As you read "The Top 20 Reasons U.S. 12 Is Special" below, you'll quickly understand why travel-tourism - including local residents' own recreational pursuits - remains the single growing U.S. 12 corridor industry from Lewiston to Lolo Pass. You will also quickly realize why turning U.S. 12 into a mega-load industrial truck route would not only be totally incompatible with the corridor but, for both people and place, a tragedy. No politician, port manager, transportation department director, nor Big Oil executive who cares about the rural people of Highway 12 would instigate such a tragedy. Since they apparently don't care, we the people must stand up for ourselves and say NO.

Top 20 Reasons U.S. 12 Is Special

  1. Runs through the Nez Perces' ancient homeland.
  2. The Nez Perce National Historic Park is located here, including the headquarters and museum
  3. Nationally designated the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway.
  4. Nationally designated 1 of the nation's 27 All-American Roads.
  5. Crosses and parallels for 80+ miles the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
  6. Crosses and parallels for 80+ miles the Nez Perce National Historic Trail.
  7. Runs for 70+ miles beside 2 nationally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Middle Fork of the Clearwater and the Lochsa, and provides access to a 3rd, the Selway River.
  8. Travels beside and provides access to the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, one of the nation's most cherished wilderness areas.
  9. National - even international - reknown of the Lochsa River for its world-class spring whitewater.
  10. Named by Motorcycle Magazine as the #1 recreational motocycle route in the nation (many curves, much beauty).
  11. Comprises a segment of the nationally recognized TransAmerica Bicycle Route.
  12. Bisects the old growth Bernard Devoto Cedar Grove.
  13. Crosses the Pacific Coast Disjunct Area, which includes rare plants for Idaho environs.
  14. Lies within yards of USFS campgrounds, dispersed campsites, USFS and Nat'l Park Service interpretive sites, beaches and picnic sites.
  15. Provides access to suspension bridges and dozens of trails used by hunters, fishers and wilderness trekkers and horseback riders, including access to the Idaho Bicentennial Trail and the Lochsa River Historical Trail.
  16. Provides access to the Lochsa Historical Ranger Station, the McBeth House, historical churches, Big Eddy Marina at Dworshak Reservoir, and Spalding Park.
  17. Runs alongside streams providing habitat of vital importance to salmon, steelhead, eel, bass and trout fisheries.
  18. Runs through the wild habitats of a myriad of birds and other wildlife.
  19. Runs for miles as a narrow, winding, shoulderless roadway within feet of rivers that provide domestic water supplies for 3 towns: Kamiah, Orofino and Lewiston.
  20. Provides both an access route and a destination for travelers/tourists and recreationists who spend millions of dollars annually at over 150 small businesses, Lewiston to Lolo Pass, as part of the single growing industry of the corridor communities which comprise an economically depressed region of Idaho.

    Does Idaho State Government, the Port of Lewiston, and the Idaho Congressional Delegation truly want to see U.S.12 in Idaho become an industrial truck route for gargantuan loads wider than the roadbed and weighing more than half a million pounds?

    Are they willing to obligate taxpayers to long-term road repairs that will amount to taxpayers' subsidizing giant international corporations once those corporations' gargantuan shipments have caused road damage on U.S.12 due to extraordinarily over-legal axle weights?

    Are they willing to take the cultural, environmental, and economic risks associated with that change in the use of the U.S. 12 scenic byway?

    Also see U.S. 12 Travel/Tourism businesses.

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The 2011 Mega-Count

1 = Imperial/Exxon test shipment, February 2010
4 = ConocoPhillips
207 = Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil
63 = Korea National Oil (Harvest), a government-owned company
?? = Shell
?? = Premay Equipment
11 = Nickel Brothers

How many more?
According to the New York Times, Oct. 22, 2010: Port Manager Doeringsfeld "said he had been approached by several other companies..."
24=day Imperial Exxon's so-called "test" shipment took to cross Idaho (174 miles)
60 = Imperial/Exxon modules shipping north from the Port of Vancouver, Washington.
33 = Imperial/Exxon modules being cut in half at the Port of Lewiston, Idaho, for shipment via Highway 95 to I-90 & east to Montana.


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