Idaho Owner Operator Jobs

TS-image-78458322Idaho roads, like those in many other states, need some help. A third of the state’s highway bridges are at least 50 years old, and nearly a quarter of the state’s roads are in poor to mediocre condition. What this means for the owner operator in Idaho is that some highways have changing weight and speed restrictions based on the season of the year. The roads with seasonal weight restrictions are marked and information about limits is available online.

The state formed a task force in 2009 to attempt to address highway needs. While the state has identified hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of needed projects, funding those projects is problematic. Although Idaho’s population grew by 56 percent between 1990 and 2010, state and federal revenue hasn't kept pace.

Several interstate highways cross the state. Interstate 15 crosses north to south, while I-84, I-86 and I-90 cross from east to west. Seven other U.S. highways also run in Idaho. Twenty-two percent of the state’s major urban highways are congested, including the interstates. I-15, with its route from California’s border with Mexico to the Canadian border, will most likely see an increase in traffic. A large portion of the highway is officially part of the CANAMEX Corridor as a result of NAFTA.

Due to sometimes severe winter weather, Idaho has a chain law on the books. The law only applies to Lolo Pass on US Highway 12, Lookout Pass on I-90 and 4th of July Pass which is also on I-90.

The Idaho state government publishes a handy trucker’s handbook which is also available online. The handbook has a list of all the paperwork needed to operate safely and legally within the state. There are also some useful charts to calculate weights limits for bridges.

Trucks must be registered in Idaho if work is performed in Idaho. For vehicles over 10,000 pounds and in the state overnight to further their business, a license is required. The driver can purchase a temporary permit, or the vehicle can be registered in Idaho. A maximum of three temporary registration permits are allowed each calendar year.

Idaho participates in the NORPASS program, so clearing weight stations can usually be accomplished without stopping.

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