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Idaho Terrain and Climate
One of America’s foremost agricultural states, Idaho is sparsely populated, but well connected. Bordered by Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Canada, the major cities of Idaho Falls and Boise are situated in the south-east and south-west of the state.
Despite its landlocked position, western Idaho has a primarily maritime climate, tempering the potential severity of the winter weather in this northern state. The south and east of the state have a semi-arid climate, similar to that of central states on the plains. Most of Idaho, particularly its centre, is covered by forest. The major road networks serve the far south, north and east of the state, with the centre and west relying primarily on state road networks.
Idaho isn’t nicknamed the Potato State for nothing. It still produces a third of the potatoes consumed in the USA.
Throughout its history—the early French-Canadian trapper influence in place names is obvious—Idaho has also supplied lumber and forestry products and is abundant in natural resources, in particular, gem stones. In recent years, Idaho has expanded its science and technology sector, and today it is home to the Idaho National Laboratory, which manages and stores nuclear waste. As a result, the state is experienced in handling the transportation of hazardous materials on its roads.
Idaho Shipping and Trucking to Texas, Colorado, Illinois and More
Idaho shipping companies are well placed for transporting goods across the northern and western USA. As well as providing regular freight trips to California and neighboring Utah, Idaho also trades extensively with near neighbors in the northeast, including Ohio, Illinois and Michigan.
Idaho Trucking Rules and Regulations
Freight travel for loads 10 feet wide or more is permitted in Idaho from hal
f an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset. Chains must be used when weather requires this on I-90 at Lookout Pass and the Fourth of July Pass and on state highway 12 at Lolo Pass.
You can find permit applications and read more on Idaho’s trucking regulations on the state’s trucking site. Internal or in-state trucking companies in Idaho with a GVW of less than 26,001 pounds do not require DOT numbers.
Idaho’s standard legal truck measurements are as follows:
- Length: 75’-0”
- Width: 8’-6”
- Height: 14’-0”
- Overhang: 4’-0” in front and no more than 10’-0” at the rear.
- Weight: 80,000 pounds with no more than 14,000 pounds on the steer axle and 20,000 pounds on any other axle
Over-weight or over-size loads eligible for transportation permits in Idaho can be:
- Length: 110’-0” to 115’-0” depending on the use of two or four-lane highways.
- Weight: 118,000 pounds (if the truck has six axles)
A pilot car is required for any vehicles on two-lane highways that are over 100’-0” long, 16’-0” high and 12’-1” wide. On Interstate four-lane highways, a pilot vehicle is required for vehicles over 115’-0” long, 16’-0” high and 15’-1” wide.
Idaho is connected by I-15, I-84, I-86 and I-90. I-90 cuts across the north of Idaho, connecting Washington and Montana. A small section of I-86 connects with the I-84 between Twin Falls and Pocatello, connecting south-eastern Idaho to Utah. I-84 joins state capital Boise to Portland in Oregon and southern Washington State. I-15 is perhaps the most used internal interstate for Idaho freight companies, connecting the I-90 in the north with the I-84 in the south, via Idaho Falls, Butte and the beautiful Beaverhead National Forest. A network of state roads encircles the central forest.
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Freight Rate Central Idaho Freight Trucking Service Points
Our LTL Freight Carriers and FTL Trucking Partners In Idaho include:
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