US 95 South out of Lewiston, Idaho?

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  1. Six9GS

    Six9GS Medium Load Member

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    I picked up a load in Lewiston Idaho heading to SoCal. I was routed West on 12 and down to Pendleton Oregon and then over Cabbage instead of down US 95. Even Trucker Path gave me the West on 12 route when I checked. It seems like US 95 South would be a better route and about 35 miles shorter, but 2 different truck routing thingies didn't think so. Is there something I don't know about US 95 from Lewiston to Ontario Oregon?
     
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  3. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    US 95 between Grangeville, ID and Council, ID is not truck friendly. I'm newish to Idaho but my company trainer is from Northern Idaho, likes off-roading for recreation and told us "don't be tempted to take a 53 ft trailer & tractor up US 95." I think it's the curvy section south of Grangeville that is the problem. In the atlas the road has a long section that is not highlighted as STAA quality so it's going to be narrow, maybe very narrow.
     
  4. mitmaks

    mitmaks Road Train Member

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    Yeah its not truck route afaik. I believe you have to buy permit to have 53ft trailer on that section as well
     
  5. Six9GS

    Six9GS Medium Load Member

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    I just checked my trucker atlas and you are exactly 100% correct. I'm the map guy (20+ years as a cartographer) and I didn't think to check the atlas. Guess I'll have to make myself a dunce cap and wear it! Well, at least I was smart enough to take the route I was given and not take US95 cause "I" thought it was a better route!
     
  6. supersnackbar

    supersnackbar Road Train Member

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    It's called Hell's Canyon. It is beautiful scenery if you have the time (and the money, it requires a 53' trailer permit). Lots of hills and curves and slow roads.
     
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    Six9GS Medium Load Member

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    I prefer US93 over US95. But, both have beautiful scenery.
     
  8. dptrucker

    dptrucker Road Train Member

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    taken that route.
    need to have a permit and it has some sharp curves.
    beautiful drive.
     
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  9. MysticHZ

    MysticHZ Road Train Member

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    It's not that bad, been on tighter roads back east ... Requires a permit to keep your tandems forward. Swift runs paper loads down that route all the time.
     
  10. Long FLD

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    It’s truck friendly, just a two lane road and you need a permit for a 53ft trailer. We always figured about a 45mph average from Lewiston to I-84 at 105k gross.
     
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    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    Also if you just need the length permit only and not extended weight with it it used to be $45 a year. And you’re allowed 38k on your tandems when you have them sucked ahead.
     
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