Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Letters to the Editor

April 22, 2011

Clarification on Two Rivers article

Tracy —  

To the editor:
I want to make one clarification on the article in the Journal-Express on April 15.  
When (County Engineer Roger Schletzbaum) was talking about the number of trucks, he said that the grain facility will generate 5,700 truck units per year.  You have to realize that the Iowa DOT requires the county to report traffic in “single axle, 18,000 pound units”.  
A single axle, 18,000 pound unit equals 321 bushel units.  (18,000 divided by 56 per bushel for corn).  All county engineers must convert agricultural traffic counts to this old, out dated number.  When we talk about semis, one semi equals between three and four single axle truck units.  
If we take the 5,700 units that he stated and divide it by four (each semi hauling 1,000 bushels) we come up with 1,425 semi units.  This is very close to the 1,200 semi units we have been talking about.  
I am afraid that some people will not understand this when they read the article.  I think they may think we are talking about 5,700 individual trucks.  Even the wagons that farmers use to haul grain to the elevator will equal between 2 and 3 and as much as 4 “single axle unit”.  
Thanks.
Craig Hetland
Tracy Location Manager
Two Rivers Cooperative

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