Bill would let states decide on heavier trucks on U.S. interstates

12/12/2011 | Bloomberg

Proposed legislation by Rep. Michael Michaud, D-Maine, would allow states to determine the frequency and length of time 97,000-pound trucks can travel on interstate roads and bridges. In most states, trucks can weigh a maximum of 80,000 pounds, except in Maine and Vermont. Critics counter that the country's aging and structurally deficient infrastructure may not be able to withstand such heavy loads. "The entire country’s motoring public will be put in grave danger," said John Lannen, executive director of the Truck Safety Coalition.

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