The Obama administration is supporting making permanent a pilot program in Maine and Vermont that allows 100,000-pound rigs on interstates in
Maine and Vermont. Current rules prohibit trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds. The Coalition Against Bigger Trucks spoke out against the provision, saying federal studies show heavier trucks dramatically increase damage to roads and bridges. "Every trip made by these oversized rigs costs taxpayers money and adds to our deficit at a time when the Highway Trust Fund has required multiple infusions of cash to prevent its insolvency," the coalition said.