Senate bill raises truck weight limit in Maine

Posted Dec. 13, 2009, at 7:02 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A federal bill that would allow trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds to travel Interstate 95 north of Augusta is one step closer to becoming law.

Sen. Susan Collins says the Senate on Sunday approved the 2010 transportation appropriations bill, with a provision that creates a one-year pilot project to exempt Maine’s federal highways from the 80,000-pound federal truck weight limit.

Trucks over 80,000 pounds now have to exit I-95 at Augusta and travel on secondary roads through towns and cities, raising concerns about safety and wear and tear on state roads.

The bill also includes a provision that would allow heavier trucks on federal highways in Vermont for a one-year period.

The bill will now be sent to the president for his signature.

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