Senate OKs heavy trucks in Maine, Vt.

Posted Nov. 01, 2011, at 1:54 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 01, 2011, at 3:31 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A measure that allows trucks weighing up to 100,000 pounds to use interstate highways in Maine and Vermont has won Senate passage, putting the provision one step closer to final approval.

The heavy truck provision was included in a transportation spending bill that was approved 69-30 Tuesday.

Currently, trucks weighing between 80,000 and 100,000 pounds are forbidden from using the interstates and they must use state roads that pass through towns in Maine and Vermont.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont have been pressing to restore and make permanent a pilot program for heavy trucks that wrapped up last year.

There has been no House action. A spokesman for Collins says a conference committee is meeting and final approval could come next week.