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US May Allow Bigger, Longer Trucks On Nation’s Interstates

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – A proposal to allow bigger trucks on interstate highways is gaining legs again in Washington, DC.

The question is whether a proposal to increase the maximum truck load allowed on interstate highways to 97,000 pounds (from the current 80,000 pounds) will be included in a federal transportation funding bill.

Supporters say it will actually improve safety because it will mean fewer loads will be required to move freight by truck.

But Jim Lardear, of AAA Midatlantic, thinks it might not work out that way if the change is implemented.

“The costs for moving goods would necessarily benefit the truckers, so that more goods and services would probably go over truck drivers versus rail and other forms of transit,” he says.  “So I think it would actually increase the number of trucks on the road.”

In addition to safety concerns, AAA is also concerned about the impact of significantly bigger trucks on the nation’s already battered roads and bridges.

Reported by KYW Harrisburg Bureau chief Tony Romeo

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  • Tom McGrath

    That’s great. More truck to crush you when they are tailgating at 65MPH

  • SJ

    That’s what trains are for.

  • Joseph Harrington

    Right! Our Highway and Bridge infrastructure in the United States is unbelievably worn out and in need of repair. There should probably be a “highway czar” to handle the DOT proposals. Of course if You can build a 53′ Trailer 20% longer or at about 70 ft. perhaps the bridges could handle the loads.

  • Peter Roach

    How about improving track bed so that trains can go faster ? It is ridiculous that concrete forms take up to 9 days to go from the South to Chicago for example.
    The interstate highway systems is cracking to pieces, We don’t need this crazy idea. Is this Obmaa care for highways ?

  • Barb

    I don’t think the interstate infrastructure can handle this. I don’t think it will decrease the transit load at all.

  • motorist

    “Supporters say it will actually improve safety because it will mean fewer loads will be required to move freight by truck.”

    Is anyone familiar with the concept of a lazy-man’s load? This is NOT safer.

  • Charlie

    Any driver who’s shared the road with a double-trailer truck knows how much they shimmy and drift, especially in a cross-wind. To consider allowing triple-trailer traffic on US highways borders on reckless. For non-perishable bulk cargo over 80,000 lbs: SHIP BY RAIL.

  • grumpy

    The infrastructure of this country is a disgrace. We would rather police the world and give unlimited foreign aid to any one who asks.
    This proposal should even be considered until we upgrade our roads and bridges.
    So…..where are the jobs??????

    • Zzbar

      McDonalds going to hire 50K

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