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Highway 41 Truck Bill Passes House On To The Senate


The U.S. House of Representatives Monday passed a bill introduced by Representatives Tom Petri and Reid Ribble that will grandfather in heavier trucks once Highway 41 becomes an interstate next year.  “I’m pleased we were able to move this important legislation along so that trucks currently using the road can continue to use it once it becomes a part of the Interstate system,” said Petri, who is the chairman of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee.  “And I’m glad that we have the bipartisan cooperation of the Wisconsin delegation and our two Senators.” “Highway 41 is a huge part of our regional economy and millions of dollars in commerce depend on a fully-functioning road,” Petri continued.   Under federal law, trucks over 80,000 lbs. in gross vehicle weight cannot operate on Interstate highways.  Many have raised concerns that this federal weight limit would harm the local economy in Wisconsin and pose safety risks for communities because oversized trucks would be forced to use local roadways. Governor Scott Walker issued a statement yesterday commending the effort.

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Anonymous commented on 23-Jul-2013 08:14 AM3 out of 5 stars
How short sighted are all of these people? Roads are engineered to last a certain amount of time with a certain amount of use. Now for the sake of MINDLESS GREED you want to let them be torn up sooner as well as increase the safety dangers. I think that is pathetic. Besides, it will now cost us more as we will be tearing them up and replacing them sooner.
Anonymous commented on 24-Jul-2013 12:22 AM3 out of 5 stars
They are currently being used for loads over 80,000.
Try reading the article.

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