Ohio Official Backs Plan To Allow Heavier Trucks


UPDATED: Sunday March 10, 2013 10:16 AM

A proposal to raise the weight limit for trucks is backed by Ohio's transportation chief as economically beneficial, but it has opposition from trucking and other officials.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports that the measure would raise the maximum weight from 80,000 pounds to 90,000 pounds for trucks on state highways in Ohio, allowing them to haul more at a time. The lower limit would remain in effect for local routes and interstate highways in Ohio.

The Department of Transportation director recently told an Ohio Senate panel the amendment to the proposed state transportation budget would help economically.

A group that includes associations representing police chiefs, truck drivers and county engineers says the change would hinder safety and accelerate road damage.

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