With legislation already pending to make a decade-old extra-heavy trucks pilot project permanent, new legislation was introduced today to expand the use of 129,000-pound semi-trucks statewide, at the discretion of local highway districts. They’d make the call based on road and bridge structural integrity standards and public safety, according to the bill. It was introduced this morning in the Senate State Affairs Committee at the request of the Idaho Forest Group, and will be referred to the Transportation Committee for a possible hearing. Already pending in the Transportation Committee is SB 1064, backed by the “Right Truck for Idaho Coalition,” to allow the heavier rigs permanently on the 35 designated southern Idaho routes where they’ve been allowed for the past 10 years as a pilot project. Idaho truck weights otherwise are limited to 105,000 pounds.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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