WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the House Transportation Committee prepares to unveil its surface transportation reauthorization legislation, U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) has called on committee leaders to leave out any language that would increase the size or weight limits for trucks on our highways.
In a letter to Chairman John L. Mica (R-Fla.) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-W.V.), Lautenberg emphasized the danger posed to other drivers and damage to the roadways caused by bigger, heavier trucks.
“While trucks play an important role in our transportation system, they can exact a hefty toll on our communities and on our transportation infrastructure, including roads and bridges,” Lautenberg wrote.
“Larger and heavier trucks also mean more wear and tear on our infrastructure. This point is critical, considering the backlog on highway and bridge maintenance in the current budgetary climate. Nearly 27 percent of our nation’s bridges are in need of serious repair, including 36 percent of New Jersey’s bridges,” the senator wrote.
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