Truck Weights Temporarily Lifted in Maine 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Gov. John Baldacci says he’s pleased by aU.S. Senate panel’s approval of a plan to temporarily lift federaltruck weight limits in Maine. The Appropriations subcommittee on transportation on Wednesdayapproved Sen. Susan Collins’ plan for a one-year pilot projectexempting Maine’s highways from the 80,000-pound federal truckweight limit. Collins, R-Maine, said the current weight limit disparity onvarious segments of Maine’s interstate highways is an impediment tocommerce, increases wear-and-tear on the state’s secondary roadsand puts residents at risk. Maine’s Congressional delegation has been working since 1994 tochange a law which forces northbound trucks weighing more than80,000 pounds off Interstate 95 in Augusta. That’s forced heavytrucks traveling I-95 to Houlton onto smaller, secondary roads thatpass through cities, towns and villages.