One-Year Pilot Test On I-95 For Larger Trucks 

A federal bill allowing trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds is one step closer to driving north of Augusta on I-95.According to Sen. Susan Collins, the Senate approved the 2010 transportation appropriation bill on Sunday, with a provision that creates a one-year pilot project to exempt Maine’s federal highways from the 80,000-pound federal truck weight limit. Currently, trucks that are traveling north on I-95 and weigh over 80,000 pounds have to exit at Augusta and take secondary roads, raising concerns for safety, with additional concerns for wear and tear on roads. The bill also includes a provision that would allow heavier trucks on federal highways in Vermont for a one-year period. The bill will now be sent to the president for his signature.