Senator Collins Introduces Truck Weight Legislation 

Senator Susan Collins says she’s committed to seeing truck weight limits on Maine’s highways permanently lifted.That’s why the first bill she introduced on Tuesday in the new Congressional session calls for that.A pilot project Collins pushed for that let trucks weighing up to 100,000 pounds drive on the interstate expired last month. Now, for example, trucks with more than 80,000 pounds heading north on 95 have to get off the highway in Augusta and ride on secondary roads, again. Collins told her colleagues today the benefits of returning those trucks to the interstate are clear.”In 2010, as a result of this pilot project, people throughout our state saw roads less congested, our streets safer, our air cleaner and most importantly our businesses more competitive.”Collins is sponsoring the bill with Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who’s pushing to raise the truck weight limit there, along with Maine Senator Olympia Snowe.