Bigger trucks on roads to cost counties $40M
Cogliano, Senior Reporter
February 1, 2012
officials from around Ohio are mobilizing against a measure that would
trucks on the nation’s roads.
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is slated to vote
whether or not to allow bigger trucks, up to 97,000 pounds for
trucks and more than 100,000 pounds for double- and triple-trailer
American roads. Currently, the limit is 80,000 pounds.
County officials say if the new limits are passed, it might be forced
roughly $500,000 just to perform engineering analysis of bridges within
county. And the cost to all Ohio counties could top $40 million,
County Engineers Association of Ohio.
trucks accelerate the deterioration of the nation’s highways, roads and
bridges,” said Fredrick Pausch, executive director of the association.
will put further pressure on funding sources to maintain and repair
roadways. As income from the gas tax continues to decline, counties are
having difficulty keeping up with the needed repair.”
companies such as Kraft Foods Inc.
The Home Depot
have been among those
asking for rules that would give states more leeway to allow
trucks on interstate highways, Blooomberg reported.
prices have soared, trucking companies have sought new ways to move
less fuel, including loading more freight onto semi-truck trailers, the
said. That effort has resulted in a host of state-level weight limit
including breaks in Ohio for those moving steel coils and other
area has long been a hub for trucking companies because of its central
location and the intersection of Interstates 75 and 70. The industry
serves many companies that have chosen to build in the region because
access to highways.
The area is
home to numerous regional and national trucking companies including ABF
Systems, which employs 630 people in Huber Heights and is the largest
subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corp.
Ohio has roughly 44,000 bridges, more than
any other state except Texas. Ohio ranks fifth in the nation with
structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
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