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Idaho Looks at Plans to Allow Heavier Trucks on Roadways

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s highway agency will be in the spotlight of transportation activists next week when members of its board of directors meet about new rules meant to allow bigger trucks on the state’s roads.

The Idaho Transportation Board holds a subcommittee on Monday about how to implement legislation that could allow 129,000 pound trucks on designated state and local highways. The new law was among the most-talked-about pieces of legislation of the 2013 session.

The timber industry successfully fought for the package, over objections from foes who contend that allowing 129,000 pound trucks — above the current limit of 105,500 pounds — on more roads could make for more dangerous driving. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter signed the law, but says he doesn’t want big trucks to be allowed over local communities’ objections.

 

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