New Haven Register (CT): Bigger trucks on Conn. roads are environmental polluters, public dangers

As an environmentalist and local elected official in Hamden, I am deeply concerned about renewed efforts underway that would allow massive trucks on the roads, which would increase pollution, undermine motorist safety and damage roads and bridges.

Current proposals in Congress include increasing the weight limit of trucks from 80,000 pounds to 91,000 pounds and the length of double trailer trucks from 81 feet to 91 feet. Members of the Connecticut congressional delegation even supported at one point increasing truck weights in our state up to 100,000 pounds.

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