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Utica (N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch Editorial: Bigger trucks would threaten infrastructure

How many warnings will we need before we get serious about fixing the bridges in New York state? Hopefully it won’t take a disaster like the 1987 Thruway bridge collapse to wake us up. The latest shot across the bow comes from the Federal Highway Administration which has ranked New York state eighth in the nation in terms of bridges that are rated in poor condition. One reaction to that came from the Suffolk County Legislature that recently showed its…

The Intelligencer (Wheeling, W.Va.) Editorial: Maintain Bridges, Highways in W. Va.

WHEELING – State officials are right in explaining that when a highway bridge is rated as substandard, it does not necessarily mean it is unsafe. Of West Virginia Division of Highways inspectors believe a span is dangerous, they shut it down. Often reports that large numbers of bridges are not adequate mean only that they cannot carry the bigger, heavier trucks that are more common today. +Read more…

NBC 7 News (KWWL-TV/Waterloo, Iowa): Buchanan County looking for ways to address aging bridges

BUCHANAN COUNTY, Iowa – Iowa ranks as having the worst bridges in the country by the Federal Highway Administration. County engineers across the state are trying to find a solution to fix an aging network of roads. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) reports 4,670 of the state’s 24,090 bridges are in “poor” condition and nearly half rank as just “fair.” Brian Keierleber, Buchanan County Engineer, said as trucks hauling cargo get heavier and heavier, the situation will only continue to…

CBS 7 News (WTRF-TV/Wheeling, W.Va.): West Virginia Bridges in Poor Condition

WHEELING – According to the most recent data published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), West Virginia ranks second in the nation in highest percentage of bridges in poor condition. 1,444 bridges across the state are in poor condition, which is about one of every five bridges or 20 percent of all bridges. This is a big reason why West Virginia local officials joined over 1,000 local government workers across the country in delivering a letter to Capitol Hill that…

West Virginia Public Broadcasting: Advocates at Odds Over Increasing Truck Sizes, as Data Show 20 Percent of W.Va. Bridges ‘Poor’

CHARLESTON – More than 1,400 bridges across West Virginia are in “poor” condition, according to the Federal Highway Administration. According to a new report by the agency, 1,444 bridges in the state, or nearly 20 percent, are in disrepair, the second highest rate in the country. Some advocacy groups are voicing concerns that the state’s infrastructure problems could worsen if a federal proposal to allow larger cargo trucks to hit the road is approved. Advocacy groups are dueling over a…

Tulsa World: Report ranks Oklahoma third in nation in poor bridges

OKLAHOMA CITY – A recently released report indicates Oklahoma ranks third in the nation for the highest percentage of bridges in poor condition. The information was released by the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks from Federal Highway Administration data. Large companies including Amazon, FedEx, UPS and Anheuser-Busch are lobbying Congress to allow heavier trucks and longer double-trailer trucks, according to the coalition. +Read more…

Over 1,000 Local Officials Deliver Letter to Congress Opposing Bigger Tractor-Trailers

Over 1,000 local government leaders – including mayors, county engineers and public works directors – wrote a letter in April to Congress asking policymakers to oppose any increases in truck size or weight, including longer double-trailer trucks and heavier single-trailer trucks. Click here to read more about the 2019 letter. In addition to the 1,000 community leaders opposed to bigger trucks, a 2018 poll found strong public opposition to heavier and longer tractor-trailers. The national live-operator poll found that 7 out…

National Organizations Deliver Letter to Congress in Opposition to Bigger Trucks

As the 116th Congress considers solutions for repairing and improving the nation’s transportation infrastructure, national organizations are urging Congress to oppose any legislation that would increase maximum truck size or weight limits on federal highways, as well as any legislative language that would allow bigger trucks in individual states, including any “pilot programs.” Any change overturning current federal weight laws allowing heavier or longer tractor-trailers would have detrimental impacts on our national, county and local infrastructure, costing billions of dollars…

CABT Statement in Response to Letter Requesting Heavier-Truck Provision in U.S. House Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 25, 2018 Contact: Shane Reese, 919.339.3785 STATEMENT FROM THE COALITION AGAINST BIGGER TRUCKS IN RESPONSE TO LETTER SIGNED BY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS REQUESTING HEAVIER-TRUCK PROVISION IN UPCOMING LEGISLATION: “Heavier-truck proponents continue to push for a 91,000-pound pilot project, turning our roads into test tracks and dragging American motorists into a dangerous experiment,” said Shane Reese, spokesman for the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks. “The most recent effort is a letter signed by Members of Congress asking that…

Charleston (WV) Gazette-Mail: WV senators can vote down dangerous trucks

CHARLESTON, W.V.—As the chief of police of Parkersburg and the president of the West Virginia Chiefs of Police Association, public safety is always at the forefront of my mind. But protecting our families and residents comes in many different forms. One particularly pressing and deeply troubling issue is the threat in Congress that would allow for heavier and longer tractor-trailer trucks on our roads. This is especially critical here in West Virginia because both of our U.S. senators sit on…