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Bill to explore heavier trucks on Va. roads gets another green light

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia is exploring the option of bringing heavier trucks to its roads. Right now, most tractor-trailers can weigh in at a maximum of 80,000 pounds. Lawmakers want to know what would happen at 91,000 pounds. Del. T. Scott Garrett (R-Lynchburg) introduced HB1276. It calls for VDOT to form a work group to study the impact of heavier trucks. The workgroup would examine things like safety, congestion and road wear and tear. It’s all in case Virginia opts to…

Bill to study heavier trucks on Virginia roads gets rolling

RICHMOND — Members of the House Transportation Committee approved a plan Thursday to study allowing heavier trucks on Virginia’s roads. Del. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg, proposed legislation for Virginia’s Department of Transportation to convene a work group to examine safety, efficiency and infrastructure issues involved with allowing heavier tractor-trailers on state roads. Garrett’s proposal would gather stakeholders to study the impact to the commonwealth if Virginia were to participate in a federal pilot program that would allow six-axle trucks weighing up…

Could ‘Super Trucks’ be hitting our roads soon?

Lawmakers in Virginia are considering allowing a vehicle called “Super Trucks” onto I-81. These Super Trucks would be able to carry 90,000 pounds of cargo or more, and that could mean being able to tow not one, not two, but three trailers behind them. Driving along side of tractor trailers is an everyday situation while traveling on I-81. “I’ve had many times where I’ve had one infront of you, one behind you, and one on the side of you,” said…

State lawmakers consider allowing heavier trucks on Virginia highways

ROANOKE, Va. – Heavier trucks could soon be hitting Virginia highways. State lawmakers are considering a proposal to participate in a federal pilot program that would test the use and effect of heavier trucks. Roanoke County Police Chief Howard Hall is one of many law enforcement officers concerned about the new bill making its way through the General Assembly. “This is a bad idea,” Hall said. The proposal would raise the maximum legal weight of trucks on Virginia highways by…

Virginia Could Allow Trucks Up to 11,000 Pounds Heavier Than It Does Now

Trucks traveling Virginia’s roads could get about 10,000 pounds heavier if legislation gets the OK from the General Assembly. Virginia would be able to take part in a potential federal pilot program allowing for six-axle, 91,000-pound trucks. That’s up from the current weight limit of 80,000 pounds in the commonwealth, though exceptions in many industries like logging have allowed for more. House bill 1276 and companion Senate bill 504 have pitted community organizations, the railroad industry and some truckers against…

Could ‘Super Trucks’ be hitting our roads soon?

Lawmakers in Virginia are considering allowing a vehicle called “Super Trucks” onto I-81. These Super Trucks would be able to carry 90,000 pounds of cargo or more, and that could mean being able to tow not one, not two, but three trailers behind them. Driving along side of tractor trailers is an everyday situation while traveling on I-81. “I’ve had many times where I’ve had one infront of you, one behind you, and one on the side of you,” said…

Hampton Roads highways could see heavier trucks

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) —Should heavier trucks be allowed on Virginia roads? One House and one Senate bill would make it so Virginia could be part of any federal program allowing heavier trucks on the highways. Delegate Scott Garrett sponsored the House bill. 13News Now received his talking points on House Bill 1276. This bill could permit trucks with 6 axles to carry up to 91,000 pounds on interstates. The current maximum weight is 80,000 pounds for 5 axle trucks. Spokesman…

Virginia could allow trucks up to 11K pounds heavier than it does now if these bills pass

Trucks traveling Virginia’s roads could get about 10,000 pounds heavier if legislation gets the OK from the General Assembly. Virginia would be able to take part in a potential federal pilot program that allows for six-axle, 91,000-pound trucks. That’s up from the current weight limit of 80,000 pounds in the commonwealth, though exceptions in many industries like logging have allowed for more. HB1276 and companion bill SB504 have pitted community organizations, the railroad industry and some truckers against companies that…

Washington Post: Monster trucks for Virginia’s roads? Some lawmakers want to study them; opponents see them as menace.

Monster trucks could come to Virginia’s highways if some lawmakers get their way.  These are not the fun kind of monster trucks that intentionally crush cars, motor homes and other vehicles for the entertainment of fans who crowd into arenas to see them. These would be 18-wheeler trucks rolling down ordinary highways with loads of 91,000 pounds and perhaps more. Opponents argue that the heavier trucks will inflict more damage to roads and bridges whose maintenance in the state and nationwide…

Could heavier trucks hit highways?

WASHINGTON — Big trucks with heavy loads could come to Virginia’s highways if some lawmakers get their way. These are not the fun kind of monster trucks that intentionally crush cars, motor homes and other vehicles for the entertainment of fans who crowd into arenas to see them. These would be 18-wheeler trucks rolling down ordinary highways with loads of 91,000 pounds and perhaps more. Supporters say the super trucks are important to keep commerce flowing, particularly for enterprises such…