Maine has allowed 100,000-pound trucks on state highways and the Maine Turnpike
Maine has allowed 100,000-pound trucks on state highways and the Maine Turnpike for 15 years, even though federal law prohibits trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds from using the interstate highway system. The Federal Highway Administration withheld $4.5 million from Maine last month in response to the state's refusal to comply with the federal weight law. Maine has been in violation of the 80,000-pound regulation since the Maine Turnpike was designated an interstate highway in 1987. U.S. senator Olympia Snowe has sponsored legislation that would exempt Maine from the federal weight regulations applying to interstate highways. Heavier trucks have been shown to cause more damage to roadways, and increase the likelihood of rollovers and fatal accidents. Details.
Highways, Maine Turnpike Authority, Trucking Law and legislation
Chutchian, Kenneth Z., "Maine has allowed 100,000-pound trucks on state highways and the Maine Turnpike" (1998). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 2784.