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Ohio Governor Proposes Higher Truck Weight Limit

August 20, 2010

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Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has proposed to increase truck weights on the state's highways to increase exports
, according to reports by the Associated Press.

The proposal would raise weight limits on trucks carrying international shipping containers from the current 80,000 pounds to 94,000 pounds.

Critics of the plan believe the move would further deteriorate roads. The AP cited a 2009 study by the Ohio Department of Transportation, which found that overweight trucks are to blame for about $144 million in pavement damage to the state's highways per year.

But supporters believe the increase would put Ohio on par with other states with higher weight limits, such as Illinois and Virginia, the AP reports.

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