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January 27, 2012

Heavier trucks may be coming to America's highways; Congress may increase max weight to 97,000 pounds, up from 80,000

Opponents worry that allowing heavier trucks on highways will severely damage roads and especially bridges. Truckscales

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The threat on many bridges is really high. Through continued application of the weight of the trucks it may collapse. The government should update more old bridges if they want to avoid terrible accidents like a collapsing bridge.

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The increase in maximum load carrying of the trucks does bring good news to transporters but it endangers the safety of the bridges which may get collapsed due to such heavy load.

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I recently watched an episode at Discovery Channel on how they would remedy this problem. It is good that engineers have found a way to redesign the old bridges.

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8 tons is a pretty big increase in the max weight limit. I have to wonder if our good congressmen bothered to consider the strain all that added weight will put on the vehicle, the road, and most - if not all - the bridges of America.

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