Pilot programs for heavier-weight trucks in two states are included in the 2010 transportation bill. Maine and Vermont will conduct the programs, allowing trucks to carry more weight on their Interstate highways, once the bill is signed by President Barack Obama.
Currently, trucks over 80,000 pounds in Maine must leave I-95 in Augusta to use secondary roadways. Vermont has similar requirements.
The Consolidated Appropriations Conference report for fiscal year 2010 won approval from the U.S. Senate on Dec. 13. Six funding bills are covered under the $446.8 billion legislation, including Veteran’s Affairs and Housing and Urban Development.