Loads of Weight

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The amount of weight a semi-truck can carry is being debated on the local and national level.

Michael Gaynor, a representative with Go Rail, visited with the Muskingum County Commissioners and Engineer’s Office on Monday to discuss proposed legislation that would increase the load limit for trucks from 80,000 to 97,500 pounds. His organization is against the measure and hopes government and law enforcement officials around Ohio will agree.

"It was informative I’m going to go back go back to the county engineer and inform him of what happened today and discuss supporting the issue," said Communications Coordinator Brian Taylor with the Muskingum County Engineer’s Office.

Gaynor said there will be a number of consequences if it is passed, including the scope and scale of accidents due to the stopping distance and will divert usage of the railroad system. Taylor adds that it could also affect the county’s budget which is already tight.

"When you go putting more stress on these roadways it increases the costs of repairs and replacements of bridges," he said.

Another bill known as SHIPA is under review and if passed, would freeze the current weight a truck can transport.

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