KENTVILLE, N.S. — The East Coast trucking industry and the Atlantic Provinces Chambers of Commerce are lauding a move by Maine to increase truck weights along its Interstates.
Under a one-year pilot project, Maine has proposed allowing loads of 100,000 lbs on its Interstate system. Previously, the limit on many sections was 80,000 lbs.
“Maine’s proposed pilot to allow loads to move up from 80,000 pounds to 100,000 lbs on its Interstate highways is very encouraging,” said Bill Denyar, APCC’s president and CEO. “For Atlantic Canada and the eastern United States, it would facilitate trade between the two regions and reduce the cost of moving goods across the border.”
Currently, Canadian trucks must either offload freight when crossing the border or divert to rural roads with higher weight limits when travelling through Maine. Maine officials have endorsed increasing federal weight limits to 100,000 lbs.
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