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County engineer opposes load limit increase

Proposal to allow 97,000 pound tractor-trailers being considered

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A tractor-trailer makes its way Monday on County Road 130. An amendment reportedly floating around the Ohio Statehouse would increase the load limit on public roads to 97,000 pounds, a move county engineers are against. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)

Watchers of Ohio state politics anticipate an amendment this week that if passed would increase the load limit for tractor-trailers on state routes.

The move to permit 97,000 pound trucks with an increased axle configuration is expected to come during a joint conference committee of state senators and representatives discussing House Bill 51 — Ohio’s transportation budget bill.

Supporters of the rule say it could help spur economic growth, but opponents argue a load limit increase will only serve to speed up an already aging infrastructure.

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