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Excessive Truck Weight: An Expensive Burden We Can No Longer Support

CED-79-94 Published: Jul 16, 1979. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1979.
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The Nation's highways are deteriorating at an accelerated pace and sufficient funds are not available to cope with current needs or meet future requirements. Excess truck weight is one cause that can be controlled. By strictly enforcing their weight laws, states could virtually eliminate the damage being caused by overweight trucks. While controlling truck weights will not eliminate highway deterioration, applying federal weight limits to all trucks on federal-aid highways could substantially reduce this deterioration.

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