bill that would extend an exception to the federal bridge formula
for certain dump trucks in Illinois has passed both houses of the
General Assembly and is on the way to the governor for his signature.
involves an exemption that has been in place since 1983. According
to Don Schaefer of the Midwest Truckers Association, dump trucks
up to 42 feet in length, used frequently in the Chicago area because
of tight streets and difficult-to-navigate corners, would be allowed
to carry up to 72,000 pounds under the extension.
current exemption ends in 2004; the new bill would extend it till
2014. The bill must be extended every 10 years. SB1453 passed the
Senate 53-0 on March 20. It passed the House May 21 by a vote of