Federal bridge formula exemption passes in Illinois

| Friday, May 30, 2003

A 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.

SB1453 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.

The 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 114-0.

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