that would extend an exception to the
federal bridge formula for certain dump
trucks in Illinois is now law.
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.
Rod Blagojevich signed the bill into law
July 11, making it Public Act 93-0186.
It was approved by the Senate 53-0 on
March 20 and passed the House May 21 by
a vote of 114-0.