The situation is a weighty one in
Residents in several
suburbs are complaining that increased tolls are driving trucks off the
interstates and onto state highways there, and city officials
claim that overweight trucks are causing damage to the roads.
As a solution, the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, along with
several suburbs in Lake County, north of Chicago, are using mobile scales to
crack down on overweight trucks on the interstates and on the nearby state
The Daily Herald, a
newspaper, reported the
authority plans to purchase four mobile scales that will be used to patrol
Interstate 94 in
and Interstate 90
in Kane and Cook counties.
The Herald reported that
several northern-Chicago suburbs are also using mobile scales, though it did
not say which suburbs are using the scales.
The northern suburbs have complained about increased traffic on state
Route 41 in
as well as state Routes 45, 62
and 83, according to The Herald.
State Routes 41, 45 and 83 run parallel to I-94, while state Route 62 runs parallel
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, the maximum
gross vehicle weight allowed for a five-axle truck is 80,000 pounds, though
some local roads have restrictions tighter than that.
None of the roads
listed above has any additional restrictions in the counties in question,
according to Rand McNally’s “2005 Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas.”
Truckers continue to contend the crackdown is to pressure big truck
traffic to get off those highways and go back to the pricey toll roads.