According to a brand new state study, overweight trucks are causing
tens of millions of dollars in road damage each year in North Carolina, and a
state representative wants to do something to lessen the damage and recoup
Rep. Nelson Cole, D-Rockingham, commissioned the study from the North
Carolina Department of Transportation. The study determined that trucks
weighing more than 40 tons caused nearly $130 million in damages in a year in
all road categories.
NCDOT released its preliminary report this week, but a more detailed
report is expected when the state legislature reconvenes in February.
Cole told the Eden Daily News the overweight trucks “ought to pay” for the damages. He said the General
Assembly could possibly restrict not only weight, but also the exemptions
currently granted to agricultural haulers on roads not suited for extra weight.
The author of the study, Judith Corley-Lay, stated heavy trucks caused
roads to fail up to three years earlier than anticipated, which leads to more
frequent overlays and repairs.