Group wants stricter enforcement of truck weight limitsA state trucking group says it wants a crackdown on trucks that exceed weight limits. Oversize trucks have reemerged as an issue, after the closing of a bridge in Wisconsin's most highly-traveled highway interchange.
By: Chuck Quirmbach, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
A state trucking group says it wants a crackdown on trucks that exceed weight limits. Oversize trucks have reemerged as an issue, after the closing of a bridge in Wisconsin's most highly-traveled highway interchange.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) says trucks exceeding weight limits is a key reason that the northbound U.S. 45 bridge in the Zoo Interchange in Milwaukee County is now shut down and traffic is being diverted. The state patrol says it recently ticketed dozens of oversized trucks, but bridge sensors show that more than 1,000 oversize vehicles have used the bridge each week in the last several months.
The Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association (WMCA) says it does not condone trucks violating weight limits. Association president Tom Howells says the motor carriers hold seminars to encourage truckers to comply with state laws. But he says that some truckers are disobeying weight limits, and ought to be caught and fined.
The gubernatorial campaign of Democrat Tom Barrett was offered a chance to comment on oversize trucks, but declined. Last Friday afternoon, Republican candidate Scott Walker was asked the question, and chose to blame the DOT for not raising the issue earlier.
The DOT studied oversized trucks a couple of years ago, and set tougher weight limits in the zoo interchange last summer.