Douglas hits highway weight restrictions

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Gov. Jim Douglas says he wants heavy trucks to be able to use the Interstate 89 bridge between Vermont and New Hampshire.

Douglas says he’s frustrated with weight limits on Vermont’s interstates that keep truckers from using the bridge across the Connecticut River.

The issue is important because a bridge on U.S. Route 4 between White River Junction and Lebanon, N.H., has been reduced to a 20,000-pound weight limit due to corrosion.

But in Vermont, the interstate is limited to vehicles weighing less than 80,000 pounds. New Hampshire has a 99,000-pound weight limit.

Douglas wants a federal waiver allowing Vermont to raise the interstate weight limit at least temporarily.

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