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For Immediate Release

Date: 12/14/10

GOP House leaders praise Sen. Susan Collins for truck limit extension

AUGUSTA - House Speaker Bob Nutting and Reps. Phil Curtis and Andre Cushing today thanked Sen. Susan Collins for her work to extend the federal truck weight limit project in Maine.

Sen. Collins announced today that the Senate Appropriations Committee has agreed to support a one-year extension to allow trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds continued use of Maine's federal interstates. The measure still must pass the full Senate and House before taking effect. The pilot project is set to expire on Dec. 17th.

"This is great news this holiday season for out trucking industry here in Maine," said Speaker Nutting (R-Oakland). "I know how difficult political negotiations can be, and Senator Collins has stood at the forefront of this issue all along. Her efforts in getting this done at the last hour make her a true hero to our trucking community."

"Senator Collins deserves a great deal of credit for persevering in getting this extension," said Rep. Curtis (R-Madison), the leader of the House Republicans. "As a highway consultant, I understand the importance of safety on Maine's secondary roads. Allowing heavy trucks to use Maine's federal interstates, such as I-95 and I-295, will remove that traffic from our downtowns and rural roads and enhance safety for Maine motorists."

Rep. Cushing (R-Hampden), the assistant House majority leader, said the one-year project has been a great success and deserves to be continued. "This project has been a winner all around," he said. "As Senator Collins noted in her announcement, it has improved safety, saved energy and reduced emissions. It also has helped save jobs by enabling Maine companies to receive raw materials and ship products more economically. We tip our hat to Senator Collins for her determination in getting the job done. Now we need the cooperation of the U.S. House to bring it to reality."

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