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Bigger trucks will cause bigger problem for Iowa's ailing bridges, state and local officials tell Congress

Jul 09, 2019 at 10:17 AM CST
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As Iowa continues to find itself leading the nation in battered bridges, some local officials have called attention to the size of the trucks on the roads. In June, more than 50 Iowa leaders — including mayors, county supervisors and engineers, joined more than 1,000 officials across the country in a letter to Congress expressing opposition to proposals to allow for increased truck length or weight. “Local communities and our residents are what drive this country. We work every day to make sure the needs and safety of our residents are met. Allowing heavier and longer trucks will most certainly set us back in our efforts,” the letter states.