MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Senate has approved a bill designed to encourage large commercial trucks to use the state's interstate highways rather than smaller roads.
The bill takes advantage of a federal pilot program lifting an 80,000-pound limit on trucks using the interstate highways. The state measure takes a similar step, with the aim of lessening the traffic of big trucks on Vermont's smaller roads.
The bill passed the Senate with bipartisan support.
Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin says it will help downtown businesses and improve road safety on Vermont's two-lane highways.
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