Legislation to allow heavier loads on N. Minnesota roads

  • Article by: Pat Doyle , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 24, 2013 - 10:03 PM

In the legislative session’s final hours, competing interests jockeyed over rules to allow heavier loads in northern Minnesota.

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samiamMay. 25, 13 6:59 AM

Not good timing considering the I-5 bridge collapse was caused by an oversized load.

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supervon2May. 25, 13 7:25 AM

If you go to Michigan you will see 7-axel trucks all over the place and their roads are in excellent shape, sans Detroit. This is need to haul grain crops from ND to the ports as well as wood. They needed this for years. Samiam-loaded trucks are not oversized. Your logic is poor.

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fwallenMay. 25, 13 7:38 AM

Great, passs the legislation, but fail to provide roads that are up to the task. Go figure!

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owatonnabillMay. 25, 13 8:16 AM

"Not good timing considering the I-5 bridge collapse was caused by an oversized load." ............ Oversized. Not overweight. The TOP of the load clipped the bridge structure causing the collapse. But in any case, not all roads are created equal. One would hope that MNDOT will take this into account. Some of the roads in Northern MN, even the State highways, are in pretty bad shape already and this law will only add to the damage.

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Kathy_BrandtMay. 25, 1310:04 AM

So, legislation will magically make the roads strong enough to handle the heavier roads? If they aren't built to handle heavier roads, no legislation is going to fix that. Nor will future legislators have the guts to fund repairs after the roads have been ruined. We here in SW Minnesota have waited for over 50 years to get highway 60, a main artery from South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and our immediate area to the Cities, made safe for increasing traffic. We are still waiting.

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Kathy_BrandtMay. 25, 1310:09 AM

"So, legislation will magically make the roads strong enough to handle the heavier roads?" LOADS, sorry.

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mpdad1638May. 25, 1310:21 AM

What they don't take into account in addition to damage to the roads the trucks have additional problems with brakes, suspension, steering & load securement. This is a bad idea.

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paulskiMay. 25, 1310:34 AM

I say when the roads up that way fall apart, the locals up there can fix them.

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Lifeguard06May. 25, 1310:59 AM

Then I don't want a gas tax to fix a bridge I never use.

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garagewineMay. 28, 1310:16 AM

"Not good timing considering the I-5 bridge collapse was caused by an oversized load."---Oversized in that case referred to the fact that the truck was too TALL for the bridge's clearance (16 ft. vs 14) and knocked out one of the bridge's structural components. It had nothing to do with the weight of the load it was carrying.

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