Casey attacks provision to allow longer trucks on highways

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 24, 2015 11:35 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's senior U.S. senator says he wants a provision to allow longer tractor-trailer trucks on highways in Pennsylvania removed from a bill to extend federal transportation programs for six years.

Senators are debating the bill. 

Democratic Senator Bob Casey says the provision would make road travel more dangerous for motorists and truckers alike and put a greater strain on the commonwealth's aging highways and bridges.

It would allow 85-feet double tractor-trailer trucks, in contrast to the 53-feet single-trailer trucks currently on Pennsylvania highways.

The provision has already passed the House. 

Police organizations oppose the measure, while trucking organizations support it as a way to improve efficiency. Jim Runk of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association says  longer trailers wouldn't jeopardize safety and weight limits would remain the same.

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