After nearly five and a half hours of testimony, members of the House Transportation Committee voted Thursday to approve House Bill 189 which would increase the weight limit for semi-trucks to 90,000 pounds – five tons heavier than the standard 80,000 pound trucks on the road currently. This approval also came after more than 100 local county commissioners, mayors, council members and public safety officials, pressed the state lawmakers to reject the bill in a letter. The bill now moves on to the House Rules committee on an 18-11 vote.

Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Russell McMurry and Chief Engineer Meg Pirkle were among those speaking out against the bill – which was introduced by Rep. Steven Meeks (R-Screven). Pirkle opened her comments to the committee members by saying “this bill deeply troubles me. The impacts on roads and bridges are real.” 

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