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Committee Puts Trucking Project on Hold

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Committee Puts Trucking Project on Hold

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By Bill Johnson A proposed two-year project that would allow double- and triple-trailer trucks on some of the state's main highways was put on hold Thursday by a legislative committee.

The Oklahoma House of Representatives Transportation Committee voted 14-12 to direct that the so-called demonstration project be postponed until legislative hearings could be conducted. The resolution now goes to the full House.

The project was called for in the Trucking Industry Self-funded Research and Development, or TISRAD, program, a legislative-approved program designed to make Oklahoma a national trucking hub.

Vince Robison of the Associated Motor Carriers urged the committee not to delay the study. But John Kyle, who represents railroad interests, contended the proposal was another step toward the Legislature's loss of right to set truck weights on the state's highways.

As far as jobs and economic development are concerned, ``this is as important an issue that you will face,'' Robison said. Kyle contended jobs would be lost in both the railroad and trucking industries.

Delmas Ford, the state's new secretary of transportation, told the committee that the Oklahoma Department of Transportation was opposed to the plan because of fears about additional road and bridge damage. But, Ford said, if the Oklahoma Legislature authorizes the study, he was sure ``we can make it work'' with the cooperation of all those involved.

The Trucking Industry Self-funded Research and Development proposal would allow these large trucks, called long combination vehicles or LCVs, of up to 105,500 pounds to operate on nearly 1,500 miles of Oklahoma interstate, turnpike and limited-access four-lane highways for two years in the study. …

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