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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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House backs weight limits on Highway 41

The House has approved via voice vote a resolution grandfathering weight limits on U.S. 41 when it's converted to an interstate.

In a joint statement, U.S. Reps. Reid Ribble and Tom Petri -- the authors of the measure -- praised the vote, as well as the cooperation among the Wisconsin delegation.

"I’m pleased we were able to move this important legislation along so that trucks currently using the road can continue to use it once it becomes a part of the Interstate system," said Petri, R-Fond du Lac. "And I’m glad that we have the bipartisan cooperation of the Wisconsin delegation and our two senators."

"Highway 41 is an important thoroughfare for the entire state, and this legislation will not only keep the highway safe and secure for all its users, it will also ensure local manufacturers and businesses will not see any disruption in their shipping routes, providing much-needed certainty to the local economy," added Ribble, R-Sherwood.

Gov. Scott Walker urged the Senate to approve the legislation, saying the highway is key for many businesses to move goods to and from market.


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