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Transportation bill would allow longer, heavier trucks

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Could tractor trailer rigs almost as long as Boeing 737s be driving on a highway near you?

If a new transportation bill proposed by House Republicans passes, the answer is yes.

The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act introduced this week contains a controversial provision that would increase the federal weight limit and allow big rigs to be as much as ten feet longer than they are now.

Opponents of the measure say bigger trucks on the roads would increase the number of serious wrecks and put further stress on already crumbling roads and bridges.

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