Walker County's Whitfield Speaks Against Higher Load Limits For Loggers; Citing Damage To Roads

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Walker County Board of Commissioners Chairman Shannon Whitfield was scheduled to testify Tuesday before the Georgia Senate Transportation Committee at a hearing on SB 118. It is a proposal to allow vehicles hauling forest products to reach a total gross weight of up to 100,000 pounds on six axles. Current law allows forest products to be hauled on five axles up to 80,000 pounds with a five percent variance.
 
Chairman Whitfield said he will be speaking in opposition to this proposal, "as increased weight limits lead to a rapid decline of local roads and bridges."

The hearing takes place at 4:45 p.m.
 
The state will be providing a livestream of the committee meeting here:

The proposed legislation is available to review here:

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