ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Maine Senator Susan Collins has been honored by the University of Maine for her work to get heavy trucks off of Maine's secondary roads.
Business owners and local politicians praised Sen. Collins for her efforts to secure passage of truck weight legislation.
Collins pushed for a 20 year provision for Maine trucks up to 100,000 pounds to travel on the Interstate, rather than on secondary roads.
Supporters say it makes truck routes more efficient and makes all roads safer.
"There have been accidents on the road as a result of trucks having to travel on secondary roads," says Andrew Hamilton of Mobilize Eastern Maine, "The truckers see increased costs for having to travel on secondary roads. Senator Collins had a key role in the Appropriations Committee in the Senate in introducing legislation that for 20 years will return Maine to a uniform 100,000 lb weight limit on the interstate."
President Obama signed the legislation in November.