Summit County Council has gone on record opposing a plan to increase truck weight limits on Ohio's state routes.
Council voted unanimously to oppose the state plan to increase weight limits from 80,000 pounds to 90,000 pounds. The increase is in at least one version of a transportation bill going through the statehouse in Columbus.
Heidi Swindell with the Summit County Engineer's Office says it's simple...even with more axles to carry the weight, heavier trucks mean heavier problems, and not just on state routes and interstates.
"All trips, all road trips, begin and end on local roads," Swindell tells AkronNewsNow.com. "So you're either on a township road, a county road, a municipal road, to get to the Turnpike or to the interstate."
Swindell says county engineer offices across the state are opposed to the change - and a state group representing them is leading the charge against it.
She says the weight language has been removed from the version of the bill in the Ohio Senate, but...
"But, it goes back to conference committee," Swindell explains, "and we have heard that the state House is going to try to reinsert that language at the conference committee."
The resolution passed by council means state lawmakers and Gov. Kasich will be notified of Summit County's opposition.
Swindell says 27th district state Senator Frank LaRose has taken a lead role on the issue in Columbus, and that numerous phone calls have been made and letters have been written.
She says she has heard from local counties across the state in their opposition to the increased weight limits, and hasn't heard from anyone supporting the higher weights.