Sumter Co. leaders oppose new road limits

Sumter Co. leaders oppose new road limits

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Sumter County leaders oppose a state bill that would allow even larger log trucks on county-maintained roads.

Currently, 80,000 pound loads can use county roads only as a way to get to state routes.

County leaders say the trucks use them as short cuts, even though they're not constructed for that much weight.

House bill 411 would raise the limit to 84,000 pounds.

"Our concern is with greater weights, we'll have more rapid deterioration and we just don't have the funds to repair and replace these roads," said Public Works Director Frank Whitaker.

Whitaker says it would cost the county around 80-million dollars to repave roads for these weight limits.

He says the bridges the heavy loads could also destroy bridges.

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