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State lax on enforcing weight limits on trucks

Pat Stith of The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer, with assistance from database editor David Raynor and news researcher Brooke Cain, reports that "the state Department of Transportation has ignored a series of increases in truck weights approved by the legislature and failed to protect more than 1,000 bridges that are not strong enough to routinely handle the added weight." As North Carolina legislators increased weight limits four times since 1993, the state did not identify and update information on bridges affected by the changes.

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