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Cramer Ushers ND Truck Weight Provision Through House Appropriations Process

Jul 26, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressman Kevin Cramer secured a truck weight provision important to North Dakota in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill. On July 17, the House Appropriations Committee approved the bill with Cramer’s language included.

“In times of low commodity prices, granting the State of North Dakota the discretion to manage truck weight limits up to 129,000 pounds would help our farmers more effectively bring their commodities to market,” Cramer said. “Not only would this benefit the heart of our economy, it would also reduce trucks on roadways, ease wear on highway pavement, and lower logistical costs.”

The House Appropriations Committee approved Cramer’s request to include appropriations language, originally introduced by Cramer as a standalone bill (H.R. 738), which would allow the state of North Dakota to permit trucks weighing up to 129,000 pounds on the two federal interstates within the state’s borders. Earlier this year, the North Dakota legislature passed HB 1255 unanimously in both the House and Senate. It was signed into law by Governor Burgum in April. The ND bill allows the North Dakota Department of Transportation to adopt rules to increase truck weights to 129,000 pounds on the two federal interstates and several major state highways within the state. Cramer’s language, if included in the final spending package, would grant North Dakota the authority to raise the weight limits to harmonize weights with Montana, South Dakota, Idaho, and Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Read Congressman Cramer’s written testimony here.

Industry Support for truck weights: ND Barley Council, ND Corn Growers Association, ND Grain Growers Association, ND Intermodal Initiative, ND Soybean Growers Association, ND Trade Office, ND Wheat Commission, Northern Canola Growers Association, Northern Pulse Growers Association, Sugar Beet Growers Association, American Crystal Sugar Company, MINN-DAK Farmers Cooperative, ND Farmers Union, Greater ND Chamber, Northern Plains Potato Growers