Look Out for 100,000 Pounds of Cheese on U.S. Highways

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Can U.S. bridges handle 100,000-pound trucks?

Cheese doesn’t often make it into the headlines on these pages. However, this cheese is different, because it has plans to hit the country’s highways. If that happens, “The entire country’s motoring public will be put in grave danger.”

Those are the words of John Lannen, executive director of The Truck Safety Coalition as quoted by Bloomberg.

If they seem like extreme words to use in reference to cheese, consider that, according to the same Bloomberg story, Kraft Foods says it needs to pack its trucks full of 97,000 pounds of the processed sandwich slices in order to combat high diesel prices. Here’s the rub, though: Interstate highways have an 80,000-pound weight limit.

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