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Heavy trucks return to small roads in Maine, Vt.

By CLARKE CANFIELD

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — After a one-year hiatus, heavy trucks are again rumbling through small towns across Maine and Vermont.

A pilot project that allowed trucks weighing up to 100,000 pounds onto interstate highways in the two states ended in December, forcing trucks filled with petroleum, gravel, paper products and other heavy loads back onto state roads that pass through residential areas and business districts.

In this tourist shopping town 15 miles north of Portland, an estimated 100 or more of the trucks roll down Main Street each day, passing by the L.L. Bean flagship store, outlets, restaurants and retail spots while shoppers and tourists amble over crosswalks and cars pull in and out of side streets.

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