By  on June 10, 2008

WASHINGTON — Congress is preparing for a potentially contentious debate next year pitting advocates of improving deteriorated highways, roads and bridges against commercial truckers who want to use larger and heavier vehicles because of staggering diesel fuel prices.

Two Senate bills introduced last month center on whether the federal government should allow mammoth trucks on aging roads to help truckers and private industry compensate for soaring gas costs. Truckers face record-high diesel fuel prices that hit $4.76 a gallon on Monday, according to the American Automobile Association. Prices are expected to keep rising.

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