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Hazmat trucks being shifted onto Route 128

Suburban route is expected to see traffic increase

Tanker trucks full of gasoline and other hazardous materials that used to cut through the streets of Boston are now using Route 128.

The shift started earlier this summer after the state Department of Transportation quietly pulled the trigger on a much-debated new policy that reroutes so-called hazmat trucks onto the bustling suburban beltway.

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