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June 11, 2012 - Industry News

Colorado Initiative Will Put Real-Time Highway Video in Truckstops

Video monitors will allow travelers to view real-time conditions on the state's highways. (Photo courtesy of CDOT)

Many truckstops in Colorado will soon be equipped with a tool offering real-time information relating to roadway, weather and traffic conditions on key highways in the state. The program is a cooperative effort involving Walmart, local truckstops, the Colorado Motor Carriers Association and the Colorado Department of Transportation

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June 8, 2012 - Industry News

Part of Missouri's U.S. 54 to Close for Eight Weeks

Trucks with a gross weight less than 40,000 pounds can use US 61, Route B and MO 79 around the closure. Heavier trucks cannot use this route because a bridge on Mo 79 is limited to vehicles of 20 tons or less. (Photo courtesy of MoDOT)

U.S. Highway 54 between Louisiana, Mo., and Bowling Green, Mo., will close on June 18 for a two-month project as two bridges on the route are replaced.

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June 6, 2012 - Industry News

Maryland I-895 Summer Bridge Work to Cause Major Delays

Motorists should anticipate major delays, especially during morning and evening rush hours and weekend peak-travel periods MAT and use I-95 and I-695 (Francis Scott Key Bridge) as alternate routes to I-895.

The Maryland Transportation authority is warning drivers that a repair project on the I-895 "K-truss" bridge over CSX Transportation, between Exit 8 and Exit 7, south of the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel toll plaza, will cause major delays this summer

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June 4, 2012 - Industry News

Potomac River's Woodrow Wilson Bridge Maintenance to Cause Lane Closures

Crews will periodically close one traffic lane during off-peak hours Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

As part of the regularly scheduled review and maintenance cycle, crews will inspect the I-95/I-495 Woodrow Wilson Bridge over the Potomac River beginning this week and continuing through fall. Crews will periodically close one traffic lane during off-peak hours Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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June 4, 2012 - Industry News

MD 295 Construction Will Cause Nighttime Closures

Crews will work during nighttime hours only between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Multiple lane closures will not occur until 10 p.m.

The nighttime resurfacing of MD 295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway) north of I-695 and the Baltimore City line will continue through mid-June, causing some delays and lane closures, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration. MSHA says drivers should consider using I-95 US 1 or MD

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May 31, 2012 - Industry News

NY Thruway Association Proposes 45% Toll Hike for Trucks

The New York State Thruway Authority wants to propose toll increases of 45% for commercial vehicles with more than three axles.

The New York State Thruway Authority is eyeing toll increases of 45% for commercial vehicles with more than three axles, and the hike could be implemented as soon as September 30, reports the Associated Press. NYSTA is currently seeking public input on the increase

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May 30, 2012 - Industry News

Connecting Vehicles to Cut Congestion, Improve Safety

The iCone is equipped with radar and cellular and satellite communications to send information about work-zone traffic to message boards upstream from the zone. All the road crew has to do is put it in place and turn it on.

Congress is not going to vote for reinvestment in highway infrastructure any time soon, so the next best thing is to get more out of what already is there, says Xerox chairman and CEO Ursula Burns

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May 25, 2012 - Industry News

California I-5 Projects to Cause Northbound Freeway Closure Tonight

Caltrans is investing close to $1.6 billion dollars in a five-year project to improve northern segments along the I-5 between the Ventura Freeway (SR-134) and the Kern County line.

Improvements to California's I-5 corridor will cause closures, including the full closure of northbound I-5 between Valley View Avenue and Carmenita Road tonight beginning at 11:59 p.m. and continuing until 5 a.m. tomorrow, says the California Department of Transportation

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May 23, 2012 - Industry News

I-70 Bridge to Detour Drivers During Summer and Next Year

The Blanchette Bridge on I-70 near St. Louis will be under construction during several summer weekends and for 12 months starting in November. MODOT suggests commercial vehicle drivers take a detour that will add five miles but cut down travel time.

For 12 months starting in November and for several weekends this summer, construction on Interstate 70's Blanchette Bridge over the Missouri River, between St. Louis and St. Charles, Mo., at mile marker 230, will detour westbound I-70 traffic.

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May 22, 2012 - Industry News

Inrix: Traffic Congestion Drops 30%

The U.S. experienced a 30% drop in traffic congestion in 2011, according to Inrix's annual Traffic Scorecard. Seventy of America's top 100 most populated cities showed decreases in traffic last year as well

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May 21, 2012 - Industry News

I-75 One Lane in Each Direction After Massive Landslide

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has reopened one lane for southbound travel on I-75 in Campbell County. One lane remains open for northbound travelers as work continued to repair a massive landslide continues at Mile Marker 143

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May 21, 2012 - Industry News

Survey: Americans Value Infrastructure in Upcoming Election

Two-thirds of Americans who intend to vote during this year's presidential election feel that a candidate's standing on American transportation infrastructure will influence their decision, according to the America Thinks national highway survey from HNTB Corp., an infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors

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May 17, 2012 - Industry News

NATO Event Likely to Cause Traffic Delays in Chicago This Weekend

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is hosting its 25th summit in Chicago this weekend, which will mean road closures and parking restrictions downtown as well as traffic delays and temporary road closures on major streets and Interstate highways

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May 14, 2012 - Industry News

Boston Announces Daytime Hazmat Ban

The City of Boston announced a ban on trucks carrying hazardous materials through the city between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. The mayor's office is also considering a recommendation for an evening ban.

The Massachusetts transportation department announced a ban on trucks carrying hazardous materials through Boston between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., a move that trucking interests say could worsen safety, not improve it

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May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Platt Bridge Detours in Place in Southwest Philadelphia

The truck and hazardous material restriction on the Platt Bridge will be enforced and will remain in effect until June 2014, when the $42.7 million bridge rehabilitation project is scheduled to be completed. (Photo courtesy of PennDOT)

Commercial trucks over 14,000 pounds and vehicles with a placarded amount of hazardous materials will be prohibited from traveling on the George C. Platt Memorial Bridge (Route 291) over the Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia for two years as of Monday, May 7 at 9 a.m

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May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Three States Get $20 Million in Emergency Transportation Funding

Oregon will receive $15 million for cleanup from flooding, landslides and erosion that occurred across the state as a result of severe storms in January 2012. (Photo courtesy of ODOT)

Oregon, Alabama and South Carolina will receive a shared $20 million in federal funds to help cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events

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May 3, 2012 - Industry News

New I-85 Yadkin River Bridge to Open Saturday in N.C.

This aerial photo shows the newly constructed I-85 North bridge over the Yadkin River in North Carolina's Davidson and Rowan counties. The new bridge, located on the right, will open to traffic this weekend. (Photo courtesy of NCDOT)

The new I-85 North bridge over the Yadkin River near Salisbury, N.C., will open to traffic for the first time early Saturday morning

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May 2, 2012 - Industry News

Section of I-24 Closed in Nashville This Weekend

These photos show deterioration of the I-24 bridges that are being repaired.

Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close a 3-mile section of I-24 near downtown Nashville this weekend and more throughout the summer as the state replaces two aging bridges

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May 1, 2012 - Industry News

Bay Area Multi-Axle Vehicle Tolls to Rise July 1

Due to toll increases for multi-axle vehicles in the Bay Area, the fully indexed toll rate on the Golden Gate Bridge will be $6 times the number of axles, with a $5-per-axle rate for FasTrak customers. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

California's Bay Area Toll Authority is reminding drivers of big-rig trucks, cars, trucks hauling trailers and any other vehicles or combinations with more than two axles, that the second step in the two-phase toll increase approved in 2010 for multi-axle vehicles on Bay Area toll bridges takes effect July 1

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April 30, 2012 - Industry News

Oklahoma Creates Fund for New Ports of Entry

The first of the nine new Oklahoma weigh stations opened last week on Interstate 35 in Kay County near the Kansas border.

Last week, by a vote of 65-17, the Oklahoma House passed legislation that will fund nine new Port of Entry weigh and inspection stations in the state, reports The Oklahoman. The measure creates a fund handled by

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April 27, 2012 - Industry News

Watch for Highway Restrictions During Chicago NATO Summit

The Illinois DOT says during the NATO Summit in Chicago May 20-21, it's best to avoid the city, especially downtown and South Loop, during that week. It's also placing certain restrictions (with no permit loads) on oversize and overweight loads

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April 23, 2012 - Industry News

Missouri's I-70 Toll Proposal Stalls

The controversial plan to turn part of Missouri's Interstate 70 into a toll road has stalled for the session in the Missouri Legislature, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The bill, Senate Bill 752, introduced by State Sen.

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April 20, 2012 - Industry News

Rhode Island DOT Lifts Weight Limit on I-95 in Pawtucket

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation opened the first span of the new Pawtucket River Bridge to traffic on I-95 North. The opening of this structure will allow RIDOT to lift the northbound 18-ton weight limi

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April 13, 2012 - Industry News

Part of California's Santa Ana Freeway/I-5 to Close on April 17

The northbound and southbound Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5) between Valley View Avenue and Carmenita Road will be fully closed the night of April 17 from 11:45 p.m. to 4 a.m.

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April 11, 2012 - Industry News

Missouri DOT Launches Big Trucks Campaign

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced the Big Trucks Campaign from April 16 to May 6. The awareness campaign will remind all motorists to drive safely around commercial motor vehicles.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is asking motorists to drive more safely around trucks -- and for truck drivers to slow down and pay attention -- with its new Big Trucks Campaign

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