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January 12, 2012 - Industry News

Proposal Would Raise Ohio Speed Limit

An Ohio lawmaker has introduced a bill that would raise the speed limit for all vehicles on the state's interstate highways from 65 to 70 mph, following a similar move by the Ohio Turnpike

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January 9, 2012 - Industry News

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $1.6 billion in Funding for U.S. Roads and Bridges

Ray Lahood, U.S. Transportation Secretary, announced Monday that almost $1.6 billion in funding will go toward the repair of U.S. roads and bridges that were damaged by natural disasters

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January 8, 2012 - Industry News

Highway Funding Climbing Legislative Ladder, More States Eyeing Tax Hikes

The declining state of roads and bridges, and burgeoning congestion is becoming more difficult to ignore, and several state legislatures are now openly discussing the likelihood of hiking fuel taxes

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January 5, 2012 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Turnpike in Danger of Becoming Insolvent

Pennsylvania Auditor General, Jack Wagner, says the State General Assembly must amend or appeal a rule requiring the Turnpike Commission to provide $450 million a year in infrastructure funding to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

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December 28, 2011 - Industry News

Maryland Hikes Truck Tolls January 1

Effective 12:01 a.m. on Sunday Jan. 1, 2012, new toll rates and other changes take effect at Maryland's toll facilities

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December 27, 2011 - Industry News

Frustrated Montreal-area Truckers Apply Congestion Surcharges

Truckers in Montreal, Que. have begun charging customers traffic surcharges to compensate for increased operating costs

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December 26, 2011 - Industry News

PETA Urging Memorials for Animals Killed in Highway Crashes

The animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to erect highway memorials to the victims" of highway crashes involving animals

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December 26, 2011 - Industry News

North Carolina DOT Completes I-40 Widening Project

Raleigh area drivers are enjoying a faster commute and smoother drive thanks to the completion of a $49 million highway widening project recently completed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation -- on time and on budget

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December 26, 2011 - Industry News

Maryland Announces Additional Emergency Truck Parking During Winter Storms

MDOT has announced a new mobile app that gives truckers an easy way to navigate to six new lots and to existing truck parking.

MDOT has released a list of park and ride lots truckers can use during snow storms of six inches or more instead of parking along highway ramps and shoulders

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December 20, 2011 - Industry News

Research Could Lead to Fewer Accident-Prone Intersections

The difference between an intersection controlled by flashing lights and one controlled by a stop sign can play a big role in accident prevention, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin

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December 20, 2011 - Industry News

Poll Finds 77 Percent of Americans Oppose Raising the Gas Tax

A majority of Americans believe new transportation projects should be paid for with user-fees instead of tax increases, according to a new national Reason-Rupe poll of 1,200 adults on cell phones and land lines

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December 18, 2011 - Industry News

ATA Supports Grimm/Lautenberg Commuter Protection Act Bill

Last week, Sen. Frank Lautenberg and Rep. Michael Grimm introduced a bill to would restore the U.S. Department of Transportation's ability to determine whether toll hikes are reasonable, and give the Department authority to prescribe more reasonable tolls

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December 15, 2011 - Industry News

TIGER III Produces $511 Million for 46 Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the funding grants on Thursday, months ahead of schedule, so communities can get started on job-creating infrastructure projects

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December 8, 2011 - Industry News

DOT Green Lights I-5 Columbia River Crossing Project

In a Record of Decision signed Dec. 7 by The Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, the two agencies have approved a new river crossing over the Columbia River, and a series of improvements to the I-5 corridor

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December 7, 2011 - Industry News

Montana DOT Begins Using Salt Brine, Limits Use of Magnesium Chloride

Officials say salt brine is a less expensive and less corrosive alternative to magnesium chloride, and it's more effective than pure rock salt. It's already in use in the Kalispell and Whitefish areas as well as Missoula, Helena, and Butte

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November 28, 2011 - Industry News

DOT Doles Out More Than $215 Million to Repair Damaged Roads and Bridges

The U.S Department of Transportation will provide more than $215 million to states across the nation to cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by a variety of natural disasters

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November 22, 2011 - Industry News

PennDOT, PA Turnpike Unveil New Tow Plow

The tow plow costs between $99,000 and $106,000 based on equipment. Photo by MoDOT.

Motorists using the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate highways this winter will be in for a bit of a surprise. In addition to traditional plows, snow removal crews will also be using a 30-foot-long, tow-behind snowplows

Tags: Highways, Winter Driving

November 21, 2011 - Industry News

Maryland Transportation Authority Warns of Increased Traffic as Intercounty Connector Opens

The Maryland Transportation Authority and State Highway Administration are warning of increased traffic in the area of the Intercounty Connector/MD 200 as the highway's second segment opens today

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November 15, 2011 - Industry News

Researchers Identify Nation's Most Congested Corridors

The 2011 Congested Corridors Report is the first nationwide effort to identify reliability problems at specific stretches of highway responsible for significant traffic congestion at different times and different days

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November 15, 2011 - Industry News

Huge Demand for TIGER Grants Highlights Need for More Transportation Investments

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says overwhelming demand for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants has once again far surpassed the available funding

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November 10, 2011 - Industry News

Missouri Moving Ahead on I-70 Tolling Plans

The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation plans to try to convince the state General Assembly to authorize tolls for Interstate 70

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November 6, 2011 - Industry News

House GOP Bill Would Tap Energy Production to Fund Infrastructure Spending

House Republicans plan to introduce a multiyear surface transportation reauthorization bill that would expand domestic energy production to pay for transportation infrastructure. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio said he hopes to pass the bill before the end of the year

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November 3, 2011 - Industry News

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Calls for Passage of Jobs Bill

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called on Congress to pass the transportation portion of the American Jobs Act during a visit to the Bridgeport-Norristown Viaduct outside Philadelphia

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November 3, 2011 - Industry News

British Columbia Officials Urge Chain Prep

If you're driving through British Columbia this winter, make sure you have your tire chains ready to go - especially on the Coquihalla Highway #5 at Box Canyon (south/west of Great Bear Snowshed)

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November 2, 2011 - Industry News

Coalition to Congress: Give States More Flexibility to Impose Tolls on Highways

A coalition of highway construction groups in nearly a dozen states has launched a national campaign to urge Congress to allow states to impose tolls to pay for long-overdue highway improvements

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