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November 6, 2011

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

November 3, 2011

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

November 3, 2011

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)

November 2, 2011

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

November 1, 2011

Missouri DOT Earns $1 Million to Add Truck Parking on I-70

The Missouri Department of Transportation earned $1 million in federal funding to build new truck parking spaces on the Interstate 70 corridor

October 31, 2011

Texas DOT Removing Nighttime Truck Speed Limit Signs

The Texas Department of Transportation has begun work to remove the 65-mile per hour nighttime speed limit and all truck speed limit signs on Lubbock District roadways

October 30, 2011

Seattle's 'Viadoom' Project Reopens Two Days Early

The busy Alaskan Way Viaduct along the Puget Sound waterfront in Seattle that was shut down more than a week ago has reopened to traffic nearly two days early

October 30, 2011

Flood-damaged Interstate 680 to Reopen Wednesday

After it was shut down in early June due Missouri River flooding, repair work on the bridge that links Iowa and Nebraska, just to the north of Omaha, is all but complete. The bridge will reopen later this week

October 28, 2011

National Retail Federation President Speaks About Importance of Infrastructure

National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay Friday emphasized the importance of infrastructure to the retail industry and in turn its impact on the national economy, in a keynote address to the Valley Industry and Commerce Association's 23rd Annual Business Forecast Conference in Los Angeles

October 27, 2011

Making a Smart Roadside Even Smarter

HELP Inc. has moved to a new technology-agnostic platform backed by cloud-based data that is more current, complete and correct than that offered by government systems. The move offers a Smarter Roadside solution and enables HELP to launch many new services

October 25, 2011

Arizona Throws Hat in the Ring for Tolling Project

The Arizona Department of Transportation is looking at tolling the segment of Interstate 15 that cuts across the northwestern corner of the state

October 20, 2011

Michigan Senate Scuttles Plans for New Detroit-Windsor Bridge

Plans for a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ont., hit a dead end after the Michigan Senate rejected a $5.3 billion funding bill needed get construction started

October 19, 2011

Toll Booth-, Transponder-free Tolling now Possible

TransCore has introduced ROVR, a GPS device with GSM communications that allows infrastructure-less tolling and includes an optional driver safety monitoring feature shown to dramatically reduce accidents, improve fuel economy, and decrease Greenhouse gases

October 19, 2011

Colorado I-70 Speed Harmonization Test Considered Successful

Results from the second Rolling Speed Harmonization effort continues to demonstrate that it can be used to improve road safety, reduce crashes and ultimately improve traffic flow on Interstate 70 during heavier travel periods

October 18, 2011

AASHTO Board Elects Reps from Michigan, Rhode Island

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Board of Directors have elected Michigan Transportation Director Kirk Steudle as the association's president for the next year. Rhode Island Transportation Director Michael Lewis was elected AASHTO vice president

October 16, 2011

Expect Major Delays through Snoqualmie Pass All This Week

Drivers will face delays of two hours or more on Snoqualmie Pass all this week. Crews will be closing one lane of eastbound Interstate 90 for six days straight as they prepare to open a brand new section of highway

October 13, 2011

Ohio Turnpike Tolls Expected to Rise Jan. 1

Despite concerted opposition from trucking concerns and a proposed rate freeze, truckers could be about 10% more to use the Ohio Turnpike come the New Year.

October 10, 2011

Michigan Lawmakers Could Vote this Week on DRIC Bridge

State lawmakers may finally vote sometime this week on the Detroit River International Crossing, the proposed government-owned bridge linking Windsor and Detroit that would take commercial traffic off the aging Ambassador Bridge

October 10, 2011

U.S. DOT Revokes Ohio Turnpike Privatization Study Funding

The Obama administration has reversed an earlier decision to provide $1.5 million to Ohio to study the economic benefits of privatizing the Ohio Turnpike

October 7, 2011

I-29 in Southwest Iowa to Reopen Saturday

The Iowa Department of Transportation plans to reopen Interstate 29 at 10 a.m. tomorrow, from the Missouri state line to U.S. 34 (exit 32) near Pacific Junction. Interstate 29 in southwest Iowa has been closed since June 15

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