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August 20, 2013

Wisconsin, New Jersey May Consider Higher Speed Limits

More states, including Wisconsin and New Jersey, may be following the lead of Illinois Gov. Pat Quin who signed legislation Monday increasing the state’s top speed limit to 70 mph.

August 19, 2013

New Report Shows States With the Busiest Highways

Overall, vehicles traveled 2.95 trillion miles on U.S. roads in 2011, the eighth-highest level ever recorded, and nearly double the amount traveled in 1980. California drivers alone traveled more than 900 times the distance from the Earth to the Sun.

August 6, 2013

Connecticut Passes Milestone in Major I-95 Project

The end is in sight for a construction project along Interstate 95 that’s been going on in Connecticut for more than a decade. An I-95 southbound traffic shift marks the completion of Stage 2B construction of NHHC and the start of Stage 3 construction, two months ahead of the original schedule,

August 6, 2013

Ground Broken for I-95 & Pennsylvania Turnpike Interchange

In the not too distant future, traffic will finally be able to travel between Interstate 95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike without having to use other roadways. Ground has been broken on a project in the southeastern part of the state kicking off the start of the $500 million Stage 1 of the project.

July 23, 2013

House Panel Looks for Highway Trust Fund Fix

At a hearing on the Highway Trust Fund Tuesday it was clear that the key House transportation committee has some distance to go before it can achieve consensus on how the fund could be made whole, or even if it should be preserved.

July 23, 2013

Legislation Would Allow Heavier Trucks on Route After Interstate Designation

The U.S. House has passed a measure that would allow Wisconsin to continue its practice of allowing trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds along a section of U.S. 41 when the route is designated as an Interstate roadway, most likely next year.

July 18, 2013

Virginia I-95 Shutdown Set for This Weekend

Weather permitting, on Friday night, July 19, through Sunday night July 21, starting each night at 9:30 p.m., the Virginia Department of Transportation will begin to close lanes on I-95 south near Exit 148, Marine Corps Base Quantico.

July 16, 2013

Ohio Turnpike Tolls Set to Head Higher Annually Starting Next Year

Officials with the Ohio Turnpike have voted to borrow $1.5 billion, and with it will come annual toll hikes to help pay off the debt. Next year’s hike will be 2.7% with further increases tied to the region’s inflation rate.

July 16, 2013

Construction Underway on New Washington I-5 Bridge Following Collapse

Work to install the new permanent span for the Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge in Burlington, Wash., is officially underway, but new delays and detours will happen again in a few weeks.

July 15, 2013

Maryland Implements New Truck Restriction Along Part of State Route 75

In an effort to address what it says is an ongoing problem with trucks getting stuck under a railroad overpass, the Maryland State Highway Administration is implementing a new truck restriction on a section of MD 75 (Green Valley Road) near Monrovia in Frederick County.

July 11, 2013

Eastbound I-84 in Portland, Ore., Closed This Weekend

The first of three weekend closures of Interstate 84 in Portland, Ore., will begin at 10 p.m. Friday, July 12 and end 5 a.m. Monday, July 15, as the Banfield Freeway paving project moves into high gear.

July 8, 2013

Watch for Lower Weight Limits on Some Pennsylvania Bridges

After the Pennsylvania state legislature failed to approve a plan to raise new money for bridge and road repairs, the state Department of Transportation says it will put lower weight limits on some of the state's bridges to try to extend their useful life.

July 8, 2013

California Seeks to Break Freight Bottleneck

The U.S. Transportation Department says California's Devore Interchange is a critical freight link serving 21,000 trucks each day. Now the state has broken ground on a modernized Devore Interchange that will relieve freight congestion.

July 8, 2013

Section of I-20 Closing for About Three Months

Another phase of the I-20 reconstruction project in Alabama was set to begin at midnight, weather permitting, resulting in about a 10-mile section of the route being closed.

July 2, 2013

Study: Nation’s Road Conditions Show Slight Improvement

As Americans hit the road for the Fourth of July holiday, they’ll be driving on slightly smoother roads, crossing fewer deficient bridges and spending less time stuck in traffic jams, according to think tank the Reason Foundation and its new Annual Highway Report.

July 1, 2013

Independence Day Holiday Travel Forecast Down From Last Year

As Americans celebrate Independence Day, the highways are forecast to be a little less crowded than they were a year ago.

July 1, 2013

Ohio Ups Speed Limit to 70 Along Some Interstate Sections

Legislation signed into law earlier this year in Ohio pushes the speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph along rural portions of interstate routes for both trucks and four-wheelers.

June 27, 2013

Freight Gets Its Due at House Hearing

There’s no shortage of ideas for ways to improve the national freight network. A House panel researching the issue yesterday got a list, long, broad and mostly familiar, of what transportation providers would like to see in a federal freight policy.

June 24, 2013

Research Shows Americans Favor Some Additional Funding for Transportation

Would Americans favor additional taxes and fees to support the nation's transportation infrastructure? A variety of questions on that topic were posed to a sample of people in a nationwide survey.

June 5, 2013

Wayne State University Seeks Impact of Differential Speed Limits

Years of research have produced mixed views on whether different freeway speed limits for cars and trucks make roads safer, but Wayne State University researchers are taking a comprehensive approach to answering that question for state officials.

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