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December 10, 2013

Creation of Freight Network Not an Easy Task

In last year’s highway bill, Congress said it wants the Department of Transportation to set a place for freight at the transportation policy table. The first step in that process, defining a highway-based Primary Freight Network, is under way now. It turns out, though, that tracing a Primary Freight Network is not a simple thing.

December 8, 2013

Road Work Continues, Load Width Reduced on I-24 Ohio River Bridge

Work will continue on the I-24 Ohio River Bridge between Paducah, Ky., and Metropolis, Ill., into mid-January, and the maximum load width will be reduced.

November 26, 2013

Shuster Urges Quiet Approach to Highway Funding

With the House and Senate going to conference on a Water Resources Development bill, the way is clear for transportation committees in both chambers to take up reauthorization of the federal highway program.

October 28, 2013

Tax Reform Effort Could Include Infrastructure Funding

Two congressional leaders who have been working on tax reform for the past couple of years are getting closer to drafting proposals that could include renewed commitment to highway funding.

October 22, 2013

Illiana Corridor Highway Closer to Reality

A long-sought east-west toll road south of Chicago is closer to reality following approval last week by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's MPO Policy Committee, which means the DOT can go after funding for the Illiana Corridor project.

September 10, 2013

Construction to Cause Major Delays in East St. Louis

An area of East St. Louis is likely to see major delays for drivers this week on I-64 and I-55/70 due to the level of road construction, according to the Mid-West Truckers Association.

August 30, 2013

This Week's Trucking in the Media

Our new weekly roundup of how trucking's being covered in the mainstream media, from the new certified medical examiner program to highway funding commentary.

August 23, 2013

Traffic This Labor Day Expected to be Highest in Several Years

Trucking can likely expect bigger traffic delays during the upcoming Labor Day holiday than they have experienced over the past few years

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.

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