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May 13, 2013

Virginia Governor Signs Bill Increasing Fuel Taxes for Transportation

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signed legislation Monday raising billions of dollars for transportation that includes new taxes on fuel. They may go even higher depending on what happens to legislation on Capitol Hill.

May 10, 2013

Tanker Crash Closes Section of I-81 in Pennsylvania

UPDATED -- Because a tanker fire has closed I-81 in the Harrisburg, Pa., area, the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Harrisburg East (#247) and Carlisle (#226), is being used as an alternate route. Tolls are being waived for all vehicles that enter and exit at those two interchanges only.

May 8, 2013

Missouri Rest Areas Closing, to be Converted for Trucks Only

The eastbound and westbound I-44 rest areas near Halltown, Mo., at mile marker 50, between Springfield and Joplin will close May 29 and will be converted to a truck parking facility.

May 8, 2013

Lautenberg Offers Bill to Restrict Sizes and Weights

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., reintroduced a bill that would restrict truck size and weight limits. His move positions a familiar piece in the size-and-weight chess match as the next highway bill approaches.

May 8, 2013

Maine Lawmakers Pass Speed Limit Increase, East-West Highway Likely Dead

Lawmakers in Maine have given final passage to a bill allowing speed limits to increase along Maine’s interstates, but are moving to pull the plug on a study to determine the feasibility of an east-west highway.

May 6, 2013

Interstates 94 and 35W lane closures begin May 6

If you're driving in Minneapolis, you may encounter overnight weeknight and weekend delays and detours on Interstate 94 and Interstate 35W as crews close the roadway to redeck the Park Avenue and Portland Avenue Bridges spanning the two freeways.

April 24, 2013

Traffic Congestion Increasing After Declining Two Straight Years

Traffic congestion on U.S. roadways is back after two consecutive years of declines, with traffic congestion up 4% in the first quarter compared to 2012, according to traffic information provider Inrix in its sixth Traffic Scorecard Annual Report.

April 22, 2013

Expect Lane Closings on Westbound I-64 in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Transportation is beginning work to remove an unstable area of soil on Afton Mountain above Interstate 64 at milepost 100.3. The emergency work will require intermittent closing the right lane of westbound I-64 from milepost 103 to milepost 100.

April 21, 2013

Work on US 51 Ohio River Bridge to Restrict Truck Traffic This Summer

Trucks will have to be rerouted from the U.S. 51 Ohio River Bridge between Wickliffe, Ky., and Cairo, Ill., for approximately 70 days beginning in June, turning a 6-mile trip from Wickliffe to Cairo into a 80-mile detour.

April 17, 2013

House Panel Tasked with Developing Freight Transportation Improvements

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV) have announced the members of a special panel tasked with examining the current state of freight transportation in the United States and how improving freight transportation can strengthen the economy.

April 15, 2013

State Department Issues Permit for New Bridge Between U.S. and Canada

The building of a second bridge connecting Detroit with Windsor, Ontario, has moved another step closer to reality with U.S. federal approval, but opposition to the plans still exist, including in the form of lawsuits.

April 9, 2013

Ohio Turnpike Tolls Likely Increasing

Tolls along the Ohio Turnpike for both trucks and passenger vehicles will increase the first of 2014 and throughout the next decade under a plan that received tentative approved by the Ohio Turnpike Commission.

April 8, 2013

Website for Truckers About Colorado’s I-70

The Colorado State Patrol has launched a special website for truck drivers with a wide range of information about the state’s portion of Interstate 70, with the latest information on road conditions, safe parking and chain-up locations for the mountain corridor.

April 8, 2013

Vermont Considering Tax Hikes for Diesel and Gasoline

As lawmakers in Vermont look to raise money for road and other transportation projects, trucking could get dragged into the mix with talk of a possible diesel tax hike. One proposal in the state legislature calls for increasing the diesel tax by 2 cents per gallon this year followed by a 2-cent hike in 2014.

April 4, 2013

I-20 Detour Begins Monday in Alabama

Trucking through a section in the Heart of Dixie will be more complicated starting Monday, April 8 That’s when the first phase of major reconstruction project begins along Interstate 20 in Alabama.

April 4, 2013

Bill To Remove West Virginia Turnpike Tolls Clears First Hurdle

Legislation to remove tolls along the West Virginia Turnpike has passed its first test, with state House members voting to advance it to the Senate.

April 3, 2013

Canada Announces Border Improvements To Speed Up Traffic

The Canadian government has announced $80 million (CAN) worth of improvements to three border crossings.

April 3, 2013

Is Our Infrastructure Crumbling, or Not?

In the debate over how to increase highway funding, the call is often made to raise fuel taxes or develop other funding mechanisms to fix our crumbling highways and bridges, a problem brought tragically to the forefront by the collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis in August 2007 that killed 13 people. Now, clouding the debate in Washington is the claim that our infrastructure really isn't crumbling after all.

April 1, 2013

Highway Gridlock Grows Worse

A new report says gridlock in the U.S. has staged a dramatic comeback after two years of post-recession lows, but it’s also a sign the economy is bouncing back. Data from the most recent Inrix Gridlock Index shows traffic jumped by almost 10% during February – the largest year-over-year increase recorded in two years, and a healthy sign of rising economic activity across 100 metro areas.

March 28, 2013

Only One Lane Open Westbound In St. Louis Along I-70 Bridge Fri. Night/Sat Morning

Only one lane will be open for traffic on westbound Interstate 70 at the Blanchette Missouri River Bridge in St. Louis, mile marker 230, from 11 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Saturday due to pavement repair.

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