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December 10, 2014 - Industry News

Eastbound I-94 in St. Paul Closed Over Weekend

The Lafayette Bridge via Minnesota DOT.

Eastbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., will be closed from Dec. 12 through Dec. 15 for work on the Lafayette bridge.

Tags: Bridges, Road Closure, St. Paul, Interstate 94, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Minnesota, Highways

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Tennessee Bans Trucks from 'The Dragon'

Vehicles longer than 30 feet, including trucks, will soon be banned from a mountainous section of eastern Tennessee roadway, due to a high number of crashes over a three-year period.

Tags: Safety, Tennessee, Highways

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Interstate 94 in St. Paul Closing for Bridge Work

The Lafayette Bridge via Minnesota DOT.

Westbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., between Highway 61 and Interstate 35 East will be closed from Dec. 5 through Dec. 8 for bridge work. The road will close at 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5th and reopens on Monday, Dec. 8th at 5 a.m.

Tags: Bridges, Road Closure, St. Paul, Interstate 94, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Highways, Minnesota, I-94

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

Thanksgiving Traffic Forecast: Longer Delays on Wednesday Afternoon

Graphic: Inrix

Anyone out driving the day before Thanksgiving needs to be prepared for possible big traffic delays with traffic congestion predicted to be 25% worse than a typical Wednesday afternoon, according to the traffic analytics company Inrix.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Highways

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

Thanksgiving Travel Expected to be Highest Since 2007

Graphic: AAA Travel

More than 46 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with most of them taking to the highways, according to a forecast from AAA Travel.

Tags: Safety, Highways, Holiday Travel, Holiday Driving

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Indiana Toll Road Operator Files for Bankruptcy

Indiana Toll Road. Photo: Indiana Toll Road Facebook page.

The private operator of the Indiana Toll Road has filed for bankruptcy reorganization, following a deal several years ago in which a consortium of Spanish and Australian investors leased the route from the state of Indiana.

Tags: Tolls, Indiana, Highways, indiana Toll Road

September 19, 2014 - Industry News

Study Labels Some Highway Projects a ‘Boondoggle’

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s "Highway Boondoggles: Wasted Money and America’s Transportation Future," explains how 11 projects, costing at least $13 billion, are based on what it says are driving forecasts that are out of synch with the decade-long trend toward less driving.

Tags: Research, Highway Funding, Highways

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Study: More Money Doesn’t Equal Better Highways

Photo: Evan Lockridge

More money is going to state highways, but there has been very little progress in improving their condition, according to a new report from the libertarian think tank the Reason Foundation and its 21st Annual Highway Report.

Tags: Research, Highway Funding, Highways

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Section of I-15 Partially Reopens to Commercial Traffic

The Nevada Department of Transportation reopened Interstate 15 north of Las Vegas Friday after 4 p.m., but only partially for commercial vehicles.

Tags: Road Construction, I-15, Road Closure, Interstate 15, Nevada, Highways

September 12, 2014 - Industry News

Section of Nevada I-15 May Reopen Friday

Nevada transportation officials hope to reopen sometime Friday a section of Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and the Utah border that has been closed since Monday -- however, trucks heading in one direction will continue to have to take a long and painful detour.

Tags: I-15, Nevada, Highways, Detours

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Carrier, Shipper Interests Push Federal Freight Policy

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Freight interests are staking ground for the next highway program, asserting the need for sustainable funding, systematic planning and improved efficiency. The Freight Stakeholders Coalition, representing 18 carrier and shipper organizations including American Trucking Associations, published a 9-point platform for the upcoming debate over reauthorization of the program.

Tags: DOT, Congress, Highways, Freight, Legislation, Highway Funding, ATA, IANA, NITL

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Michigan Adds Truck Parking System to I-94

Map of Interstate 94 in southwest Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Transportation has activated the Truck Parking Information and Management System on a section of Interstate 94 in southwest Michigan.

Tags: Michigan, HOS, Truck Parking, Interstate 94, Highways

September 2, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. Driving Level Highest in Six Years

Photo: Evan Lockridge

New estimates released by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration show that American driving between July 2013 and June 2014 is at levels not seen since 2008.

Tags: Economy, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Funding, Highways, VMT, Anthony Foxx

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

Section of Pennsylvania Turnpike Gets Higher Speed Limit

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission on Wednesday placed a 70 mph speed limit on a 100-mile stretch of toll road in the south-central part of the state, up from 65 mph.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Highways, Safety & Compliance, Speed Limits, Interstate, Pennsylvania Turnpike

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Advisory Committee Makes Recommendations to U.S. DOT

Photo: Evan Lockridge

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx received a report this week from the Department of Transportation’s National Freight Advisory Committee making 81 recommendations to improve the performance of the nation’s freight transportation system.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. Transportation Secretary, Department of Transportation, Highway Funding, U.S. DOT, Highways, Freight

July 11, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Rural Roads Suffering From Poor Conditions, High Fatality Rates

A new report finds that the nation’s rural transportation system is in need of modernization to address deficient roads and bridges, due in part to increased truck traffic, and suffer from high crash rates and inadequate capacity.

Tags: Research, Highway Fatalities, Highway Funding, Highways, Interstate

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

Route 15 in New York Designated I-99

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the designation of Route 15 as Interstate 99 between Corning, Steuben County, and the Pennsylvania border.

Tags: New York, Pennsylvania, Highways, Interstate, Canada, Cross-Border Trucking

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Independence Day Holiday Travel Expected to Jump Over Last Year

Expect the highways to be more crowded this Independence Day weekend that they were last year and compared to the recent Memorial Day holiday.

Tags: Economy, AAA, Highways, Holiday Travel

May 23, 2014 - Industry News

Increased Cargo Thefts, Traffic, Highway Deaths Come with Memorial Day Holiday

AAA projects 36.1 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 1.5% increase from last year, with more than eight in 10 driving to their destinations.

Tags: Security, AAA, Safety, Traffic Congestion, National Safety Council, Crash-Related Injuries, Highways, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

May 21, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Says: Truckers, Motorists Want Smooth Roads

A new survey from the nation’s asphalt producers and contractors finds U.S. truck drivers and motorists are increasingly frustrated with the state of U.S. roads, preferring well-maintained, safe, and smooth roadways.

Tags: Drivers, Congress, Research, Survey, Highway Funding, Highways

May 15, 2014 - Industry News

Senate EPW Committee Approves Highway Bill

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved its bill to reauthorize the federal highway program. The bill proposes a 6-year program that builds on reforms already in place and calls for continuation of current funding levels plus an adjustment for inflation.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, Highways, Congress, Legislation

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Survey: 1 in 3 Four-Wheelers Admit to Driving Wrong Way on One-Way Streets

Most any truck driver will testify they have seen a number of unusual to downright dangerous things done by four-wheelers during their time on the road, but a new non-scientific survey shows just how often peoople engage in some driving flubs.

Tags: Safety, Highways

May 8, 2014 - Industry News

Agreement Signed to Build Illiana Expressway

The Illinois and Indiana departments of transportation, along with the Indiana Finance Authority, have signed an agreement to build the proposed Illiana Corridor.

Tags: Tolls, Illinois, Indiana, Highways, Highway Construction

May 7, 2014 - Industry News

No One Wants to Go First on Highway Taxes

The to-and-fro over highway funding continued in the Senate Wednesday with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx politely deflecting Sen. John Thune’s attempt to get the Obama administration to say it would accept a fuel tax increase.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highways, FMCSA, Hours of Service, Regulations, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. DOT, Anthony Foxx

April 30, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Administration Weighs In with Highway Bill

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Obama administration put down its marker for the next highway program with the GROW America Act, a $302 billion, four-year bill funded by a one-time infusion from a change in the corporate tax code. The House and Senate are working on their versions with no word yet on how they will pay for them, although the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing May 6: New Routes for Funding and Financing Highways and Transit.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highways, President Obama, Highway Bill, Highway Trust Fund

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