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August 31, 2011 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Backs Obama's Call for Speedy Solution to Highway Funding

President Obama talks about highway funding in the Rose Garden yesterday. (White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy.)

President Obama received support from the a wide range of trucking organizations following his call yesterday for Congress to pass an extension to the Surface Transportation Bill and Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization before the Sept. 30 expiration

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August 31, 2011 - Industry News

TX DOT Increases Speed Limit on Some Highways

New laws regulating speed limits on state highways in Texas are beginning to take effect. Some speed limits will increase as separate truck speed limits are dropped

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August 31, 2011 - Industry News

Obama Urges Congress to Extend Transportation Funding

President Obama urged Congress this morning to extend the federal highway bill, set to expire on September 30th, which he said would protect a million jobs

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August 26, 2011 - Industry News

Four Western States Form Alliance to Improve I-15

Public and private officials from Utah, Nevada, California and Arizona have formed the I-15 Mobility Alliance, a combined effort to keep commerce moving along the interstate corridor

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August 26, 2011 - Industry News

Rhode Island DOT to Add Reflectors

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has begun installing safety reflective markers designed to make nighttime driving easier and safer

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August 26, 2011 - Industry News

Hurricane Irene Barrels Toward East Coast

Hurricane Irene is expected to make landfall near Morehead City, North Carolina, on Saturday morning before powering up the east coast. Irene will likely be a borderline category 2-3 storm at that time, producing tropical conditions as far inland as I-95 in North Carolina

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August 25, 2011 - Industry News

ATA Urges Governors to Reject N.Y., N.J. Toll Hike

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves called on Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of New York to reconsider what he called an "ill-conceived and unprecedented" toll hike recently approved by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

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August 24, 2011 - Industry News

Hurricane Prompting North Carolina Ports to Close Gates Early Friday

The North Carolina Ports of Morehead City and Wilmington will be closing their gates to commercial traffic at noon on Friday, August 26 in preparation for the threat of Hurricane Irene

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August 24, 2011 - Industry News

Oregon Breaks Ground on Second Solar Highway Project

Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez joined the Oregon Department of Transportation and representatives from public and private partner organizations to break ground this week on Oregon's second solar highway project

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August 24, 2011 - Industry News

AASHTO President Asks Congress to Act on Highway Funding

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials warned Congress that a failure to extend federal highway funding will result in thousands of job losses

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August 19, 2011 - Industry News

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to Double Tolls

Tolls will be going up on the George Washington Bridge. (Photo by John O'Connell.)

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Friday approved raising bridge and tunnel tolls that will mean an extra $50 per five-axle truck for E-Z Pass users and even more for cash customers

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August 18, 2011 - Industry News

RI Wants Tolls on I-95

Rhode Island has asked the federal government for permission to charge tolls on Interstate 95 near the Connecticut border

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August 17, 2011 - Industry News

DOT Announces $417.3 Million in Grants for State Highway Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $417.3 million in grants to fund an array of efforts ranging from interstate maintenance to research into innovative bridge materials and construction methods

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August 13, 2011 - Industry News

Damage to I-29 Bridges in Iowa Sets Back Recovery Schedule

The Missouri River flooding has undermined the south bridge approaches of dual Interstate 29 bridges at mile post 1.4 in the southwestern corner of Iowa, and is threatening the bridges. The seriousness of the damage is expected to delay the eventual reopening of the interstate when the waters recede

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August 11, 2011 - Industry News

Law Enforcement to Pace Vehicles on I-70

The Colorado Department of Transportation, in coordination with the Colorado State Patrol, and Silverthorne Police Department, will pace vehicles on I-70 in an effort to reduce congestion using a technique sometimes called "rolling roadblocks.

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August 10, 2011 - Industry News

Delays Possible on I-15 in Vegas

Three lanes of southbound Interstate 15 in Las Vegas could be closed for days after a fiery fuel tanker truck crash

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August 10, 2011 - Industry News

Survey: Americans Looking for Local Solutions to Congestion Concerns

According to the latest America THINKS survey from HNTB Corp., people are fed up with congested, crumbling roads and are looking for decisions from local and regional officials about how to prioritize fixing them

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August 4, 2011 - Industry News

OIG: Public Private Partnerships a Mixed Blessing

In a report issued in late July, the Office of Inspector General found that public-private partnerships have several financial disadvantages when compared to traditional public sector financing, but certain private sector efficiencies can meaningfully offset PPPs' cost disadvantages

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July 27, 2011 - Industry News

Civil Engineers: Families Will Suffer if Infrastructure Crumbles

The nation's deteriorating surface transportation infrastructure will cost the American economy more than 870,000 jobs, and suppress the growth of the country's Gross Domestic Product by $3.1 trillion by 2020, according to a new report released by the American Society of Civil Engineers

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July 27, 2011 - Industry News

Equipment Makers Offer Idea to Fund Highways

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers says it has an idea for a revenue-neutral solution to rebuild and modernize America's interstates without raising the fuel tax

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July 26, 2011 - Industry News

Illinois DOT Warns of Three-Day I-57 Closure

The Illinois Department of Transportation will close Interstate 57 for an expected three days next week

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July 25, 2011 - Industry News

Freeway Closures Coming to I-710/Long Beach Freeway

The California Department of Transportation will conduct 10 weekends of 53-hour extended closures and full freeway closures on the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) beginning August 5

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July 24, 2011 - Industry News

Outlines of Transport Bill Emerge from Senate Hearings

The Senate Environment & Public Works Committee is going forward with a 2-year proposal that would keep funding at its current level of $109 billion. (Photo by Steven Vance)

The outline of a transportation reauthorization bill started to emerge from the haze of Washington's summer heat storm last week. Timing and details will remain blurred for a while yet, at least until the epic struggle over the debt ceiling is resolved, but at several hearings last week Senators began public discussions on highway funding, policy and safety

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July 22, 2011 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Approves 2012 Toll Increase

Truck entering Pennsylvania Turnpike (photo by Ben Schumin).

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission approved a 2012 rate schedule that will result in overall toll-revenue growth of 3%

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July 15, 2011 - Industry News

Lane Closures Scheduled on I-95 in Maryland

Look for overnight single and double lane closures for the next three weeks on southbound I-95 in Maryland between MD 198 (exit 33) and MD 212 (exit 29) as part of the Intercounty Connector (ICC) project

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