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January 20, 2011 - Industry News

Economic Recovery Bringing Renewed Congestion Growth

If the recession had you thinking congestion was getting better, think again. (Photo courtesy Michelin.)

After two years of slight declines in overall traffic congestion - attributable to the economic downturn and high fuel prices - leading indicators suggest that as the economy rebounds, traffic problems are doing the same. While 2008 was the best year for commuters in at least a decade, the problem again began to grow in 2009

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January 6, 2011 - Industry News

High-tech Highway Weigh Stations Coming to Oklahoma

Oklahoma will soon start work on the first two of nine new state-of-the-art truck inspection stations to be equipped with weigh-in-motion scales, remote infra-red vehicle temperature sensors and other cutting edge vehicle inspection technology

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January 5, 2011 - Industry News

New House Rule Seen Jeopardizing Highway Planning

The House Appropriations Committee can now use the Highway Trust Fund to create a budgetary balance it can use to free up spending in other areas.

Republican leaders have decided to change the way the House manages the money in the Highway Trust Fund, a move that highway interests say jeopardizes future infrastructure funding and impedes their ability to put long-term plans into place

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January 5, 2011 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Turnpike Tolls Now Higher

Tolls went up on Pennsylvania toll roads at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, and for the first time, E-ZPass customers will pay less than cash customers

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December 30, 2010 - Industry News

NYC-area Bridge & Tunnel Tolls Go Up December 30

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced increases to NYC area tunnel and bridge tolls. The increases took effect on Dec. 30

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December 29, 2010 - Industry News

Transportation and Construction Coalition Warns of Highway Funding Cuts

Industry groups agree a GOP funding rule change would destablize the funding stream.

Changes to government spending rules recently proposed by The House Republican Conference has a coalition of highway users and road-building groups up in arms over the possibility that highway funding could be treated as any other spending proposal

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December 12, 2010 - Industry News

Georgia DOT Completes Final Phase of I-95 Widening

After an investment of more than a billion dollars over seventeen years, the widening of Interstate Highway 95 in Georgia to six lanes is complete

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December 5, 2010 - Industry News

Colorado Begins Winter Highway Assistance Program

Last weekend, the Colorado Department of Transportation began three regular winter programs to assist vehicle operators on Interstate 70 through the Rockies

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November 28, 2010 - Industry News

Corridor Coalition Meets to Plot the Future of Interstate 81

Intermodal service along the I-80 corridor could help reduce highway congestion railroads say. -- photo by Jim Park

The Interstate 81 Corridor Coalition met in Hagerstown, Md., earlier this month to discuss daily operations along the 855-mile highway, and to shape its future

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November 12, 2010 - Industry News

Two Ohio Rest Areas Closing for Six-Month Renovation

Two rest areas on I-90 in Ohio will be closed for six month starting today as crews modernize the facilities

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November 11, 2010 - Industry News

Deficit Commission Proposes Fuel Tax Hikes

ATA favors fuel taxes over tolls or other way of funding essential highway infrastructure projects.

Flying straight in the face of long-standing opposition by the President himself, a draft report from the bi-partisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform proposes a 15-cent hike in fuel taxes, beginning in 2013, to sustain the Highway Trust Fund

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November 3, 2010 - Industry News

Florida Turnpike Closing Truck Parking Area for Reconstruction

There will be no truck, bus or RV parking available on Florida Turnpike's Pompano Beach Service Plaza beginning Monday, Nov. 8

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November 2, 2010 - Industry News

Toll Hike Coming for NYC Crossings

Watch for higher tolls on bridges and tunnels heading into New York City starting Dec. 30

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October 24, 2010 - Industry News

I-40 Fully Reopens in North Carolina

It took nearly a year to fully reopen I-40 in North Carolina near the Tennessee border after a massive rockslide.

I-40 is fully open to traffic in North Carolina near the Tennessee border, a year after a huge rock slide shut down the Interstate

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October 14, 2010 - Industry News

New Hoover Dam Bypass Will Shorten Route for Truckers

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood dedicated a new bypass bridge at the Hoover Dam Thursday. When it opens next week, truckers will no longer have to take a 75-mile detour

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October 14, 2010 - Industry News

Variable Limit Replaces Seasonal Limit on Wyoming Section of I-80

With variable speed limit signs now operating on the full length of the section, the seasonal 65-mph speed limit will not resume this year on the 52-mile section of I-80 in Wyoming between Laramie and Rawlins, where it had been enforced for the past two severe weather seasons

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October 10, 2010 - Industry News

Arizona Reopens More Rest Areas

The Arizona Department of Transportation has opened four more rest areas along state highways. Rest areas at Bouse Wash (I-10), Hassayampa (US 60), Haviland (I-40) and McGuireville (I-17) are now open

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September 26, 2010 - Industry News

New York Closing Rest Areas

Six rest areas on interstate highways in New York State will be closed this fall due to budget cuts. The closures affect several NYSDOT rest stops on Interstates 81, 87, 88 and 90, and do not impact any travel plazas located on the New York State Thruway

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September 15, 2010 - Industry News

Oklahoma to Build New High-Tech Scales

Over the next seven years, Oklahoma plans to construct nine high-tech weigh stations

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September 14, 2010 - Industry News

Chain Law Season Has Begun in Colorado

The chain law season has officially begun in Colorado, which means that all commercial vehicles traveling on I-70 between milepost 133 (Edwards exit) and milepost 259 (Morrison exit) must carry sufficient chains to be in compliance with the Colorado chain law

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September 12, 2010 - Industry News

Colorado Releases Study Detailing Solutions for I-70 West

A look at the future of the Interstate 70 Mountain Corridor is now available for public viewing. For the next 60 days, the public can review and comment on the Revised Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, a document that presents a corridor vision, which includes a variety of transit and highway improvements, for I-70 between C-470 and Glenwood Springs

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September 7, 2010 - Industry News

I-40 Bridge over the Mississippi River Reduced to One Lane In Both Directions

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Crews working on the Interstate 40/Hernando DeSoto Bridge seismic retrofit project have begun the process of reducing I-40 to one lane in both directions

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September 2, 2010 - Industry News

Road Conditions Are Best in Years Thanks to Recession, Study Says

The Reason Foundation study says pavement conditions on urban Interstates are the best they've been since 1993, while rural primary roads are the smoothest they've been since 1993.

State highway conditions are the best they've been in 19 years, according to an annual Reason Foundation study that measures each state's road conditions and expenditures

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September 1, 2010 - Industry News

Interstate 45 Lands at Top of Texas' List of Most Congested Roads

Interstate 45 in Harris County, Texas, from SL-8 North to I-610, is the most congested roadway segment in the state, according to the Texas Department of Transportation

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August 31, 2010 - Industry News

Hurricane Earl East Coast Evacuation Could Affect Outbound Routes

As a Category 4 hurricane heads for North Carolina and up to New England, federal officials warn residents in these areas to prepare for evacuatio

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