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July 11, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Oregon, Highways, I-84

July 8, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Highways, Infrastructure Funding, Bridges

July 8, 2013 - Industry News

California Seeks to Break Freight Bottleneck

Credit: U.S. DOT

The U.S. Transportation Department says California's Devore Interchange is a critical freight link serving 21,000 trucks each day. Now the state has broken ground on a modernized Devore Interchange that will relieve freight congestion.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Freight, I-15, I-215, Highways, California

July 8, 2013 - Industry News

Section of I-20 Closing for About Three Months

Another phase of the I-20 reconstruction project in Alabama was set to begin at midnight, weather permitting, resulting in about a 10-mile section of the route being closed.

Tags: Alabama, Construction, I-20, Interstate 20, Highways

July 2, 2013 - Industry News

Study: Nation’s Road Conditions Show Slight Improvement

As Americans hit the road for the Fourth of July holiday, they’ll be driving on slightly smoother roads, crossing fewer deficient bridges and spending less time stuck in traffic jams, according to think tank the Reason Foundation and its new Annual Highway Report.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highways, Infrastructure

July 1, 2013 - Industry News

Independence Day Holiday Travel Forecast Down From Last Year

As Americans celebrate Independence Day, the highways are forecast to be a little less crowded than they were a year ago.

Tags: AAA, Traffic Congestion, Highways

July 1, 2013 - Industry News

Ohio Ups Speed Limit to 70 Along Some Interstate Sections

Legislation signed into law earlier this year in Ohio pushes the speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph along rural portions of interstate routes for both trucks and four-wheelers.

Tags: Ohio, Speed Limits, Highways

June 27, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Gets Its Due at House Hearing

There’s no shortage of ideas for ways to improve the national freight network. A House panel researching the issue yesterday got a list, long, broad and mostly familiar, of what transportation providers would like to see in a federal freight policy.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Highway Trust Fund, Highways, National Freight Network, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Truck Sizes, Transportation funding

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

Research Shows Americans Favor Some Additional Funding for Transportation

Would Americans favor additional taxes and fees to support the nation's transportation infrastructure? A variety of questions on that topic were posed to a sample of people in a nationwide survey.

Tags: Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Highways

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

Wayne State University Seeks Impact of Differential Speed Limits

Years of research have produced mixed views on whether different freeway speed limits for cars and trucks make roads safer, but Wayne State University researchers are taking a comprehensive approach to answering that question for state officials.

Tags: Speed limit, Michigan, Industry Research, Wayne State University, Safety, Highways

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

NAFTA Superhighway Takes a Small Step Toward Reality

The Texas Transportation Commission has added more than 100 miles of highway in southern and northeastern part of the Lone Star state to the Interstate 69 system.

Tags: Texas, I-69, Highways, Cross-Border Trucking, Canada, Mexico

May 23, 2013 - Industry News

I-5 Bridge Partially Collapses in Washington State

UPDATED -- A bridge along Interstate 5 in Washington state partially collapsed Thursday evening, closing part of the route. Authorities are blaming it on a truck pulling an oversize load but the company says it has the proper permit to use the route.

Tags: Infrastructure, Washington, Highways, I-5

May 23, 2013 - Industry News

Memorial Day Weekend Traffic Expected to be Greater than Last Year

While AAA projects slightly fewer Americans overall will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend than last year, due to a decline in air travel, traffic on the roadways is expected to be higher.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Highways

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

I-81 Reopens Near Harrisburg, Pa.

Traffic in both directions near Harrisburg, Pa., has reopened following a tanker crash and fire that closed the route last Thursday.

Tags: Pennsylvania, I-81, Interstate 81, Highways

May 13, 2013 - Industry News

Virginia Governor Signs Bill Increasing Fuel Taxes for Transportation

The new law also limits putting tolls along the state’s section of I-95.

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.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Virginia, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax, Highways, Infrastructure Funding, I-95, Tolls

May 10, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Pennsylvania, I-81, Highways

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Missouri, Rest Areas, Truck Parking, Highways

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Legislation, Highways, Truck Weights

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Speed Limits, Maine, Highways

May 6, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Minnesota, Highways, I-35W, I-94

April 24, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Highways, Inrix

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Virginia, Highways, I-64

April 21, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Illinois, Kentucky, Highways, U.S. 51, U.S. 60, U.S. 62

April 17, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Infrastructure, Highways, U.S. House of Representatives, MAP-21

April 15, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Ambassador Bridge, New International Trade Crossing, Canada, Michigan, Cross-Border Trucking, Highways

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