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September 4, 2012 - Industry News

Howard County Rest Area along I-95 in Maryland to Expand

The parking lots designated for trucks at Maryland's Welcome Center located off of Interstate 95 South are filled to overflowing, according to an article in the Baltimore Sun, but relief is on the way

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September 4, 2012 - Industry News

I-5 South to See Full Freeway Closures Sept. 11-14

The California DOT is conducting a series of brief, intermittent, full freeway closures in the early morning hours on northbound and southbound Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) between Valley View Avenue and Carmenita Road through Friday, Sept. 14, from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m

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September 4, 2012 - Industry News

Texas DOT Releases List of 100 Most Congested Roadways

Topping this year's list of the most congested highways in Texas is a section of I-35W in Ft. Worth that caused Texas motorists to spend more than 2 million more hours traveling on a section of road that is only 3.7 miles long

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September 3, 2012 - Industry News

Chain Laws in Effect in Colorado

The Colorado Department of Transportation is reminding commercial vehicle drivers that as of Sept. 1, commercial vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds and traveling Interstate 70 between Dotsero (mile 133) and Morrison (mile 259) must carry sufficient chains along this segment until May 31, 2013

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August 31, 2012 - Industry News

Infrastructure on the Campaign Trail

Last week brought some indications of the presidential candidates' thoughts on infrastructure, as the Republicans finalized their platform during their national convention in Tampa, Fla., and President Obama gave some hint of what we might we out of the Democratic platform with an interview in Time magazine

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August 30, 2012 - Industry News

Ohio River Bridges Project Breaks Ground

The new Downtown Bridge is shown in the middle adjacent to the Kennedy Bridge.

Federal, state and local officials broke ground on the $3.2 million-first construction phase of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project, which will dramatically improve the Kennedy Interchange in downtown Louisville, Ky. The Bridges Project involves construction of new bridges across the Ohio River between downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind

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August 28, 2012 - Industry News

Groups Speak Out Against I-95 Tolls in Virginia

The American Trucking Associations is among dozens of organizations and municipalities urging the U.S. Department of Transportation to reject an application by Virginia to toll I-95, a critical freight corridor

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August 26, 2012 - Industry News

Nearly $243 Billion Spent on Transportation in 2009

Federal and state government expenditures on transportation were almost $243 billion in 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics

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August 22, 2012 - Industry News

Republican National Convention To Bring Traffic Gridlock In Tampa

Next week's Republican National Convention is expected to bring approximately 50,000 visitors to Tampa and drive delay times higher on the city's major roads by 18%, according to traffic intelligence company Inrix

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August 21, 2012 - Industry News

I-75 South Reopens Early in Tennessee Following Landslide Repairs

The Tennessee Department of Transportation officially reopened all lanes on I-75 South in Campbell County

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August 20, 2012 - Industry News

Minnesota Uses New Bridge-Building Tech to Slash Road-Closure Time

This Self-Propelled Modular Transporter was used to replace a bridge over I-35E in St. Paul with fewer road closures.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation used a giant automated machine called a Self-Propelled Modular Transporter to move a finished bridge into position over the weekend, and reduced the overall road closure time by two months

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August 17, 2012 - Industry News

Maine Turnpike Tolls to Rise Nov. 1

Tolls will go up on the Maine Turnpike starting Nov. 1. Last week, the Maine Turnpike Authority Board unanimously approved a plan to raise an additional $21.14 million in toll revenue to continue a 30-year plan to maintain and rehabilitate the Turnpike's network of bridges, interchanges and pavement and well as pay off existing debt

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August 15, 2012 - Industry News

Ohio Turnpike Takes Actions to Cut Down on Trucker Toll Fraud

Ohio Turnpike officials have set up a system to stop a longtime scam that truckers have used to short the roadway's automated payment machines $50,000 or more on a yearly basis

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August 10, 2012 - Industry News

Expect Nighttime Lane Closures on I-44 in Joplin, Mo.

Reconstruction of the interchange at Interstate 44 and Range Line Road in Joplin, Mo. (Mile Marker 8) begins this week and will result in some nighttime lane closures

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August 2, 2012 - Industry News

DOT Announces More Than $363 Million in Grants for State Highway Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced more than $363 million in grants to fund a wide variety of highway improvements, from interstate rehabilitation and reconstruction to technologies that result in improved safety and reduced construction congestion

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July 25, 2012 - Industry News

Truck Groups Warn Against N.Y. Thruway Toll Hike

Trucking and shipping interests are weighing in against a plan by the New York State Thruway Authority to hike truck tolls by 45%. In a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, American Trucking Associations and other trade groups said the proposed rate hike must be stopped

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July 24, 2012 - Industry News

Pa. Turnpike Commission OKs 2013 Toll Increase

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission this week announced a 10% toll increase for cash-paying customers and a 2% toll increase for E-ZPass users.

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July 24, 2012 - Industry News

Truck Groups Campaign Against I-95 Toll Proposal

Trucking groups are partnering to petition against a Virginia Department of Transportation proposal to build a new tolling facility on I-95 between mile markers 20 and 24 in Sussex County.

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July 20, 2012 - Industry News

'Carmageddon II' I-405 Freeway Closure Scheduled for September

The second 10-mile closure of both directions of the Los Angeles I-405 over the Sepulveda Pass, popularly known as "Carmageddon II," has been scheduled for Sept. 29-30, when contractors will demolish the remaining side of the Mulholland Bridge

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July 19, 2012 - Industry News

Reason Foundation Plan Would Fix Chicago Infrastructure Through Toll Roads

A new study from the Reason Foundation finds Chicago has severely underinvested in expressways and urges the region to embark on an ambitious long-term road-building plan paid for entirely by tolls. It's a financing method that doesn't sit well with some Illinois truckers, while others say avoiding Chicago's notorious congestion might be worth it

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July 19, 2012 - Industry News

East St. Louis Ramp from I-64 to I-55/70 to Close for Six Months

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the ramp from westbound I-64 to eastbound I-55/70 in East St. Louis will be closed to all traffic beginning Monday, July 23, 2012, weather permitting.

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July 18, 2012 - Industry News

Public Speaks Out Against Privatizing Ohio Turnpike at Hearing

The Ohio Turnpike stretches 241 miles across Ohio from Indiana to Pennsylvania.

The first public hearing on privatizing the 241-mile Ohio Turnpike displayed the public's disapproval of the plan, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer

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July 18, 2012 - Industry News

NY Group Calls for Delay in Toll Increases

Unshackle Upstate, a taxpayer advocacy organization, wants the New York State Thruway Authority to conduct an audit before it goes through with a proposed 45% increase for trucks with three or more axles

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July 12, 2012 - Industry News

Bomb Threat Shuts Down Detroit-Windsor Tunnel

Around 12:30 p.m., employees who work for the tunnel received an anonymous call from someone saying there was a bomb in the tunnel.

UPDATED: A bomb threat closed the tunnel between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit for several hours Thursday, causing traffic backups as drivers on both sides of the border were rerouted,

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July 11, 2012 - Industry News

Zero-Emission Trucks Could be Part of I-710 Zero-Emission Corridor

One zero-emission truck being tested at LA_area ports is this hydrogen-fuel-cell Tyrano, made by Vision Motor Corp. of El Segundo, Calif.

Zero-emission trucks, such as hybrid-electric trucks receiving power along major roadways (similar to light-rail trains and buses in some cities), could be in demonstration in the next few years and eventually be part of a zero-emission corridor along the busy I-710 Freeway leaving the Ports of Los Angeles, according to a recent study.

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