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  • An independent and Democrats say tolls are necessary

    01/22/2018 11:11:06 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Connecticut Mirror ^ | January 19, 2018 | Mark Pazniokas
    Southington — Oz Griebel, a petitioning candidate for governor who once led the state Transportation Strategy Board, told an audience of construction executives and union members Friday that Connecticut must embrace electronic tolling and higher gasoline taxes to preserve and improve its transportation infrastructure.At a transportation forum for Democratic and unaffiliated candidates, Griebel offered the broadest prescription for how to stabilize and grow a special transportation fund now projected to hit insolvency by 2022, leaving the state unable to borrow money to address a growing backlog of transportation needs.Many of the Democrats, unlike the Republican field at a similar event...
  • E-ZPass users can use pass, get discount on Central Florida toll roads

    01/22/2018 10:47:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 9, 2017 | Gal Tziperman Lotan
    Drivers from northern states that use the E-ZPass system for toll roads will be able to use their passes to drive on some Central Florida toll roads — and get the same discount SunPass users receive.Central Florida drivers, however, will not be able to use their EPasses to pay for tolls if they travel to the 16 E-ZPass states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois and South Carolina.“One of our main objectives is to improve the ease and uninterrupted travel that E-ZPass customers enjoy, and portability to the Sunshine State is certainly a common request,” E-ZPass Group Executive Director P.J. Wilkins...
  • Toll lanes over Potomac, DC Streetcar changes, road widenings

    01/22/2018 7:56:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 17, 2018 | Max Smith
    WASHINGTON — Expanding and extending Beltway toll lanes over the Potomac River sooner, delays and changes to D.C. Streetcar plans, and changes to widening plans for a number of roads across the region. Those are some of the transportation projects that moved forward to be part of long-range plans that can actually be constructed in coming years. Other projects accepted Wednesday as having the funding to move forward include an additional lane by 2025 on Interstate 95 south just across the Occoquan River to exit 160, and a plan to widen Route 15 from Battlefield Parkway to Montresor Road near...
  • What's next for I-35 now that toll plans are scrapped?

    01/21/2018 10:49:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    KHOU ^ | January 3, 2018 | Rebeca Trejo, KVUE
    AUSTIN - As we begin the new year, congestion on Interstate Highway 35 continues to be a problem for commuters in Central Texas. Late last month, TxDOT leadership voted to scrap plans to add tolls to the interstate. So, what plans does the state have to address traffic on the interstate and other highways? TxDOT is looking to its leadership, the Texas Transportation Commission -- a government-appointed 5-member body. Because leadership voted against tolls, TxDOT is essentially regrouping and said it is wanting to talk with local partners to get to a solution for I-35. KVUE spoke with Ben Wear,...
  • Oklahoma drivers can expect to pay more on turnpikes in 2018

    01/20/2018 8:12:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Oklahoma's News 4 ^ | December 6, 2017 | KFOR-TV & K. Querry
    OKLAHOMA CITY – Drivers across Oklahoma can expect to pay more on some turnpikes next year. On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority voted to increase the tolls of some routes by 2.5 percent in January. Experts predict that the increase will cost drivers between 5 cents and 10 cents more on their trip. As you may remember, tolls were increased on the state’s turnpikes in March by about 12 percent. At that time, turnpike officials warned that rates would increase again in 2018 and in 2019. Officials say another 2.5 percent increase is expected in 2019.
  • Construction set to begin on Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike

    01/16/2018 8:16:55 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Oklahoma's News 4 ^ | January 8, 2018 | Sarah Stewart
    OKLAHOMA COUNTY - Work is set to begin next week on a controversial, new turnpike that will carve a path through eastern Oklahoma County. The Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike will connect I-40 to the Turner Turnpike, traveling roughly along Luther Road. Since the project was first announced almost two and a half years ago, it has drawn protests from many in the area who are set to lose their homes and land. “Even to this day, we don’t have a size or an actual line or layout for sure of what they even want,” said Joe Krecke. What Krecke does...
  • Environmental group, homeowners sue Illinois Tollway over proposed Route 53 extension

    01/16/2018 4:02:45 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Lake County News-Sun ^ | December 28, 2017 | Mary Wisniewski
    A Lake County environmental group on Thursday sued the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority to stop it from spending any more money to study an extension of Route 53. The lawsuit, filed in Lake County Circuit Court in Waukegan by Livable Lake County and six area homeowners, alleges the Tollway failed to abide by state law in pursuing the controversial project. Specifically, the lawsuit claims that the Tollway violated the Illinois Toll Highway Act by failing to get proper authorization for the corridor from the Illinois legislature and not holding required public hearings. Anthony Vega, a representative for Livable Lake...
  • I-95 Redesignated as I-295 in Mercer County Starting in 2018

    01/14/2018 1:06:19 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Construction Equipment Guide ^ | January 8, 2018 | CEG
    New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials have announced the section of what is now I-95 in New Jersey from the Scudder Falls Bridge over the Delaware River to the Route 1 Interchange in Mercer County will be redesignated as I-295 in early 2018.This change is part of a larger project in which a new interchange is being constructed to connect I-95 to I-276/Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bristol Township, Pa. The Pennsylvania Turnpike connects to the New Jersey Turnpike at Interchange 6 via the New Jersey Turnpike Pearl Harbor Memorial Turnpike Extension in Florence, N.J. When the new I-95/Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange...
  • PennDOT to remove 'plug welds' from 13 bridges to avoid potentially dangerous condition

    01/14/2018 8:11:58 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | January 7, 2018 | Ed Blazina
    A crack that closed the Delaware River Bridge between Philadelphia and New Jersey last January has prompted the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to plan repairs to 13 other bridges across the state. The crack in welding material, which created a 2-inch gap in a major truss, was so serious that officials thought they might have to permanently close the span owned by the Pennsylvania and New Jersey turnpikes. As a result of that problem, PennDOT looked for similar issues in other bridges; the repairs will involve drilling out areas where welding occurred to fill improperly drilled holes, called plug welding,...
  • Quotables: A closer look at Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's toll-jacking

    01/13/2018 8:09:33 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | January 7, 2018 | Tribune-Review
    Motorists frustrated by the unending cycle of toll increases by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission can take some comfort in a performance audit of the agency announced by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. The latest increase, effective Sunday, boosted tolls 6 percent; it's the 10th consecutive increase in as many years. Mr. DePasquale said the audit will examine the Turnpike Commission's assertion that traffic will increase despite increased tolls. It will also look at the turnpike's annual payments to PennDOT and the commission's process for awarding construction contracts. Given the increasing toll on motorists' wallets, a closer look at turnpike operations...
  • Former Pres of MD-Based Transport Co Indicted on 11 Counts...Foreign Bribery, Fraud & $$$ Laundering

    01/12/2018 6:35:04 PM PST · by smileyface · 7 replies
    An indictment against a former co-president of a Maryland-based transportation company that provides services for the transportation of nuclear materials to customers in the United States and abroad, was unsealed today for his alleged role in a scheme that involved the bribery of an official at a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation. Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning of the District of Maryland, Principal Deputy Inspector General April G. Stephenson of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General (DOE-OIG) and Assistant Director in...
  • Santa Monica looks to cap Interstate 10 in new downtown plan

    01/10/2018 7:15:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    The Architects Newspaper ^ | January 10, 2018 | Antonio Pacheco
    Local planning politics on Los Angeles’s Westside is in a sad state of affairs. There, a municipally-led push to complete city streets by adding bicycle infrastructure and other pedestrian improvements has been met with fierce opposition from local drivers. Recent efforts in L.A’s Mar Vista neighborhood, for example, grew so toxic that community members launched a now-stalled recall bid to remove Mike Bonin—the local council person who champions the so-called “road diets” as well as the city’s Vision Zero plan those diets support—from office. The embarrassing spectacle has thrown into question the commitment L.A. residents have not only toward prioritizing...
  • As Trimmier construction ends, nearby business employees skeptical

    01/09/2018 7:04:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Killeen Daily Herald ^ | December 25, 2017 | Josh Sullivan
    The Starbucks on Killeen’s Trimmier Road, near U.S. Highway 190/Interstate 14, was as busy as ever at 4 p.m. Saturday — the day before Christmas Eve. Perhaps it was customers buying gift cards and 12-ounce bags of ground coffee as last-minute gifts for family and friends, or maybe it was shoppers fueling up on caffeine to endure the final stretch of Christmas chores. Either way, Store Manager Jamal Smith hardly had time to talk, as the line of cars in the drive-thru wrapped around the building. Smith is used to the heavy traffic around his store. Being along Trimmier Road,...
  • PA Turnpike reminds travelers of 2018 toll increase

    01/05/2018 6:04:39 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission ^ | January 4, 2018 | News Release
    HARRISBURG, PA (Jan. 4, 2018) —The PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) today reminded motorists that beginning 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 7 tolls will reflect a six-percent increase for both cash and E-ZPass customers. The toll increase, approved by commissioners last July, is needed to meet the PTC’s funding and capital-improvement obligations. Additionally, the PTC is legislatively mandated to offer $450 million in supplemental funding to PennDOT each year under Act 44 of 2007. Since Act 44 was passed, the PTC has provided payments to PennDOT totaling $5.875 billion. Of that amount, $3.625 billion has provided financial assistance to the commonwealth’s mass-transit...
  • System to warn wrong-way drivers to be part of new interchange

    01/04/2018 12:57:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | December 8, 2017 | Mike Akers
    A new detection system to help prevent wrong-way crashes will be part of an interchange under construction in the south Las Vegas Valley. There were 279 wrong-way driver crashes on Nevada’s freeway systems from 2005 to 2015, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation. They resulted in 41 fatalities and 125 injuries. After researching ways to address the problem, NDOT determined a system using vehicle detection, cameras and red rectangular rapid-flashing beacons should be employed. To implement the system, NDOT requested and received permission from the Federal Highway Administration to experiment with the beacons. Permission was needed because red rapid...
  • Northgate interchange construction increases by $4 million

    01/04/2018 7:11:13 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Idaho State Journal ^ | December 9, 2017 | Shelbie Harris
    The Northgate project that involves constructing an interchange on Interstate 15 north of Pocatello and is expected to trigger a landslide of development simultaneously took one step forward and another backward last week. The Pocatello City Council unanimously approved the annexation of nearly 300 acres of land north of East Chubbuck Road on Thursday, but the Idaho Transportation Department also learned the construction cost of the interchange alone has increased by about $4 million. There has been some speculation that the increased costs could negatively impact the project, but the ITD board is scheduled to meet on Thursday at its...
  • Ark. DOT studies possible first toll road for state

    01/03/2018 4:16:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Equipment World's Better Roads ^ | December 26, 2017 | Don McLoud
    A future Interstate 49 and whether it will become Arkansas’ first toll road are being considered, with public meetings likely coming in early 2018, reports KFSM news station.The interstate section being considered would stretch from Barling to Alma over the Arkansas River. The Arkansas Department of Transportation has commissioned a study on charging tolls on the future highway section.The study is scheduled to be completed next fall, and public meetings are expected at the first of 2018 to get public input on the project, the station reports.Interstate 49 would eventually stretch from New Orleans to Canada. Portions of the highway...
  • Where should I-66 outside the Beltway toll money go?

    01/02/2018 7:01:01 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 1, 2018 | Max Smith
    WASHINGTON — With construction on new toll lanes ramping up this year on Interstate 66 between Gainesville and the Beltway, Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board is due to approve a number of projects next week that will be paid for by the toll lane operators. After a public hearing Thursday, the board is due to vote Jan. 10 on how to spend $496 million of a $579 million payment that Express Mobility Partners gave the state as part of the construction agreement. An additional $79 million is due to go toward oversight of the project, including public outreach, and there is...
  • Maryland plan to build toll lanes on Beltway, I-270 piques companies’ interest

    12/30/2017 1:05:09 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 13, 2017 | Katherine Shaver
    Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn dangled a $9 billion carrot Wednesday in front of more than 100 companies potentially interested in adding express toll lanes to the Capital Beltway, Interstate 270 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. “It’s amazing,” Rahn quipped to more than 320 highway engineers, designers and builders in a ballroom at the BWI Airport Marriott in Linthicum. “You can get a lot of attention when you put a nine in front of a ‘B.’” Officially, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s industry forum was intended to provide companies more details about the plan to add four toll lanes each...
  • $17 tolls? VDOT says 1st day on I-66 averaged $14.50 round trip

    12/29/2017 10:38:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    WTOP ^ | December 8, 2017 | Max Smith
    WASHINGTON — About two years ago, during the last big debate over Interstate 66 rush-hour tolls for solo drivers, there was a lot of talk about $17 round-trip tolls. Virginia’s transportation secretary said this week that the tolls drivers have seen inside the Beltway so far remain in line with those projections. New data the Virginia Department of Transportation provided Thursday from the first day of tolls on Monday morning show the average morning toll for drivers who paid with an E-ZPass, or who will get automated violation notices in the mail, was $10.70, while the average afternoon toll paid...