Todd Dills

Iowa I-35 lane closures through June 2, more highway haps

Welcome to construction season, drivers. The Iowa Department of Transportation reports the right lane of SB I-35 between exits 68 (Iowa 5, near Cumming) and 52 (County Road G50, near Bevington) has closed for road work. The closure is expected to run through June 2. In both directions on I-35, too, the state reported, the roadway will be reduced to one lane between exits 36 (County Road R35) and 56 (IA 92, near Bevington) from 6 a.m.-6 PM local time, through June 1. State ...

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Bill would put the brakes on Wireless Roadside Inspection

As with truck systems, inspections could see in relatively short order a future in which more happens with less human involvement. Recent draft DOT appropriations bill item seeks to curb "Wireless Roadside Inspection" pending DOT's addressing of industry, enforcement concerns.

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Trucking Solutions Group launches fund-raiser for mobile mammography

Attendant to a variety of free health screenings for all driver-attendees and others at GATS this year, which the TSG has helped organization, the fund-raiser is to help cover costs of mammograms for those unable to afford it.

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WB I-70 in Colorado reopened after emergency road work shut it down

The Colorado Department of Transportation reported westbound lanes of I-70 between milemarkers 419 and 412 were shut down at 10 a.m. local time; the roadway reopened approximately eight hours later.

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‘Tired truckers’ back in the headlines — and the limits, benefits of safety technology

Whatever comes of active driver-assist safety technologies in the near future, it will remain an aware driver that is the bedrock of all trucking safety.

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POLL: What’s on your hours of service wish list?

Among the choices in this poll, what do you think would be the best way to improve the hours of service with safety in mind? Don't see your choice here? Call 530-408-6423 to weigh in or drop a comment under the post.

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Analyst: CSA ‘sea change’ coming

Following broad movement among motor carrier groups and individual interactions at the Congressional level and throughout government, more than 80 percent of readers say yes to pulling back the reins on the CSA program.

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Highways round-up: I-95 speed limit in Del. going up, Mich. I-75/I-94 construction, more

Beginning May 14, MDOT will begin replacing I-75 bridge supports under the eastbound I-94 ramp. Work is expected to continue through June 12, during which time EB I-94 ramp to NB I-75 will close.

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April volume, rates: Spot load availability falls, base linehaul rates rise

Controlling for declines in fuel prices, base line-haul rates were up in April viewed year over year, suggesting a continuing good rate negotiating environment for independents able to secure freight.

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‘Discretion’ is a big word ……

What you do throughout your encounters with motor carrier enforcement officers may end up having a lot to do with the ending picture in the inspection report.

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