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Overdrive Staff | January 01, 2010

The Great West Truck Show in Las Vegas will be held June 17-19. The Great American Trucking Show in Dallas will take place Aug. 26-28.

— Staff reports


Truckers deliver wreaths to honor soldiers

Hundreds of trucks left Harrington, Maine, Dec. 6, carrying special deliveries of handmade wreaths as a part of Wreaths Across America. The effort was to honor fallen soldiers and assure their remembrance during the holiday season.

Volunteers met the convoys at state and national cemeteries for ceremonies and to help lay wreaths. A special convoy arrived in Arlington National Cemetery Dec. 12.

“In organizing the transportation and logistics for the wreath deliveries, I was touched with how many trucking companies and professional drivers volunteered to assist in this remembrance,” says Barry Pottle of Pottles Transportation. “We have trucks delivering wreaths all across the country – it really demonstrates just how big-hearted the trucking industry is.”

Share the Road professional drivers Kurt Pedersen (Con-way Freight) and Ben Saiz (ABF Freight System) ran routes to South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. America’s Road Team Captain John Foran (UPS) delivered to cemeteries in New Hampshire and Vermont.

— Staff reports


HIGHWAY HAPPENINGS

IDAHO. Drivers traversing U.S. Highway 95 four miles north of Moscow are warned by flashing yellow lights when deer, elk or moose cross onto the roadway. The lights flash when an animal passes through laser beams focused along the highway shoulders.

LOUISIANA. Periodic ramp closures and traffic rerouting face drivers as the state constructs a new Causeway Boulevard interchange at Interstate 10. Both I-10 directions will be affected through summer 2012.

NEW JERSEY. Expect delays as the state improves an eight-mile stretch of I-295 in Gloucester and Camden counties. The construction area extends from Route 45 (Exit 24) to Haddonfield-Berlin Road (Exit 32). Construction is expected to be completed by July 2012.

NEW MEXICO. The state recently completed construction of the last of 392 lane miles of Interstate 40 through Albuquerque, wrapping up a 20-year project. The project included widening I-40 from Carlisle to San Mateo and rebuilding the San Mateo interchange.

OREGON. More than 31,000 commercial vehicles were weighed during an enforcement effort Nov. 18-20. Officers issued 88 warnings and 148 citations, including 18 for failure to carry chains in a snow zone.

SOUTH CAROLINA. Traffic is being rerouted on northbound Interstate 385. Asphalt roadway from the I-385-I-26 interchange north for 15 miles will be replaced with concrete and widened.

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