Overdrive Staff | April 01, 2010

NEBRASKA. I-80 in Lincoln will be closed occasionally at night for the removal and replacement of the North 84th Street bridge deck and girders. Completion is anticipated this fall.

NEW HAMPSHIRE. Several tollbooths are being removed on the Blue Star Turnpike (I-95) to make way for an Open Road Tolling facility that will allow motorists with E-ZPass to go through dedicated ORT lanes at highway speeds. Open Road Tolling at the Hampton Toll Plaza is projected to begin June 15.

NEW JERSEY. Add travel time to account for the state’s three-year project to resurface eight miles of I-295 from Exit 24 to Exit 32. Work is expected to be completed by July 2012.

VIRGINIA. Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed a law that could increase speed limits on an estimated 1,300 miles of roadways to 70 mph from 65 mph. After engineers decide where it’s safe to raise the limit, the higher speed could take effect as soon as July 1.

WYOMING. The Cowboy state is the 20th state to prohibit drivers from texting while behind the wheel. Beginning July 1, the ban will allow officials to ticket anyone caught texting while driving.

CCJ magazine wins award

Editors from Randall-Reilly’s Commercial Carrier Journal, a sister publication of Overdrive, won the Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Technical Content.

The winning article, written by Jack Roberts, Randall-Reilly’s executive editor, trucking, was entitled “The Main Event,” and covered the two approaches engine makers are following to comply with 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards. Avery Vise, editorial director of the Fleet/Dealer/Aftermarket Division, and Dean Smallwood, CCJ’s managing editor, also contributed to the article. In total, CCJ editors have won 14 Neal awards and numerous Neal certificates. This is Roberts’ second Neal award.

— Staff reports

Mark Your Calendar

APRIL 9-10: SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHAPTER 3rd Annual Truck Show, American Truck Historical Society, Chilhowee Park, Knoxville, Tenn., (865) 789-7771.

APRIL 10: YELLOW ROSE CHAPTER Antique Truck Show, American Truck Historical Society, City Park, Highway 71, Smithville, Texas, (830) 743-3179.

APRIL 16-17: EAST TEXAS ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE ASSOCIATION, American Truck Historical Society, Rusk County Youth Expo Center, Henderson, Texas, (903) 889-2671.

APRIL 19-22: COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SAFETY ALLIANCE 2010 Workshop, Hyatt Regency, San Antonio, Texas, www.cvsa.org.

APRIL 23-25: CENTRAL CALIFORNIA CHAPTER Kirkland Show, American Truck Historical Society, Kirkland Ranch, Plymouth, Calif., (916) 381-6063.

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