Overdrive Staff | July 01, 2010

DELAWARE. Construction is under way to reconfigure the toll plaza on I-95 to accommodate new highway-speed E-ZPass lanes in northbound and southbound directions.

GEORGIA. Effective July 1, the state’s anti-texting law makes texting while driving a primary offense, which allows police to stop drivers for that infraction by itself. Violators can face a penalty of $150.

KANSAS. Drivers caught texting will receive warnings until Jan. 1, 2011, after which law enforcement will issue $60 fines for violations. Because it is a primary law, police officers can stop motorists suspected of this offense alone.

NEW JERSEY. Expect delays on 12 miles of I-295 in Burlington County as all three lanes in each direction are reconstructed. Additional lane closures and detours are expected before the project is finished this year.

NORTH CAROLINA. Both eastbound lanes and one westbound lane of I-40 are open following the repair of the roadway severely damaged by a rockslide last October near the Tennessee state line. On some summer Sundays, all traffic will be delayed for up to 30 minutes as work continues on the one closed westbound lane.

TEXAS. Construction will delay traffic in the Houston area as the state builds two direct connector ramps from IH 10 westbound to SH 99 southbound and from SH 99 northbound to IH 10 eastbound.

VERMONT. Since June 1, the state prohibits drivers of all ages from texting under its new primary offense law. It imposes a $100 penalty for the first violation and a $250 penalty for repeat violations that occur within a two-year period.

VIRGINIA. Construction is under way on the first of three sections on westbound I-66 inside the beltway. The 1.9-mile segment, between Fairfax Drive and Sycamore Street in Arlington County, will take 18 months to complete.

Calif. expands truck funding

The California Air Resources Board announced changes to an existing $28 million financial assistance program intended to help more California independent truckers qualify for the purchase of a cleaner-running vehicle.

The changes to Voucher Initiative Program:

• Medium-duty trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 19,501 pounds and above now qualify.

• Trucks with mileage as low as 15,000 miles per year now are eligible.

• High-mileage trucks can get up to $45,000 in voucher money.

• Trucks with 2002 and older engines may qualify for a newer truck.

• A new funding option of up to $10,000 per truck for an exhaust retrofit is available.

For details go to www.arb.ca.gov/ and click on the “Truck Stop” section.

— Staff reports


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