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Overdrive Staff | September 01, 2010

— Jeff Crissey



DOT issues final rule on drug testing

The U.S. Department of Transportation has amended its drug testing procedures, including adding initial and confirmation testing for Ecstasy, lowering the initial and confirmation cutoff concentrations for amphetamines and cocaine, and adding rules affecting heroin testing.

The DOT amended urine specimen testing procedures to create consistency with many provisions of the new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rule, it said in its Aug. 16 final rule. The department’s final rule is effective Oct. 1.

The new rule requires testing for 6-acetylemorphine, or 6-AM, an intermediate metabolite between heroin and morphine, present for a short time after using heroin.

— Jill Dunn



HIGHWAY HAPPENINGS

ARIZONA. Eastbound I-40 at the Canyon Diablo bridge is restricted to a single lane and the speed limit reduced to 45 mph for a construction project.

CALIFORNIA. The Doyle Drive Replacement Project in San Francisco will make new access to the Golden Gate Bridge, which will feature six lanes and a southbound auxiliary lane of new roadway for 1.5 miles from the bridge through the Presidio Trust to Richardson Avenue/Lombard Street. Completion date is 2013.

MISSOURI. The state will begin upgrading U.S. 71 between Kansas City and Joplin to get I-49 designation. The upgrade will be between I-435 in Kansas City and I-44 near Joplin. Also, repairs are scheduled to be finished no later than Sept. 15 on a section of the I-470 interchange to I-435.

NEW JERSEY. The state and Pennsylvania requested the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission to charge five-axle trucks $20 to replace the Scudder Falls Bridge on I-95.

NEW MEXICO. Thirty-two rest areas. may close, which could save as much as $1.6 million in maintenance costs.

PENNSYLVANIA. Tolls on most of the state’s toll roads will increase 3 percent for E-Z Pass customers and 10 percent for cash payers beginning Jan. 2.

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