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Overdrive Staff | November 01, 2010

Caterpillar will unveil the first model in its line of Cat vocational trucks, the Cat CT660, at the CONEXPO trade show on March 22.

The Class 8 trucks will be sold and serviced exclusively through the Cat North American Dealer network, with production beginning after CONEXPO. The trucks are being developed with Navistar International.

Caterpillar says the trucks will have wide applications, such as logging, moving rock and hauling trash.

Caterpillar will offer the heavy-duty Cat vocational day cab trucks with a full range of engine ratings and torque capability options.

— Jack Roberts



Hoover Dam bridge opens

The recently opened Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge towering over Hoover Dam becomes the Western Hemisphere’s longest single-span concrete arch bridge and saves truckers considerable time and expense.

The Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge eliminates a 75-mile detour from truckers running between Arizona and Nevada.

The 1,900-foot-long bridge is part of a $240 million four-lane bypass that reroutes traffic for 3.5 miles from the two-lane bottleneck on U.S. 93 across the dam.

Security concerns after 9/11 led authorities to ban commercial trucks from traveling across the dam, forcing truck drivers to use a detour.

— Staff reports




CSA 2010 ready for nationwide rollout

A new safety enforcement program, the Safety Measurement System, will start in December as Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 goes into effect in 50 states.

During its 30-month field test, CSA 2010 testing uncovered a large amount of safety violations among carriers in certain states, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. FMCSA summarized the testing in a September report to Congress.

Next month the SMS will replace Safestat to identify high-risk carriers. It will form the basis for assigning interventions with safety-deficient carriers, as well as their drivers and leased owner-operators. Once the SMS is in place, the agency will begin issuing warning letters to carriers.  

Phase I of the testing was conducted from February through October of 2008, involving about half of the carriers in Colorado, Georgia, Missouri and New Jersey. Compared to non-test carriers in those states, the test carriers had nearly 50 percent more enforcement-related contact with the agency.

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