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Overdrive Staff | November 01, 2010

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HIGHWAY HAPPENINGS

ARIZONA. The Arizona Department of Transportation has reopened four rest areas closed since 2009: Bouse Wash (I-10), Hassayampa (U.S. 60), Haviland (I-40) and McGuireville (I-17). ADOT reopened five other rest areas last summer.

CALIFORNIA. Most rest areas closed because of a state budget impasse have been reopened. The Brookside rest area on I-10 west of Beaumont remains closed. Rest areas at Buckman Springs and Sunbeam on I-8 and Hunter Hill and Donner Summit on I-80 remain closed for construction until 2011.

IDAHO. Traffic disruptions will continue into 2011 with the widening of I-84 to eight lanes near Boise. Two lanes are open in both directions during construction. Speed limit is 55 mph.

INDIANA. Nighttime traffic is restricted to one lane on I-65 southbound for resurfacing. The work covers four and a half miles from U.S. 231 and runs 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly. Contract completion date is April 30.

MARYLAND. A new law prohibits hand-held phone use except to call in an emergency. The law is a secondary offense that requires law enforcement to stop the driver for another offense before ticketing for cell-phone use. The state already had an anti-texting-while-driving law.

NEW YORK. Six rest areas on Interstates in New York State are scheduled for temporary closure this year to save money. On Nov. 1, the State Department of Transportation planned to close Brewerton/Hastings on I-81 and Schodack on I-90, though both will be used for commercial vehicle inspections. On Dec. 1, rest areas slated for closure are Lewis and Schroon Lake on I-87 and Worcester and Wells Bridge on I-88. Vehicle inspections will continue at both sites.

TEXAS. Four of the top seven most congested highways in the state are in Harris County-Houston. IH 45 ranks 1, 6 and 7 on the congested list, while U.S. 59 is second. The state calculates more than 4.5 million hours of delays annually on nine miles of IH 45 from SL 8 North to IH 610.

WYOMING. Variable speed limits have replaced the seasonal 65 mph speed limit on I-80. The state’s Transportation Management Center is able to reduce limits in 5 mph increments to 35 mph when weather conditions dictate on 52 miles of Interstate between Laramie and Rawlins.


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