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Overdrive Staff | February 01, 2011

50 million to less than 100 million miles: Carter Express, Anderson, Ind.; Groupe Robert, Boucherville, Québec; and Hogan Transports, St. Louis.

100 million or more miles: Bison Transport, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Gordon Trucking, Pacific, Wash.; and Roehl Transport, Marshfield, Wis.

– Jill Dunn



HIGHWAY HAPPENINGS

ARIZONA. Expect periodic lane closures as the state widens I-10 to five lanes in each direction in the West Valley area near Phoenix, between Loop 101 and Sarival Avenue. Work on a Loop 303 interchange with I-10 is scheduled to begin this spring.

ILLINOIS. The Department of Transportation closed the U.S. 60/62 bridge over the Mississippi River to all traffic. The 1920s-era bridge was restricted to a 15-ton limit, but too many violators forced the state to close the structure for repairs. The department recommends using I-57 to cross the river south of Cairo, Ill.

INDIANA. A bill introduced in the state house would permit heavy trucks to travel on a Chicago-area highway. HB1137 would allow extra-heavy-duty loads on State Route 912 in East Chicago. The state redesigned the road across a bridge to handle 134,000-pound Michigan train-permitted loads.

MISSOURI. Three rest areas on Interstates 70 and 44 are closed for repairs and no estimates have been given for reopening them, the Missouri Department of Transportation says. Closed are rest areas at I-70 eastbound at mile marker 168 near Mineola and I-44 eastbound and westbound at mile marker 52 near Halltown. No parking is available during construction.

NEW YORK. New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority hiked tolls on its seven bridges and two tunnels. A five-axle truck pays $47.26 if using E-ZPass and $70 if paying cash for crossing the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, compared to $45 and $60, respectively, before the hike. To get the city’s E-ZPass, call (800) 333-TOLL or visit www.ezpassny.com.

OHIO. Ohio Turnpike’s Mahoning Valley and Glacier Hills service plazas, near milepost 237, are closed for reconstruction and will reopen summer 2012. Until then, drivers leaving the last Pennsylvania service plaza will have 120 miles before arriving at Ohio’s first service facility. Eastbound Ohio Turnpike travelers will have 94 miles between the last service plaza in Ohio and the first service facility in Pennsylvania.

OREGON. The state raised its diesel fuel tax to 30 cents a gallon in October, pushing the total to 55.4 to 57.4 cents a gallon, depending on where the purchase is made.

PENNSYLVANIA. Turnpike tolls have increased. E-ZPass customers are paying 3 percent more in 2011, while cash customers face a 10 percent increase. The fare schedule will not be printed on tickets until the turnpike authority receives the new tickets this spring. E-ZPass tags are available at www.paturnpike.com or by calling (877) PENN-PASS. They are also sold at some grocery chains.

VIRGINIA. Work is over halfway complete on the Capital Beltway HOT Lanes project, which will replace every interchange or overpass bridge over the Beltway. The project is scheduled to be finished by late 2012.

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