Overdrive Staff | April 03, 2011

MICHIGAN. Road and bridge construction work is under way on M-84 and I-75. Lanes will be closed intermittently. The project is scheduled for completion in November.

NEW HAMPSHIRE. Gov. John Lynch is considering closing half of the state’s 16 rest areas to save money. If the facilities are closed, the number of truck parking spaces would be cut to 93 from 116. A final decision will be made when the fiscal 2012-2013 budget is ready July 1.

OREGON/WASHINGTON. A proposed I-5 bridge over the Columbia River between Portland and Vancouver, Wash., would require tolls to help pay for the $4 billion structure. The U.S. Department of Transportation supports congestion pricing on the proposed bridge, which would replace the current bridge in 2018.

TEXAS. The state is considering changing its law that limits truck idling to five minutes. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in scheduled to decide on a change June 22 that would permit idling for drivers using the sleeper berth for a mandated rest period and not within two miles of a facility offering shorepower.

WEST VIRGINIA. A bill would impose tolls to complete a 14-mile section of U.S. 35. The proposed toll would be $1.21 a mile for a five-axle vehicle.

WISCONSIN. Expect significant delays as work continues on 18 miles of I-43. The project will continue until August 2012.

WYOMING. Higher fines for oversize and overweight trucks are in a bill awaiting the governor’s signature. Minimum fines for oversize trucks would increase to $100 from $50, while overweight truck fines would go to $25 to $1,000 from the current maximum of $750.

Willie’s Place to reopen as a Petro

TravelCenters of America will convert Willie’s Place into a Petro Stopping Center, expected to open this month.

TA bought the Dallas-area property March 1 after it was posted for foreclosure, said company spokesman Tom Liutkus. TA had the winning bid of $6.4 million, according to a March 8 story in The Hillsboro (Texas) Reporter.

“We have a team of people assessing the property as we speak so our detailed plans are not yet final,” Liutkus said. “We are currently interviewing former employees and new candidates for the projected job positions we will need.”

On Jan. 11, Judge Harlin Hale of U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Northern District of Texas permitted the business’ financial backers to foreclose on the truck stop after rejecting its Chapter 11 reorganization plan.

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