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Overdrive Staff | June 02, 2011

Both systems will deliver real-time information on parking availability through intelligent transportation systems.

The Federal Highway Administration is providing the grants under the Truck Parking Facilities Discretionary Grants Program, which helps improve safety on interstates by promoting projects that allow trucks to park safely in areas away from moving traffic, instead of alongside roads.

— Staff reports


 

 

HIGHWAY HAPPENINGS

CALIFORNIA. Truckers’ one-year exemption from last year’s toll hike will end July 1 on San Francisco’s toll bridges. The Bay Area Toll Authority said the two-phase toll increase for multi-axle vehicles takes effect on July 1 and July 1, 2012. Cash tolls for five-axle vehicles will climb to $18 from the current $11.25. A year later the toll will be $5 times the number of axles.

DELAWARE. The state has opened an electric shorepower truck parking area at the Smyrna rest area on U.S. Route 13. An automated system allows truckers to use a Smyrna Rest Area credit card to access the service at the 24-space area. They can pay $20 for a reusable window adapter, which includes the credit card with eight hours of usage time. Additional hours can be purchased for $2.50 an hour.

FLORIDA. The governor was expected to sign a bill that would end the practice of local ports issuing access cards that duplicate the federal identification card.

GEORGIA. State law enforcement is targeting aggressive car and truck drivers on State Highway 400 in Fulton and Forsyth counties through July. The targeted corridor is from exit 5 (Abernathy Road) to exit 16 (Pilgrim Mill Road).

INDIANA. The state becomes the 32nd to prohibit texting while driving. Effective July 1, violators face a maximum fine of $500.

MISSOURI. Watch for I-70 construction projects in the Kansas City area through most of the summer. Projects include a third lane in each direction of I-70 under I-435, rebuilding I-70 bridges and resurfacing of I-70 between Pittman Road and I-470. State Department of Transportation requires two lanes open on I-70 during construction.

NEW YORK. The State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division said the state didn’t have authority to require retrofits on privately owned trucks, as had been mandated by the state’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act.

NORTH DAKOTA. Bismarck residents have voted to extend the state’s smoking ban to truck stops, bars and tobacco stores. The state already prohibited indoor smoking in businesses and public places.

TEXAS. A bill is close to passage that would allow heavy-duty trucks with 2008 and newer EPA-certified engines to idle. Current state law restricts idling to five minutes an hour in many areas from April to October. Meanwhile, the state Commission on Environmental Quality is scheduled to meet June 22 to consider amending its regulation to exempt large trucks from idling restrictions during driver rest periods.

UTAH. The state is into the second year of the 24-mile reconstruction project on I-15 south of Salt Lake City. The project will add two lanes in each direction, add or rebuild 63 bridges and extend an express lane the length of the project. The work is on schedule for a December 2012 deadline.

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