Overdrive Staff | July 01, 2011

CALIFORNIA. Interstate 405 in Los Angeles, one of the busiest freeways in the country, will be closed for 53 hours from the night of July 15 until the morning of July 18 to allow demolition of part of the Mulholland Drive Bridge. Northbound I-405 will be closed for 10 miles between I-10 and U.S. 101, and southbound I-405 will be closed for four miles between U.S. 101 and the Getty Center Drive exit.

IOWA. All lanes of I-29 for a 10-mile stretch north of Council Bluffs are closed because of Missouri River flooding and may not reopen until August. A 40-mile detour runs over I-80 and I-680.

LOUISIANA. Funds have been earmarked for the state to complete construction of I-49. The road runs from I-20 in Shreveport to the Arkansas line and from I-10 in Lafayette to the West Bank Expressway in New Orleans. Bills authorizing the funds are moving through the legislature. If approved the project could be completed by 2016.

MARYLAND. Tolls for five- and six-axle commercial vehicles may double or triple by July 2013 on the state transportation authority’s eight facilities. One-way tolls on bridges on U.S. 50/301 and U.S. 301 would increase from the current $15 to $30 on Jan. 1, and to $48 on July 1, 2013. A $30 toll on the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway on I-95 would jump to $36 in 2012 and to $48 in 2013.

MAINE. In September, violators will face a minimum fine of $100. Maine is the 33rd state to prohibit texting while driving.

MISSOURI. I-55 welcome centers near Hayti and Marston are open with parking spaces, restrooms and picnic areas.

NEVADA. A bill has been sent to the governor that would establish the state’s first toll road around Boulder City. The $400 million, 15-mile bypass is aimed at relieving traffic from the opening of the Hoover Dam bypass bridge.

OREGON. The governor signed a bill that voids any motor carrier contracts executed after May 26 that indemnify shippers for losses caused by their own negligence. The Oregon law pertains to contracts for transporting property for compensation or hire; entry on property to load, unload or transport property; or any service incidental to such activity, including packing or storage of property.

PENNSYLVANIA. Ephrata’s Milestone Restaurant and 222 Truck Stop closed May 31, and will be demolished. Planned for the site is a convenience store and fuel station.

TEXAS. A bill would authorize speeds of 85 mph on highways built after June 1, 2011. Speed limits for trucks now range from 60 mph for farm to market roads up to 70 mph for Interstates 20 and 10.

Love’s opens two travel centers

Love’s Travel Stops has opened two new locations in Ocala, Fla., and Dickson, Tenn.

The Ocala facility at I-75 exit 358 offers 73 truck parking spaces, 16 auto fuel dispensing stations, eight truck fuel dispensing stations, two Diesel Exhaust Fluid dispensers, CAT scales, a lotto machine and Subway and Chester’s restaurants. The company will open a tire care center at the travel stop in mid-June.

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