NEW YORK. A new law will require truck drivers traveling in New York City to mount front-end mirrors. Beginning Jan. 18, trucks weighing at least 26,000 pounds and base-plated in New York must have the mirrors when traveling through any of the city’s five boroughs.
NEW JERSEY. A proposal by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey could sharply increase tolls on bridges and tunnels starting in September. The plan would raise cash tolls for five-axle trucks to $85 from $40 roundtrip. E-ZPass users would see peak fees increase to $70 from $40 and off-peak would go up to $65 from $35. The E-ZPass overnight fee would remain at $27.50 and the overnight window would be expanded to 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
RHODE ISLAND. The state has toughened its seat belt law by making it a primary offense, authorizing law enforcement officers to stop drivers for not wearing a seat belt, a violation carrying an $85 fine. An estimated 32 states have primary enforcement of seat-belt laws.
TEXAS. The Federal Highway Administration has approved a state request to add 6.2 miles of U.S. 77 between I-37 and State Highway 44 in South Texas to the interstate highway system. Other procedural steps must be completed before the segment receives the I-69 route number.
VIRGINIA. By early next year, state officials should have detailed proposals for creating 55 miles of new tolled roadway south of Route 460 between Petersburg and Suffolk. Public subsidy, user fees and sources would pay for the limited access, four-lane, divided highway. The highest projected toll for trucks was a flat rate of $75 for tandem trailers.
WASHINGTON. A proposed $3 billion project connecting the state with Oregon is in danger of getting axed in federal budget cutting. The 10-lane bridge across the Columbia River on I-5 would replace an existing six-lane bridge.