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Overdrive Staff | October 01, 2011

ILLINOIS. Jan. 1, tollway I-Pass tolls will rise from 40 cents to 75 cents. Cash tolls will increase from 80 cents to $1.50. Tolls will fund a 15-year, $12 billion project for an Elgin to O’Hare airport bypass, an interchange between I-57 and I-294, and reconstruction and widening of I-90.

MARYLAND. I-270 lanes between the Capital Beltway and Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda will be closed into next summer and resurfaced. Northbound I-270 single-lanes will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Friday. Double lane closures are set for midnight to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Similar lane closures are planned for southbound I-270.

NEBRASKA. Pavement repair on I-80 from west of the Aurora I-80 interchange to 5.5 miles east will be done this year. Bridge, milling and asphalt work will start next year and is set for completion in late summer.

NEW HAMPSHIRE. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $1 million for repair of roads and bridges, many near White Mountain Forest, damaged by floods from Hurricane Irene.

NEW JERSEY. A project to redeck the Walt Whitman Bridge on I-76 crossing the Delaware River between Philadelphia and New Jersey will close one lane of the bridge through summer 2014. The right-hand eastbound lane will be closed for five months. One-lane closures will follow during the project.

OREGON. The State Department of Transportation and Portland General Electric are building a $10 million solar energy project at the Baldock rest area on I-5 near Wilsonville. About 7,000 solar panels will be erected near the rest area and will generate up to 2 million kilowatt hours yearly.

PENNSYLVANIA. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration awarded $7.9 million to the Commonwealth for projects including enforcement at high-crash corridors and safety audits of new truck and bus companies. The agency also made awards to the Philadelphia Police Department for truck inspections and inspector training.

VERMONT. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $5 million for repair of roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Irene. Damage to Vermont’s federal-aid highways is estimated to exceed $125 million.

VIRGINIA. The state Department of Transportation is partnering with CRH Catering Co. to provide ATMs and maintenance to the state’s 42 rest areas. CRH is required to pay VDOT $2 million a year under the three-year contract.

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