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Overdrive Staff | October 01, 2011

Carriers should also call Frazier if a business attempts to obtain banking or credit card information from truckers, if not related to a purchase.

— Jill Dunn



SHORT HAULS

MORE THAN 50 PERCENT of vehicle out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections were for brake-related violations, according to Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Roadcheck 2011 program, held during September.

THREE TRAVEL PLAZAS on the Pennsylvania Turnpike are closed for repairs for about nine months: the Plainfield travel plaza, at mile post 291; Blue Mountain travel plaza, at mile post 202; and South Somerset travel plaza. The travel stops are scheduled to reopen in May.

TRUCKING PAYROLL employment dipped by 900 jobs in August, though compared with August 2010, trucking employment is up by 40,000, or 3.2 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

CLASS 8 total net orders in August for all major North American truck makers were projected at 20,513, an 11 percent increase over July, FTR Associates said. ACT Research Co. projected the August rate at 20,800 units. Despite the improvement, the numbers reflect a level not seen since October. Annualized Class 8 orders for the six months ending in August stood at 299,600 units, sharply higher than a year earlier.


Virginia progresses toward tolling I-95

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Sept. 19 said the Federal Highway Administration has granted the state preliminary approval to toll I-95 under a pilot program if it meets certain conditions.

The state estimates it could generate $250 million over the first five years of the toll program and over $50 million annually afterward.

The state would use toll revenues to finance capacity expansion and operational and safety improvements. Examples of potential projects include widening I-95 between I-295 and the North Carolina border, enhancing Intelligent Transportation Systems and installing over-height detectors on bridges, the Virginia Department of Transportation said. 

Virginia will be one of only three states in the Interstate Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program with authority to toll Interstate facilities after it completes studies and meets other statutory requirements, the state said.

As part of this approval, the state dropped preliminary plans to toll I-81, a statement said. 

— Staff reports



President signs highway funding extension

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