— Jill Dunn
ALABAMA. Gov. Robert Bentley signed a bill that made the state the 38th to ban texting while driving for all drivers. The law takes effect Aug. 1.
ARIZONA. An ongoing pavement improvement project about 80 miles west of downtown Phoenix along 11 miles of I-10 east of Quartzsite will reduce the highway to one lane in each direction for approximately two miles between mileposts 52 and 63 from 7 p.m. to noon daily. Completion is expected in July.
CALIFORNIA. An Interstate 80 Eastbound Cordelia Truck Scales Relocation Project in Fairfield is scheduled to be complete in June 2013. It will include weigh-in-motion scales, multiple truck inspection bays, a new administrative building and additional truck parking.
GEORGIA. The Northwest Corridor transportation improvement project on I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties will build two new managed lanes along the west side of I-75 between its interchanges with I-285 and I-575. The project will be completed by 2018.
IOWA. Periodic lane closures on I-19 southbound will be required between Floyd River and Bacon Creek to accommodate retaining wall construction. Completion is expected by Nov. 1.
VIRGINIA. The state will build a new Midtown Tunnel and rehabilitate existing tunnels to help provide congestion relief to drivers in Norfolk and Portsmouth.
Volvo planning 13-liter LNG engine
Volvo Trucks announced plans to launch its own 13-liter liquefied natural gas engine for North America in 2014.
The new LNG engine’s advanced high-pressure diesel ignition technology will provide significant fuel efficiency gains compared with current natural gas products, the company says.
Combined with the company’s previously announced offering of compressed natural gas-powered Volvo VNM and VNL model daycabs, the new engine will round out a complete range of natural gas-powered offerings.
The company is also testing another fuel that can be produced from natural gas, DME (dimethyl ether), which could become an attractive alternative for the North American market.
“We’re already delivering factory-built CNG-powered trucks,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing. “As the long-haul fueling infrastructure develops, the advanced technology in our new LNG engine will provide increased range and improved fuel efficiency in a seamlessly integrated Volvo powertrain.”