highways

Highway funding extended two weeks with President’s signature

President Barack Obama signed into law Friday, Nov. 20, a bill to extend highway funding for two weeks.

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Congress advances two-week highway bill, now has to Dec. 4 to pass long-term bill

The Senate passed by a quick voice vote midday Thursday a two-week highway funding extension that ensures the country’s roads and bridge account won’t run dry while lawmakers finalize a long-term highway bill.

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Senate nixes 33-foot twin trailer provision in DOT funding bill

The Senate’s original legislation included a provision to increase the tandem trailer limit to 33 feet, but an amendment brought to the Senate floor Wednesday stripped the bill of the provision. Its sponsor calls it a win for small business truckers.

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Top 10 most congested freight intersections

ATRI's annual rankings this year gave the dubious distinction of most congested freight chokepoint to the city of Atlanta and its "Spaghetti Junction" north stack interchange at I-285 and I-85.

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House passes short-term highway funding extension to buy time for long-term bill

The current stopgap measure passed in late October expired Friday, Nov. 20. Members of the House and Senate this week are meeting in a conference committee tasked with producing a unified long-term bill that can get through both chambers of Congress. The Senate likely will take up the House’s short-term patch in the coming days.

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Congress to attempt to hammer out unified highway bill, owner-op ‘poison pill,’ size/weight already see action

Of key trucking interests on the table heading into the conference committee are potential inclusions of size and weight changes and, perhaps more pressing for owner-operators, fixing language in the bill that could potentially create havoc for about 450,000 carriers, many of them small fleets and owner-operators.

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Nighttime closure of two SB lanes of I-15 in Las Vegas

Nevada DOT will close two far right southbound lanes of I-15 between Charleston Boulevard and F Street in Las Vegas tonight, Monday, November 9, from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m.

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House passes CSA-stripping highway bill; legislation would expand driver drug testing, implement carrier ‘hiring standards’

The U.S. House of Representatives passed by a 363-64 vote Thursday, Nov. 4, a multi-year highway bill that would strip the DOT’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program of its publicly available carrier rankings and require regulators to rework the program.

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House withdraws highway bill amendment that sought to fix damaging measure for independent truckers

A fix to a measure in the House’s long-term highway bill, which as-is could be harmful to independent truckers and small trucking companies, was pulled from the House floor late Wednesday afternoon.

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House kills proposition to up truck weight limit to 91,000 pounds

A proposed Congressional measure to allow states to increase truck weight limits to 91,000 pounds failed when brought to the House floor late Tuesday. The reform was offered as an amendment to the long-term highway bill under consideration this week.

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