Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill which includes a proposed 2.7 percent annual increase in Turnpike truck tolls through 2023 and approves speed increases on some roadways.
The President's budget includes $50 million for immediate infrastructure improvement and full support of the MAP-21 highway bill.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol has taken to trucks to spot car, pickup and minivan drivers violating day-to-day rules like not wearing a seatbelt and texting while driving.
Though Inrix's Gridlock Index showed steady traffic in December, that could mean good things for the economy, the firm says.
A $5 billion fund set up by the bill would provide loans and loan guarantees as incentives for private and state investment in projects that would improve highways and bridges.
Rep. Thomas Petri said a vehicle miles traveled tax — a highway usage fee, essentially — may be a source of revenue for highway funding in the future.
In an address to AASHTO Wednesday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said sequester would be a setback to transportation and the next highway bill should be five years long, not two.
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