highways

Senate bill would incentivize transportation infrastructure investment

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.

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Highway subcommittee chair talks highway usage tax, infrastructure

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.

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LaHood: ‘Sequester is dumb,’ next highway bill needs to be longer

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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Several states toying with speed limit bumps

Utah may be expanding its 80 mph speed limit use, and other states are considering pushing limits to 75 mph on certain highways.

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Study: Traffic costs trucking $27 billion a year

The trucking industry as a whole was the victim of a $27 billion loss in 2011 in the aggregation of time spent and fuel wasted in congestion on U.S. highways.

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NY decides against truck toll hikes

A preliminary plan to raise tolls on truck drivers traveling the New York Thruway has been scrapped in favor of a new plan that involves shoring up spending and better asset management.

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Crash-related deaths rise among truck occupants

Crash-related fatalities among occupants of large trucks rose 20 percent in 2011, while the overall number of highway deaths in 2011 fell to levels not seen since the 1940s.

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Missouri replacing I-70 bridge, encouraging alternate routes

The Missouri Department of Transportation will replace the westbound Interstate 70 Blanchette Bridge over the Missouri River between St. Louis and St. Charles, Mo., at mile marker 230. The work began Friday, with all traffic sharing the eastbound bridge, consisting of three 10- to -11 foot wide lanes. A 45-mph speed limit is set for the work zone. Commercial drivers, especially hazmat drivers and carriers, are encouraged to use 1-270 and Mo. 370 as an ...

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85 mph highway opens in Texas

Wednesday marked the opening of the new 85 mph speed limit on Texas State Highway 130, where a 40-mile section of the highway between San Antonio and Austin now has the nation's highest speed limit.

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Va.’s new U.S. 460 to charge $11.72 toll

When Virginia opens the new Route 460 in 2018, truckers will pay $11.72 to drive the entire 55-mile extension, while the current route will remain toll free.

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