Trucking news and briefs for Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019:
NASTC fuel discount partnership with Speedway ending
Truck drivers who are members of the National Association of Small Trucking Companies’ Quality Plus Network fuel discount program will no longer be able to use their QPN cards at Speedway fuel stops beginning Monday, Sept. 16. Erik Lamb, QPN fuel program manager for NASTC, said a deal between Speedway and Pilot will end the partnership.
“We are unhappy with this outcome,” Lamb said in a statement. “Speedway chose to make a deal with Pilot allowing them to take over their fuel islands at the majority of their locations. When that happens, the Pilot Card readers will be installed and our card will no longer work there.”
According to a listing of NASTC QPN authorized fuel stops, there were 98 Speedway locations in the network.
I-10, I-40 set for temporary closures in Arizona
The Arizona Department of Transportation will close I-10 Westbound in Phoenix between 35th and 67th avenues this weekend between 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, and 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16. Additionally, both ramps from I-17 to I-10 westbound at the “Stack” interchange will be closed. ADOT recommends westbound drivers use I-8 West at Casa Grande and State Route 85 north from Gila Bend to reenter I-10 in Buckeye.
I-40 west of Flagstaff will also close overnight next week on Monday, Sept. 16, and Thursday, Sept. 19. The eastbound lanes of the interstate will close under the overpass for the Bellemont/Transwestern Road Interchange from 7 p.m. to midnight Monday, and the westbound lanes will close from 7 p.m. to midnight Thursday.