Monthly Archives: January 2012

John Fletcher, Husband, Father, Ohio Turnpike Worker Killed on the Job in Work Zone

On January 24, 2012, a DistTech tractor trailer driven by truck driver Edward Mills crashed into turnpike workers near Fremont, Ohio, injuring Mills and a construction worker and killing Assistant Foreman John Fletcher. DistTech is a tanker truck company with … Continue reading

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Rankin is head of Kansas DOT

Republican Governor Sam Brownback has named Barb Rankin as Kansas’ acting secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). Rankin’s move is a promotion from her position as general counsel for the agency. She will replace Deb Miller, a holdover … Continue reading

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Will California get a high speed rail corridor?

A proposed 800 mile high speed rail corridor in California has recently been projected at $98.5 billion, more than twice the previous estimate. This could result in passenger trains traveling 220 miles per hour and could reduce congestion on clogged … Continue reading

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Fueling Trucks with Cooking Oil

The Atlanta suburb of Smyrna is beginning to fuel some city trucks with a biodiesel mixture that includes re-used cooking oil collected from local restaurants that fry foods. Smyrna modeled this after a repurposed-cooking-oil-as-fuel program in Hoover, Alaska, according to … Continue reading

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New Oregon Law Prohibits Excessive Truck Idling; Removes Cell Phone Use Exception

New in the State of Oregon in 2012 is a law that commercial vehicles may not idle more than 5 minute during any one hour period. There are exceptions for maintenance and for heating and cooling in extreme weather. At … Continue reading

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Peoria Area Highway Construction

A total of $85 million in state funds is expected to be spent on high speed connecting ramps and otherwise improving the I-74/I-155 interchange in Morton near Peoria. This project comes after two decades of planning. Construction is estimated to … Continue reading

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Commercial Traffic Banned from Syracuse Area Bridge

In September 2010, a double decker Megabus crashed into a low CSX railroad bridge in suburban Syracuse, which killed four passengers. Commercial traffic has now been banned from the highway. The ban took effect after state crews finished installing the … Continue reading

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Bridge over Lake Champlain from Vermont to New York is Open

The Lake Champlain bridge from New York to Vermont is running over budget, as reported by the Burlington Free Press. The bridge is nearly 10% over budget. It was originally bid as a $69.6 million project, but not will likely … Continue reading

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I-95 in Georgia may get Reversible Lanes

I-95 may get reversible lanes–lanes that can be converted from northbound to southbound and vice versa through the use of moveable barriers. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has proposed the Georgia Department of Transportation look at adding these lanes that could … Continue reading

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Cleveland Traffic Technology to Set Model for Rest of State

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will soon complete its $18 million dollar traffic monitoring system in the Cleveland area. This system includes 300 cameras, 60 real-time message boards and 1000 road sensors that monitor vehicle speeds and weather. This … Continue reading

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