A recent audit of the camera readers at the Ohio River Bridges found that problems with the system could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost toll revenue. The audit found that the cameras were often not taking clear pictures and that some of the cameras were misaligned; Kapsch, which operates the system, said it is reviewing the audit.
Conditions are ripe for a strong Thanksgiving holiday travel season, and the Maine Turnpike Authority is predicting over 1 million transactions, which would be a record. Mild weather, a strong economy and low gas prices are combining to get people on the road.
A report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows that half of the electric vehicles sold worldwide in the third quarter were sold in China, as the Chinese government is making a strong push with the new technology. The report states that 287,000 were sold over the three-month period that ended in September, a 63% increase, and it predicts that in 2017, sales of electric vehicles will top 1 million for the first time.
Kane County, Ill., wants to build a $37 million toll bridge over the Fox River, and it is expected to award a contract to Jacobs Engineering Group that will help it through the decision-making process. The county must decide on the amount of money to borrow, the cost of maintenance and toll rates.
Pennsylvania has developed a system that helps emergency personnel respond when drivers are trapped in a vehicle during inclement weather or other conditions, and 511PAConnect has won several awards, the state's governor said. The system sends out a geotargeted wireless emergency alert to cell phones that includes instructions and updates.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority wrote off $11.3 million in unpaid tolls between November 2012 and January 2017, and the agency had $72 million in unpaid fees from outstanding tolls. The MTA has moved toward open-road tolling at the nine bridges and tunnels under its jurisdiction, and it says the data used for the audit were old.
A federal court has rejected attempts by the private owner of a bridge between Detroit and Canada to stop the construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge. The decision allows the project to move forward, and construction of the $2.1 billion bridge is expected to start in 2018, with the opening not expected before 2022.
The city council in Waterloo, Wis., voted to hire Peachy Clean Commercial and Construction Cleaning to service multiple government buildings. The approval, which came after an earlier, inconclusive vote, means the city will not renew its contract with D&D Cleaning.
Sturgis Public Schools in Michigan's St. Joseph County contracts with Enviro-Clean for its custodial services, saving at least $200,000 annually by outsourcing. In Three Rivers Community Schools, some buildings are handled by district employees and some are cleaned by Grand Rapids Building Services.
Durham Public Schools in North Carolina has outsourced some jobs for more than a decade and is revisiting that model. The district is contracting more custodians employed by Service Solutions or its subcontractor, Premiere.