An outage that has affected the Maryland Transportation Authority's website and phone system has prompted the waiving of late fees for people who have been unable to pay tolls. The tolls that drivers owe are not being forgiven.
The Illinois Tollway has proposed adding tolls along part of Interstate 80 and using the toll revenue to improve the interstate. The Illinois Department of Transportation has said it might not have the money for such improvements for 20 years, said Bob Schillerstrom, Illinois Tollway Board of Directors chairman, at Monday's Joliet City Council meeting.
The Virginia Department of Transportation revised its algorithm, resulting in lower rush-hour tolls for solo drivers taking Interstate 66 within the Capital Beltway. Future adjustments are planned, although prices are still likely to reach high levels at times of peak demand, said David Caudill of VDOT.
The US Transportation Department said recently that it will make no assumptions that commercial trucks will have human drivers, and some observers are estimating that driverless semitrailers could be in operation in two years. The vehicles could reduce the costs of long-haul shipping by an estimated 40%, but some groups have raised safety-related concerns.
Indonesian state-owned lender Bank Mandiri is lending money to state-owned construction firm PT Hutama Karya for the construction of a 115-mile toll road. The road is meant to improve the transportation of goods and services between Terbanggi Besar and Kayu Agung.
About 5.8 million toll transactions took place between Dec. 4 and Aug. 31 for drivers on Interstate 66 in Virginia, state data show. Virginia appears to have imposed $3 million in administrative fees and court costs, the data indicate.
Pennsylvania state lawmakers have voted in favor of a five-year test project that would allow the installation of electronic speed-monitoring equipment in construction zones. Vehicles traveling more than 11 mph over the speed limit would receive warnings and fines, and the editorial board of Lancaster's LNP newspaper supports the move.
As part of a partnership between IBM and Fluor, IBM's supercomputer Watson will provide doctorlike risk analyses and help automate delegation of materials and labor for multibillion-dollar construction projects. "Think of it as a living and breathing system," says Sai Yadati, a partner at IBM Global Business Services.
John Boozman, R-Ark., says the passage of the America's Water Infrastructure Act represents an important step toward improving the nation's water infrastructure and modernizing our aging water systems. The bipartisan bill, which has been endorsed by the American Society of Civil Engineers, helps underserved areas by widening access to certain financing options and taking away high application fees that make it tougher for smaller communities to get the funding they need.
"My hope as president is to leave the Society even better than it is today," said Robin Kemper, P.E., LEED AP, F.SEI, F.ASCE, upon her induction Sunday as ASCE's 2019 president at the Society's annual business meeting during the ASCE 2018 Convention in Denver. Get to know Kemper in a biographical video shown at the event.
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