The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association's Bill Cramer discusses the significance of the Zero Monument in Washington, D.C., and the military road trip that inspired Dwight Eisenhower to champion the interstate highway network. The monument's 100th anniversary was on July 7.
I-77 Mobility Partners reports that Interstate 77 Express lanes saw a total of 182,000 unique vehicles in the 30 days after the northern section lanes opened. Some 12,500 vehicles used the lanes every weekday and a total of 500,000 trips were taken on the lanes. Construction continues on the toll lanes south of North Carolina's Iredell County.
Union minster Nitin Gadkari said that if people want good roads and good services, they must pay tolls. He said that the Indian government does not have money for roads and the funds collected from tolls can be used to build good roads in hilly and rural areas of the country.
Tolls on Louisiana's Leeville Bridge are back in place. The tolls were temporarily suspended on July 11 due to the evacuation order for Grand Isle ahead of Tropical Storm Barry, according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
The Florida Department of Transportation said work has begun on a project to widen State Road 46 to six lanes. The work is part of the $1.6 billion Wekiva Parkway project.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission on Tuesday approved a 6% increase in toll rates for all users, regardless of how they pay their tolls. Funds raised from tolls are used to pay for transportation projects across the commonwealth and also to maintain the 79-year-old road.
The Alabama Department of Transportation will introduce a $90 monthly pass as part of a larger tolling plan for the future Interstate 10 Bridge and Bayway. Drivers who do not purchase a pass and use the road more than five times per month will receive a 15% discount.
Bob Alger, chairman of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, has called on Congress to restore the Highway Trust Fund in order to provide funding certainty across the infrastructure building sector. Alger championed increasing the gasoline and diesel fuel tax rates, approving a freight-based fee for heavy trucks and establishing a one-time tax on car batteries.
The National Capital Planning Commission raised concerns about the Beltway widening plan, which cuts through protected parkland in the greater Washington, D.C., region and affects 20 acres in three parks. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan proposes adding toll lanes to the widened Beltway and I-270.
Amazon warehouse workers in Shakopee, Minn., went on strike, along with another 2,000 employees at seven sites in Germany who walked off the job, to protest wages and working conditions. Employees and activists are also holding protests on Amazon's Prime Day in various locations throughout the US and Europe.
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