Hasbro is working with more container lines and ports and importing toys earlier this year to avoid congestion in the second half of the year that could lead to delays and shortages this holiday season, the company said. CEO Brian Goldner predicts continuing strong demand for toys, despite price increases set to take effect later in the year to offset higher shipping costs.
The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold a critical vote Wednesday on the unsolicited proposal to replace the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge in Wilmington, N.C. The North Carolina Department of Transportation has said that they will not move forward with it if the WMPO doesn't agree.
Data from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey shows that traffic is returning to pre-pandemic levels across New York City. The MTA tallied 27.9 million vehicles using nine tolled crossings last month, the most since October 2019, while Port Authority data shows 10.1 million trips were taken on its six bridges and tunnels in May, the most since December 2019.
The $450 million project to upgrade or rebuild the New York State Thruway Authority's 27 service areas gets underway this week. Empire State Thruway Partners is overseeing the project, which is funded through a public-private partnership.
Senators working on a bipartisan infrastructure bill failed to reach their goal of finishing Monday and instead got hung up on several snags over which types of projects to fund and how to pay for them. Senators may be called on to work through the weekend to salvage the approximately $1 trillion bill.
Arlington, Va., is testing streetlight sensors in a one-block vicinity to measure their effectiveness in collecting information about traffic and pedestrians. The year-long pilot project will focus on pedestrian safety, with an aim of sharing the results on a public portal this fall.
The US Bank Freight Payment Index reached a record high in the second quarter as freight spending increased 10.1% from the first quarter. Shipment volume increased 6.8% from the year-ago period, with contractions in the Northeast and Midwest.
A shortage of chips is already creating headaches for automakers, but industry experts think a battery shortage could be next. Demand for battery cells will outstrip supply until production capacity has time to expand, notes Yang Hongxin, SVolt Energy Technology Co. chairman.
The John Kilpatrick Turnpike in Oklahoma has completed its conversion to cashless tolling. Cash lanes are no longer operational, with all payments now being made through Pike Pass or by mail using the PlatePay system.
The possibility of adding an exit to Oneida, N.Y., from the New York State Thruway was raised at a recent Oneida Common Council meeting, with the aim of improving city's growth. An interchange in the northern area was originally planned in the 1970s, but was ultimately rejected by the council.