The South Carolina Senate has approved a budget amendment that would allow tolls on Interstate 95, but the measure still must clear both chambers after the budgets are reconciled. Between 65% and 75% of drivers on the road are from out of state, and the money would be used to widen and maintain the highway, according to Sen. Dick Harpootlian, D-Richland, a sponsor of the amendment.
California agencies are starting a $300,000 study to determine the life span of the state's 63-year-old Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Concrete from the upper deck has fallen to the lower deck, and radar will be used to identify cracks and other signs of degradation.
The Washington, D.C., region is expected to experience significant growth in the future, and the Washington Post editorial board supports adding tolled express lanes to the Beltway and Interstate 270 in Maryland to accommodate the growth. Virginia is cited as an example, because the state has successfully used a private company to build and manage toll lanes.
Safety has become a major concern at the Stroud service area on the Turner Turnpike in Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is planning a major overhaul. The current service area will become accessible only to westbound traffic, and a new service area for eastbound traffic is being built in another section of the turnpike.
Rhode Island began collecting tolls on semitrucks last year, and this year those funds will help pay for $715 million in planned infrastructure projects. The 77 projects include a $22 million effort to repair bridges on Interstate 295.
The editorial board of the Leigh Valley Express Times argues that the Pennsylvania legislature has placed an unfair burden on the Pennsylvania Turnpike when it required the turnpike's governing authority to transfer $450 million a year to fund transportation efforts across the state. The move has forced the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to raise tolls by an average of 6% a year, and the board says the state legislature must find a more sustainable solution to transportation funding.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed a bill that increases speeds on the state's turnpikes from 75 to 80 miles per hour. Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol were consulted when the legislation was crafted.
Consulting firm Nelson\Nygaard is completing revisions of a study on congestion pricing in Seattle, but it is unclear when the work will be completed. The city wanted the study updated with new data.
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