India's government has ruled that mandatory FASTag payments do not violate an individual's right to free movement, stating that FASTag was implemented to ensure seamless traffic movement. Incentives have been given to drivers, FASTag implementation has been timely and vehicles unable to have a tag fitted can still travel along highways, the government added.
The Southern Beltway is scheduled to open to traffic in October, connecting Pittsburgh International Airport to Interstate 79. Once open, drivers will be able to pay via E-ZPass or toll-by-plate, with rates to be determined this summer.
Toll Road Investors Partnership LP II and Shirley Contracting will begin a project to reconfigure an exit ramp on Virginia's Leesburg Bypass. The project, which will also add a third westbound lane between the Dulles Greenway and South King Street interchange, should be completed by May 2022.
A coalition of transportation, engineering and construction companies and groups supported a national vehicle-miles-traveled program in a recent letter to Senate and House committee leaders who are working on transportation legislation. The coalition's stated goal is to "replace all current motor fuel taxes and fees" with a new fee, noting that federal and state fleets offer "an ideal testbed" for a vehicle-miles-traveled program.
Del Sol will be paid $3.83 million on an annualized basis by Vancouver, Wash., under an expansion of the original janitorial services contract worth $1.5 million per year. Federal pandemic funding will cover the increase, which acknowledges extra cleaning Del Sol has taken on during COVID-19.
President Joe Biden's nominee to lead OSHA is Douglas Parker, current chief of California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health. Parker oversaw the development of a statewide emergency temporary COVID-19 standard, while Biden has ordered OSHA to assess the need for a national standard.
A floating-target live-fire exercise last week brought together the littoral combat ship USS Wichita and the Jamaican offshore patrol vessel HMJS Cornwall. Both ships fired hundreds of rounds at a target called the "killer tomato."
The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston launched a Rolling Airframe Missile as part of a test involving all the ship's weaponry. The SeaRAM ship defense system is modeled after the Phalanx weapon system and can fire up to 11 missiles.
Debris found in a main reduction gear lubrication oil strainer marks another setback for the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf, which had previously suffered an oil leak. The ship is back in port, and engineers have offered no estimate of when the problem will be resolved.