Kansas Incident Illustrates Potential Consequences Of Oversized Load Hauling

KVOE reports, Kansas DOT is ready to begin the repair of a State Highway 99 bridge over the Kansas Turnpike that was damaged in February by an over-height commercial truck hauling an excavator. The department had to hire an engineering consultant to determine the scope and expense of repair, now estimated to run about $100,000. Bridge traffic has been restricted to one lane since February. The turnpike segment beneath the bridge will be down to one lane in each direction during the repair project. “There were concerns other bridges in the area were impacted, but [a KDOT engineer] says none of the ones inspected had anywhere near the damage done to the K-99 bridge.”

Trucker Website Promotes Oklahoma Travel App Upgrades

TheTrucker.com touts the Drive Oklahoma mobile app and companion website improvements released recently by Oklahoma DOT and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. New features include “real-time speed data and live traffic-camera views of many Tulsa and Oklahoma City metro locations; “digital message sign information by location;” enhanced data overlays; traffic condition reports from Waze users; and user tutorials.

Colorado Governor Announces Major Transportation Funding Proposal

KUSA reports, Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) and a group of legislators and local officials unveiled a new transportation funding measure yesterday. “It’s projected the bill would create nearly $3.8 billion in revenue from new fees, and allocate nearly $1.5 billion from the general fund and stimulus money, for a total of $5.268 billion in new funding for transportation over the next 10 years. ‘It’s time to finally fix our damn roads, to fix the frustration we see sitting in traffic,” Polis said. “It is so exciting to see an unprecedented coalition saying it’s time to fix our roads. It’s rare to see people of so many different perspectives.”

Governor Polis issued a news release touting the bill and its goals.

“Bay Area Toll Collectors Drive Off Into The Sunset”

San Francisco Chronicle talks with Bay Area toll collectors to get a sense of what they (and motorists) will miss with the passing of an occupation that the newspaper traces to ancient roots. Barbara Quintero, a transit bus driver who used to work the Golden Gate Bridge tollbooths, tells the Chronicle, “Toll collectors were once the sentries of Bay Area roads, but technology made us obsolete.”

Los Angeles Times reports, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a global trend toward more automation of jobs in “every sector, including manufacturing, distribution, transportation, retail, restaurants and many kinds of personal and government services.” The article looks at the impact automation and robotizing is having on workers, including two former Pennsylvania Turnpike toll collectors.

MTA 24-Hour Subway Service Resumes May 17

The New York Times reports, MTA will resume 24-hour subway service on May 17 “after a year of overnight closures, a move critical for night-shift workers and a symbolic boost to a city that takes pride in a transit system that had, until the pandemic, never closed for extended periods.” The expansion of subway operations is part of a general removal of COVID-19 restrictions announced jointly by the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on Monday.

“Mass Transit” magazine notes, “MTA originally made the decision to shut down its subway system for four hours every night last May to allow crews access to clean high-touch surfaces and disinfect vehicles. On Feb. 22, 2021, MTA shrank the shutdown window to two hours every night and extended service until 2:00 a.m. and reopened at 4:00 a.m.”