Daily News Brief, July 13, 2016

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Memo to MoPac Express Drivers: Get TxTag.

KEYE-TV News (Austin) reports, “Drivers expecting to take the MoPac express lanes might want to sign up for a TXTag to not only pay less, but also to see how much they’re paying. The first MoPac express lane . . . could open sometime in August. Signs are already in place. . . .” The signs will display the variable toll rate for TxTag holders as it fluctuates, but motorists choosing the pay-by-mail option will only receive notice that “HIGHER RATES APPLY.”



CDOT Starts to Collect Tolls on North I-25 Express Lanes

KUSA-TV News (Denver) reports that toll collection started yesterday, July 12, on the North I-25 express lanes that CDOT opened last March. A base toll rate for ExpressToll account holders of $1 to $3 applies. License Plate Toll rates run $3 to $6. Denver Business Journal also report.



HCTRA Set to Convert Hardy Toll Road to AET

Houston Chronicle reports on HCTRA’s planned weekend closure of the Hardy Toll Road starting on July 15 to complete the final stage of the highway’s conversion to all-electronic tolling. “During the closing, crews will demolish the toll plazas and replace everything with automated toll gantries. Once the Hardy reopens, vehicles must have a transponder such as an EZ TAG or TxTag.”



County Commissioners Advance $105 Million Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor

The Courier-News (Elgin, IL) reports, “The first phase of construction of the $105 million Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor project is moving along as Kane County begins putting together the financial infrastructure. Board members voted to authorize the creation of funds needed to ‘properly budget, forecast and account for bond proceeds and debt service of the anticipated Longmeadow bond issue,’ according to county documents.”



Deck Hole Fix Forces Overnight Closure of San Mateo Bridge Lanes

NBC News San Francisco Bay Area reports that Caltrans is closing two westbound lanes of the fifty-year-old San Mateo-Hayward toll bridge over five successive nights to repair permanently a hole discovered in the bridge deck last month. KTVU News reports that the bay was visible through the three-foot hole before it was temporarily patched.



FDOT Taps Skanska USA for New Pensacola Bridge

Pensacola News Journal reports, “A Florida Department of Transportation selection committee has officially selected Skanska USA Civil Southeast as the firm to design and build the new Pensacola Bay Bridge, after the firm was scored as the apparent winner of the bid process last week.” [Link added.]