Daily News Briefs, April 2, 2020

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COVID-19 Emergency Revives Talk of Massive Transportation Infrastructure Spending

The New York Times reports the good news that US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Trump administration are behind the concept of forging a fourth COVID-19 relief bill that funds billions of dollars in transportation infrastructure projects and puts workers back on the job.

The Washington Post has the less-good news that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wants to move slowly on the proposal because, “We do have to be mindful of how to pay for it.” (The Post also covers the push for new infrastructure spending.)

Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Safety (Includes COVID-19 Impacts) Infrastructure Investment Trends Trump Administration Infrastructure Plan US Gov't Transportation Funding


Ohio Turnpike Worker with COVID-19 Has Recovered. Cash Collection Continues at 10 Exits.

The Vindicator reports, “The Ohio Turnpike employee who contracted COVID-19 has recovered and is planning to return to work, the Ohio Turnpike Commission said.” It reportedly advised employees who had contact with the infected worker to self-quarantine and seek medical attention, but none of them has reported symptoms. “The turnpike has continued to modify its operations in recent weeks, but still collects some cash tolls in person at 10 exits,” including the one where the employee who contracted the virus works, according to the newspaper.

Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Safety (Includes COVID-19 Impacts) Ohio Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission Toll Collectors


ARTBA and CISC Release COVID-19 Guidance Materials for Contractors and Workers

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association and the Construction Industry Safety Coalition announced the release of a suite of guidance materials “to assist contractors in safely performing essential construction activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The materials, which are available in English and Spanish, include a ‘toolbox’ training talk, a checklist for safe work practices and a template to help build a prevention, preparedness and response plan they can customize to their individual companies and organizations.”

American Road & Transportation Builders Assoc. (ARTBA) Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Maintenance Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Safety (Includes COVID-19 Impacts)


These are just some of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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