Daily News Briefs, April 3, 2024

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Repaving And Bridge Replacement Projects Get Underway On NY Thruway

WNYT reports, a $19 million project has begun to repave and make other improvements to a 40-mile stretch of I-90 between New York State Thruway Exits 25 and 26. This section of roadway serves about 40,000 drivers per day. Work is scheduled for completion in spring 2025.

SILive.com reports on three separate Thruway projects, all of which are scheduled for completion this fall:

  • A $21.3 million project “for full and partial depth repairs, along with pavement resurfacing on a 15.5-mile section of I-87” between Exits 19 and 20.
  • A $5 million project to replace the Schepps Corners Road bridge in Onondaga County “with a modern structure featuring numerous safety upgrades and an increased vertical clearance.” The project also entails environmental improvements and erosion control.
  • A $4.4 million project to replace and increase the vertical clearance of the Cauterskill Road Bridge in the Town of Catskill. 
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I-PASS Customers Warned About Persistence Of Phishing Scam

CBS News Chicago reports, although the Illinois Tollway Authority and other government agencies have worked to shut down the website behind a phishing scheme, some I-PASS customers continue to receive text messages regarding bogus toll bills. It’s noted that the perpetrators’ primary objective is to obtain personal financial information, rather than just a few dollars in supposed overdue toll payments.

Late last week, the Illinois Attorney General issued a consumer alert about the toll bill scam and requested that recipients of deceptive text messages file a report with his office. The announcement includes tips for protection against SMS phishing — also called “smishing” — schemes.

AET (All-Electronic Tolling) Crime Beat ETC Systems I-PASS (IL Tollway Authority) Illinois Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (IL Tollway)


Justin Powell Confirmed As South Carolina Transportation Secretary

WBTW reports, the South Carolina Senate voted yesterday to confirm Justin Powell as South Carolina Secretary of Transportation. The state transportation commission nominated him for the post in January, and he began serving last month upon the retirement of Christy Hall, PE. In September 2023, Ms. Hall promoted Powell, then her chief of staff, to the post of SCDOT chief operating officer. His responsibilities included managing the department’s day-to-day operations and leading strategic initiatives, such as preparation of a long-range strategic plan. Earlier in his career, Secretary Powell served as SCDOT deputy secretary for finance and administration and as a local government official in South Carolina and Virginia.

Appointments-Promotions-Retirements South Carolina South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT)


Dominican Government Credits ETC Implementation For Improved Holiday Traffic Flow

DominicanToday.com reports, “The toll booths in the Dominican Republic experienced record levels of traffic during Holy Week, efficiently managing over 1,668,000 vehicles from Monday, March 25, to Sunday, March 31. Unlike previous years, the traffic flowed smoothly without long delays.” The government says last week’s performance was due to a focus on efficiency, particularly its expansion of toll lanes served by the Fast Pass electronic collection system. According to data from RD Vial, the public trust responsible for operating and maintaining the country’s principal highways, transaction volume was highest at four toll points that recently underwent “expansion and digital transformation processes to enhance service efficiency.”

As recently as February, RD Vial announced progress in the integration of Fast Pass at several toll points.

Dominican Republic ETC Systems


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

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