Daily News Briefs, August 1, 2019

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MDTA Schedules I-95 Express Lanes Extension Open Houses

The Maryland Transportation Authority has scheduled evening open houses in Nottingham (August 5) and Abingdon (August 7) to update the public on the I-95 Express Toll Lanes Northbound Extension project. MDTA staff will be available for discussion, but there will not be a formal presentation.

I-95 Express Toll Lanes (Maryland) Maryland Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA)


PennDOT Will Place State's First Work-Zone Speed Cameras on I-78

Lehighvalleylive.com reports, a Pennsylvania lawmaker announced that PennDOT will install the state’s first construction-zone speed enforcement cameras along a section of I-78 in Berks County this fall. According to the article, “The Berks County stretch would be one of four automated work zone speed units” in a pilot project authorized by state legislation. “Chad Smith, an engineering project manager with the [Pennsylvania Turnpike], previously said there will be two pilot zones on the turnpike, and two with PennDOT.”

Automated License Plate Recognition Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC)


Opponents of TxDOT's Oak Hill Parkway Plan File Lawsuits

Community Impact Newspaper reports that several environmental and community groups have filed lawsuits challenging TxDOT’s current plans for construction of the Oak Hill Parkway in southwest Austin. In its original form, the project involved a partnership between TxDOT and CTRMA to construct tolled lanes. However, in 2018, TxDOT and the regional MPO decided to pursue a non-tolled expansion of US 290 that has stirred controversy in surrounding neighborhoods and, now, concern about the impact on two endangered species.

Austin (TX) Metro Area Issues of Law Texas Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)


FDOT, CFX and FTE Receive Joint Recognition for Wekiva Parkway Work

“Florida Trend” reports on the IBTTA award for social responsibility bestowed jointly on three toll agencies — the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX), Florida DOT (District Five) and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise — “for their work helping to protect the wildlife and other natural resources surrounding the Wekiva River, a National Wild and Scenic River and Outstanding Florida Waterway, during development of the 25-mile Wekiva Parkway (State Road 429).”

Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) Environmental Protection Policies Procedures And Initiatives Florida Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) IBTTA Industry Awards & Recognitions Orange County FL Metro Area (Orlando)


Trucker Tries to Elude Police after Refusing to Pay WV Turnpike Toll

Associated Press reports, a 37-year-old Alabama truck driver led police on a 20-mile chase after he refused to pay a West Virginia Turnpike toll at a Kanawha County interchange. According to a police report cited by AP, the man told a state trooper dispatched to the interchange that he is a “sovereign citizen,” after which he got back into the truck and drove away with police in close pursuit. They eventually stopped the trucker, who now reportedly faces several charges including including “obstructing,” fleeing in a motor vehicle and refusal to be fingerprinted.

Crime Beat Scofflaws West Virginia West Virginia Parkways Authority (West Virginia Turnpike)


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