Daily News Briefs, August 14, 2019

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ALDOT: Pausing the Mobile River Bridge Project Is Not an Option

WPMI reports, ALDOT spokesperson Allison Gregg says pausing the I-10 bridge and bayway project is not a current option for the department because of the congestion problems it sees on the horizon. She also notes that ALDOT’s search for funding won’t stop when construction begins. “We are including a ‘buy down clause,’ as part of the contractual agreement [with a P3 entity], which gives ALDOT the opportunity to buy down the toll should funds become available,” Gregg tells WPMI.

Alabama Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) P3

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Op-Ed: It's Time to Reconsider Tolling Two Vital Toronto Parkways

A Toronto Sun op-ed penned by two think tank analysts suggests that city officials reconsider the idea of tolling two parkways, a move the Ontario government stopped them from pursuing in 2016. They see tolling as a congestion relief measure and a way to a shift some maintenance expense from Toronto property tax payers to suburban commuters who benefit from, but don’t pay for the important arteries.

Canada Ontario Toronto Metro Region (GTA)

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Itlay and Atlantia on the First Anniversary of the Morandi Bridge Disaster

The Financial Times looks at Atlantia’s fortunes on the first anniversary of the Genoa tollway bridge collapse that claimed 43 lives. The article notes that “the disaster has become a symbol of the souring relationship between big business and politics under Italy’s populist, anti-establishment government,” but Atlantia has recently benefited from cracks in the government’s ruling coalition.

Reuters reports, Atlantia executives “made an early exit” from today’s official remembrance ceremony for the victims of the Morandi Bridge collapse after relatives told Italy’s prime minister they would leave if the executives stayed.

Atlantia Autostrade per l'Italia Highway and Bridge Safety Italy

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

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