Daily News Briefs, August 16, 2019

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Chris Tomlinson Is Recognized as One of Atlanta's Most Admired CEOs

Atlanta Business Chronicle engages Chris Tomlinson, the executive director of the State Road and Tollway Authority, the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, in a Q&A on leadership, organization management and his recent accomplishments. Mr. Tomlinson was recently named to the newspaper’s list of Atlanta’s most admired CEOs.

Atlanta (GA) Metro Region Georgia Industry Awards & Recognitions State Road and Tollway Authority (Georgia)

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Feds Publish Proposed Changes to Rest Rules for Commercial Truckers

The Hill reports, as expected, USDOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed rule changes that would relax the Hours of Service Regulations intended to prevent sleepy commercial truck drivers from causing accidents. According to the article, the administration believes its five proposed changes (now open to public comment) would give truckers greater flexibility in scheduling or spending mandated rest time. “But some highway safety advocates are concerned the proposed rules could leave truck drivers exhausted on the road,” The Hill notes.

Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) US Department of Transportation (USDOT)

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PA Turnpike Schedules Segment Closures for Bridge Work

Associated Press reports, the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be closed in both directions between the New Stanton and Breezewood interchanges from 11 PM tomorrow through 6 AM Sunday to allow workers “to safely remove the temporary bridge over the turnpike at milepost 110 in Somerset. A new bridge opened to traffic on July 19.”

The Morning Call looks ahead at a Northeast Extension closure the turnpike commission has scheduled for September “as road crews replace a bridge that crosses over Route 309 in South Whitehall Township.”

Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC)

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Durango, Mexico, Toll Plaza Occupation Ends

Mexico News Daily reports, “Communal landowners in Durango have relinquished control of a toll plaza they occupied for a year and a half to demand compensation for the use of their land to construct the Mazatlán-Durango highway.” According to the article, the “liberation” of the toll facility followed the federal government’s promise to satisfy the landowners’ grievance and its Wednesday transfer of 33.5 million pesos (US$1.7 million) to area cooperatives, the first of two compensation installment payments. (Link inserted.)

Autopista Mazatlán-Durango (Mexico) Mexico

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

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