Daily News Briefs, August 26, 2020

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Hurricane Brings Tolling To A Temporary Halt Throughout Metro Houston

KTRK reports, tolling has been temporarily suspended throughout metro Houston due to the approach of Hurricane Laura. The Harris County Toll Road Authority and the Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority suspended collection yesterday to facilitate area evacuation. The state’s governor later ordered TxDOT to waive tolls on SH-99, the Grand Parkway. Houstonians have been advised to stay off roads and highways, and a number of detours are in place in anticipation of flooding and other storm impacts.

FreightWaves looks at Laura’s potential to disrupt regional freight flows and the preparations trucking companies, ports and airports are making ahead of the hurricane’s arrival.

The Washington Post reports, “Hurricane Laura is rapidly strengthening and is poised to strike the upper Texas coast and western Louisiana with a ferocity that has not been seen in this region in more than a decade.” The storm is now forecast to reach Category 4 when it makes landfall overnight tonight between Houston and Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority (FBCTRA) Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Houston Grand Parkway Houston Metro Area Texas Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

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CDC Changes Its Stance On Quarantining After Travel

The Washington Post reports, “Since March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days after all international travel, and after domestic travel to states seeing a high rate of coronavirus cases. But the CDC has changed that stance, removing the directions for two-week quarantines from the ‘After You Travel’ section of its coronavirus travel guidance. Instead, they share ‘after-travel’ recommendations based on individual countries.”

New York Post reports, the change in CDC guidance will not affect two-week mandatory quarantines imposed by New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on travelers arriving from COVID-19 hot spots. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated yesterday, “The pandemic is not over.”

Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts)

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

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