Daily News Briefs, August 9, 2019

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A New York County Wants Cuomo Bridge Tolls Discounted for Its Residents

Rockland County Times reports, the Rockland County, New York, Legislature voted unanimously yesterday to urge the New York Thruway’s Mario Cuomo Bridge Toll Advisory Panel to recommend discounted tolls for county residents. “Rockland County has far fewer options when it comes to public transportation and getting into Westchester or New York City for a job or a cultural event,” one lawmaker reportedly said. “That fact must be acknowledged and one way is to provide steeply discounted toll rates to Rockland County bridge users.”

Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge (Tappan Zee Replacement Bridge) New York New York State Thruway Authority


United Bridge Partners Has a P3 Plan for Improving a Michigan City's Bridges

MLive.com provides a backgrounder on United Bridge Partners’ recommendations for rehabilitation or replacement of two Bay City, Michigan, bridges. The city decided earlier this week to begin working out a development agreement with the company. The article notes, “United Bridge Partners removed FIGG Bridge Design from its proposal for [the Bay City project]. The engineering company was deemed partly responsible for a Florida bridge collapse that killed six people.”

FIGG Bridge Michigan P3 & Privatization United Bridge Partners


Former Illinois Tollway CEO Will Lead County Economic Development Organization

Crain’s Chicago Business reports that former Illinois Tollway CEO Greg Bedalov will return to a former job, CEO of a DuPage County, Illinois, economic development organization, next month. Bedalov will replace John Carpenter, who succeeded him in the position in 2015.

Appointments-Promotions-Retirements Chicago Metro Area Illinois Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (IL Tollway)


Natural Gas Leak Temporarily Closes Maine Turnpike Service Plaza

Portland Press Herald reports, a natural gas leak closed the Maine Turnpike’s northbound service plaza in Kennebunk for about two hours yesterday afternoon. Firefighters and utility workers had to block access to the plaza while they turned off the gas supply and located the source of the leak.

Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Safety (Includes COVID-19 Impacts) Maine Maine Turnpike Authority


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

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