Daily News Briefs, February 26, 2020

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Drone Use, and Its Potential Risks for Golden Gate Bridge Users

San Francisco Chronicle talks with Golden Gate Bridge District CEO Denis Mulligan about the safety risks for vehicles, pedestrians and infrastructure posed by unmanned, camera-equipped, drones. The article looks at federal regulation of drones and the government’s enforcement of flight rules. It also notes that a significant number of people flout the strict limitations on drone use around and above the iconic bridge.

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Emerald Mountain Expressway Reopens in Alabama

WSFA reports, emergency management officials allowed Dozier Road and the Emerald Mountain Expressway toll bridge to reopen yesterday at noon. The facilities were closed last week due to Tallapoosa River flooding around Montgomery, Alabama.

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So Far, Winter's Been Kind on NJDOT and NJ Turnpike Budgets

NJ.com reports, “The lack of major snow and ice storms this winter is translating to a big fat ‘ka-ching’ for agencies such as the state Department of Transportation and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority when compared to the same period in 2019.” The article notes that NJTA has spent more on response to weather conditions this winter than it did during the comparable period of last year, but its expenditures are still well under budget.

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

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