Daily News Briefs, January 17, 2022

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Florida DOT's I-4 Express Won't Be Open To Heavy Trucks Or Cars Towing Trailers Or Boats

“Land Line” Magazine, in a report on the expected opening of Florida DOT’s I-4 Express lanes, notes that they will not be accessible by trucks with three or more axles or passenger vehicles towing a trailer or boat. FDOT reportedly maintains that the limitation “can help reduce motorists’ anxiety and shorten incident clearance time.” The electronically tolled managed lanes, built as part of the $2.3-billion I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project, are scheduled to open early this year.

Express Lanes Florida Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project (FL) Orange County FL Metro Area (Orlando)

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Minnesota Business Reopens Tolled Ice Road To Bypass Canadian Highways

Grand Forks Herald reports, the the Northwest Angle, a sliver of Minnesota bordered on three sides by Canada, is usually accessible by car only through Manitoba. However, for a second year in a row, a local business has opened and is maintaining a 37-mile-long tolled ice road across the frozen Lake of the Woods that allows motorists to reach the Angle without crossing the Canadian border and submitting to Canada’s COVID-19 regimen. The article looks at the costs of using ($250 for a round trip, $650 for a seasonal pass) and maintaining the road, and fee collection.

Minnesota Public Radio also covers this story.

Canada Highway and Bridge Maintenance Manitoba Minnesota

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

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