Daily News Briefs, January 29, 2020

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Chesapeake Bay Bridge Redecking and AET Conversion Will Be Completed by Summer

Capital Gazette reports, with tollbooth removal as a backdrop, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan yesterday announced that the Chesapeake Bay Bridge redecking project “will be completed a year ahead of schedule, with all lanes open and all-electronic tolling open by summer 2020. . . .” Maryland Transportation Authority chief Jim Ports told reporters the cost of expediting the project “is still unknown.”Administration officials reportedly emphasized that the project will improve safety but not eliminate the need for “long-term solutions,” such as a construction of a third span.

AET (All-Electronic Tolling) Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Maintenance Maryland Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA)


Michigan Moves Closer to Obtaining a Toll Feasibility Study

WXYZ reports, the Michigan Senate yesterday approved and sent to the House SB 517, which would require Michigan DOT to hire an outside consulting firm to conduct a toll feasibility study. The article notes that the consultant would be responsible for proposing a toll system implementation plan based on data research and an analysis of the plan’s economic impact. (According to the Michigan Legislature’s website, the bill passed on a vote of 31 to 7.)

MLive.com reports that the study proposal has the support of Michigan DOT. Governor Gretchen Whitmer reportedly says “she’s open to a conversation about tolling, particularly when it comes to bridges.”

Bridge also report on SB 517’s progress.

Michigan Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)


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

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