Daily News Briefs, July 3, 2019

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Florida County Leans on Plate Tolling to Relieve Plaza Congestion

WEAR reports on Escambia County, Florida’s, new practice of intermittently directing all drivers, including would-be cash payers, through the toll-by-plate facilities at the Pensacola Beach toll plaza. County commissioners are behind the improvised initiative, which aims to reduce summer weekend traffic congestion but irks some motorists who object to the added cost and inconvenience of paying by mail. WEAR notes that one commissioner plans to introduce a proposal to formalize the initiative.

Escambia County (FL) ETC Systems Florida


First Phase of Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Repair Nears Completion

ConstructionEquipmentGuide.com has an update on the ongoing repair and replacement of expansion joints on the upper deck of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. (Last February, the bridge was briefly closed after concrete chunks fell from a deteriorated joint onto the lower deck roadway.) A Caltrans spokesperson says workers are expected to complete the upper deck work this month and, within the next year, replace 30 joints on the bottom deck “as part of a planned maintenance project funded by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Bay Area Toll Authority (MTC/BATA).”

Bay Area Toll Authority (San Francisco) (BATA) California Caltrans (CA Department of Transportation) Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) San Francisco Bay Area (CA)


Florida Turnpike Emergency Sign Repair Snarls Miami Traffic

Miami Herald reports, “Emergency work on an overhead sign has the Florida Turnpike shut down in both directions between Southwest Eighth Street and State Road 836 (the Dolphin Expressway) as Wednesday morning’s rush hour starts. Predictably, traffic is backed up for miles in each direction.”

Florida Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) Miami-Dade County


Bus Rapid Transit Gets New Supporters in Northern Colorado

Colorado Public Radio reports, there’s a debate going on in northern Colorado over the wisest expenditure of transit funding, and it’s making strange bedfellows. Some former rail advocates are shifting support to alternatives such as “bus rapid transit-style lines” like the Flatiron Flyer, which operates in the HOT lanes on US 36.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Colorado Denver CO Metro Region