Daily News Briefs, July 31, 2020

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Newport City Council Lobbies Against Proposed Transfer Of RITBA Bridges To RIDOT

Newport This Week reports, on the Newport City Council’s opposition to an item in the governor’s budget that would transfer control of the Newport Pell, Jamestown, Mt. Hope and Sakonnet River bridges from the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority to RIDOT. “The Newport Bridge is so pivotal to our economy. It is so important to make sure that those bridges are maintained,” said Mayor Jamie Bova, according to the article. “With the transfer of revenue and authority to RIDOT, Bova said, tolls could increase and maintenance could be deferred. ‘Both would lead to the people of Newport unfairly shouldering more of the burden than we should be,’ she said.”

Rhode Island Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA)


VMT Rates Return To Pre-Epidemic Levels In 16 European Countries

ITSInternational.com reports, an INRIX study of vehicle miles traveled data from March through June finds that 16 of 19 European countries analysed “have reached their respective pre-Covid levels of travel,” and “much more travel is happening outside of major metropolitan areas, as people work from home and employment centre activity remains low.” (INRIX’s report, “Understandng the Impact of COVID-19 on European Transportation Trends,” is available for download after registration.)

EU Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Safety (Includes COVID-19 Impacts) INRIX


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