Daily News Briefs, June 3, 2021

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Joe Waggoner Plans To Retire, And THEA Begins The Search For A New CEO

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) announced that Joe Waggoner, its executive director and CEO, intends to retire in February 2022. The authority’s board accepted the news with regret “and with gratitude for Waggoner’s 14 years of remarkable service to the agency.” The board said Waggoner “has built a legacy of organizational leadership, fiscal acumen, and innovation throughout his distinguished career.” THEA has started a search for Waggoner’s successor. We will search far and wide for his successor and I am confident because of Joe’s success, we will attract many candidates that want to lead our team of exceptional professionals and continue the momentum he has created in Tampa.”

Tampa Bay Business Journal reports on Waggoner’s retirement annoucement.

Appointments, Promotions and Retirements Florida Tampa Bay-Hillsborough County, FL, Metro Area Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA)

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Illinois Lawmakers Seek New Uses For Land Surplus To Tollway And IDOT Needs

Daily Herald reports, the disposition of 1,100 state-owned acres purchased for an abandoned highway project  is likely to be studied by a “Route 53 Task Force” set up in Illinois legislation (HJR 0006) that awaits the governor’s signature. The group composed of state and local officials would study alternative uses of the property that was purchased over a period of years for a controversial proposal to lengthen an existing state highway. The Illinois Tollway Authority shelved the project in 2019 because of a lack of local support. Purchasing rights-of-way cost the state over $54 million.

Illinois Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (IL Tollway)

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New Jersey Transportation Agencies Stage Disaster Evacuation Drill

The Press of Atlantic City reports, New Jersey DOT is holding an emergency evacuation exercise today in cooperation with the NJ Turnpike Authority, the South Jersey Transportation Authority and the state police. According to NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, the state holds an annual drill “to practice a worst-case scenario in which New Jersey shore communities would need to be evacuated in a short period of time due to a hurricane or other natural disaster. This gives [staff of the four agencies] an opportunity to test our plans and make sure our emergency personnel are able to quickly and efficiently get people out of harm’s way.” No roads will be closed during the exercise.

Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) New Jersey New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA)

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

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