Daily News Briefs, March 13, 2020

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MDTA Reports Bay Bridge AET Conversion and Deck Rehab Work Remains on Schedule

The Maryland Transportation Authority announced that the construction work necessary for this summer’s implementation of all-electronic tolling on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is on schedule and about 50% percent complete. MDTA also stated, “With crews this week hitting the 77% mark for concrete pours on the rehabilitation of the Bay Bridge westbound right lane, [MDTA] remains on pace to reopen all lanes by summer 2020. Motorists are reminded to plan ahead and travel off peak to avoid delays as this critical work continues, and be aware that the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, March 13-15, is expected to bring additional traffic to the bridge. . . .”

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

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Virginia DOT Will Reschedule Meeting on 495 Express Lanes Extension

WTOP reports, Virginia DOT cancelled a meeting originally scheduled for last night to give stakeholders a look at the plans for expansion of I-495 express lanes in the area between the Dulles Toll Road and the George Washington Parkway. VDOT said that the meeting will be rescheduled for April and comments and input can be submitted online for inclusion in the project record.

95/395/495 Express Lanes (Metro Washington DC) Express Lanes Transurban Virginia Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Washington (DC) Metro Region

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IBTTA, Following CDC and WHO Guidance, Cancels April Tech Summit

ITSInternational.com reports, “IBTTA has cancelled its Technology Summit, which was scheduled for April 1-4 in San Diego, California. The tolling organisation says it will ‘look to reschedule it for later this year.’” The article adds, “The decision was based on guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organisation regarding the ‘increasing scope of the coronavirus outbreak in the US and around the world.’”

IBTTA posted cancellation information for attendees and exhibitors on its website.

IBTTA

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SANRAL Grants a Nine-Month Extension of ETC's Toll Management Contract

Moneyweb.co.za reports, “Electronic Tolling Company (ETC) has had its contract for the e-toll management of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) extended again [by SANRAL], until the end of the year, as government continues to dither about the future of the controversial scheme. The future of e-tolls is still up in the air despite government assurance in December last year that a decision would be taken at the first cabinet meeting this year.” The article adds that a SANRAL spokesperson today confirmed that the compliance rate for e-toll payment has continued to decline, falling to just 21.33 percent last month.

ETC Systems South Africa South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL)

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

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