Daily News Briefs, May 19, 2023

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Lane Construction Selected For South Carolina DOT Bridge Upgrade Project

Lane Construction, the Webuild Group’s US subsidiary, announced that South Carolina DOT awarded it a $96 million contract to replace and upgrade bridges in Kershaw County. The scope of work includes replacing eastbound and westbound I-20 bridges over the Wateree River and an overflow bridge on eastbound I-20; rehabilitating two other overflow bridges; and bringing roadway approaches to the spans up to current design standards. The bridges all date from the 1970s. Lane noted that it already has over a billion dollars worth of active projects in both Carolinas, including the $403 million NC-540 Triangle Expressway extension around Raleigh.

Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Maintenance Lane Construction South Carolina South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Webuild Group (formerly Salini Impregilo)


New York City Congestion Pricing News Roundup

CleanTechnica provides an update on MTA’s congestion pricing program, which is on the verge of receiving final FHWA approval. Reporter Chris Boylan reports that New York City can expect significant traffic and air quality improvements judging by the benefits of London’s experience with a similar downtown road charging scheme.

Streetsblog NYC reports,”The MTA’s big debt problem may be getting a little smaller — thanks in part to congestion pricing, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said [today]. DiNapoli’s annual report on the authority’s massive debt once again forecasted the size of that debt to grow — from $44.3 billion today to $56.7 billion in 2028. Historically, the cost of paying back that debt has fallen on transit riders and their fares. Congestion pricing will shift some of that responsibility to drivers, the report said — heightening the importance of its implementation, which opponents have threatened to sue to delay or even stop.” (TRN inserted one link.)

The New York Times reports, New Jersey’s two United States Senators this week “joined the fight” against the MTA program. Democrat Robert Menendez vowed to introduce legislation “meant to dissuade local officials from carrying on with plans to introduce the program as soon as next spring,” claiming tolls will impose an unfair economic burden on his constituents who are Manhattan commuters. Fellow Democrat Cory Booker joined Menendez in submitting a letter to USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg explaining their “serious concerns” about the program’s environmental assessment and proposed Finding of No Significant Impact.

NBC News New York notes that Menendez’s legislative proposal would reduce or eliminate FHWA funding for New York State projects.

New York Post reports, “The grass is greener in the Garden State? New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy [D] sure wants you to think so! Murphy is taking aim at neighboring Gov. Kathy Hochul over New York’s congestion pricing program — with an ad campaign aimed at wooing Big Apple residents and businesses into relocating to his state. . . .” Electronic billboards near the state border are displaying messages such as, ““PAY A CONGESTION TAX TO SIT IN NYC TRAFFIC? GET OUTTA HERE. Move your business to New Jersey.” New Jersey’s not-for-profit economic development corporation is collaborating with Murphy on the ads.

Company and Agency Financial Issues And Reports Congestion Pricing Environmental Protection Policies Procedures And Initiatives Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New Jersey New York New York City


Ohio Turnpike To Begin Installing New AET System At Vermilion Interchange

The Chronicle-Telegram reports, the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission announced that it will close Toll Plaza 135 (Vermilion) in Lorain County from Monday morning (May 22) until the end of June for toll collection system upgrades. The work involves installation of new electronic tolling hardware, including sensors for weighing and classifying vehicles, and detecting over-height vehicles. “The upgrades are part of the turnpike’s massive construction project updating toll plaza interchanges and the toll collection system, including a new open road tolling system for E-ZPass users.” (TRN inserted a link in quoted text.)

AET (All-Electronic Tolling) ETC Systems Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Maintenance Ohio Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission


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

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