Daily News Briefs, May 9, 2022

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I-45 Bridge Deterioration Restricts Truck Access To Galveston

Houston Chronicle reports, moving heavy equipment and cargo loads on and off Galveston Island “is going to be a big problem for a few months” following TxDOT’s discovery of some damaged  beams on a major I-45 bridge. The department will expedite ongoing corridor rehabilitation work, but, in the meantime, it has been forced to detour some northbound overweight trucks onto the interstate’s southbound side, a move that contributed to significant weekend traffic jams.

The Daily News reports, Galveston County waived toll collection on the San Luis Pass Toll Bridge, an alternate to I-45, over the weekend in an attempt to ease congestion.

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USDOT Outlines FY 2023 Spending Goals In Congressional Testimony

AASHTO Journal reports, “U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg . . . sketched out his agency’s ‘top priorities’ in relation to proposed fiscal year 2023 spending in testimony before two different Senate committees over the past two weeks.” He identified highway safety improvement as the number one priority. Distributing $4 billion in RAISE and Mega grants was one of seven other specific spending goals Buttigieg outlined. He told the Appropriations Committee USDOT’s proposed FY 2023 budget “includes $36.8 billion in advance appropriations provided by the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act . . . , which should further help his department achieve its top near-term priorities.”

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SunTrax Founders Expect Their Collaboration To Accelerate Transportation R&D

“Inside Unmanned Systems,” a drone industry journal, reports in-depth on the SunTrax research and testing facility, which it characterizes as a “$150 million bet on Central Florida emerging as a cutting-edge, economy-energizing site private companies can use for testing and verification of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technology.” SunTrax is made possible by an alliance of Florida transportation, economic development and academic entities that expect to accelerate transportation systems innovation by combining their separate expertise and resources.

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

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