Daily News Briefs, November 21, 2019

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NY State Bridge Project Is Finished Below-Budget and Ahead of Schedule

Times Herald-Record reports, the New York State Bridge Authority announced that its two-year rehabilitation project on the I-84 bridge over Route 9W is finished — ahead of schedule and at a cost $725,000 below the $14.7 million budget. NYSBA commission chair Richard Gerentine attributed the successful outcome to an “aggressive schedule” pursued by the authority and its contractor, A. Servidone Inc. of Castleton-on-Hudson, New York. Said Gerentine, “We were fortunate to have a very good contractor.″ The article notes, NYSBA “considered the project a necessary predicate to its next undertaking, replacing the battered deck on the Newburgh-Beacon’s north span” at an estimated cost of $90 million.

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Two Maryland Lawmakers Propose to Soften Toll Payment Penalties

WTOP reports, Maryland Senate President Pro Tem Kathy Klausmeier (D-Baltimore County) and a House co-sponsor are pushing for legislation to reduce the penalty for late payment of a video toll bill from fifty dollars to five dollars. According to the article, “The bill would also end the policy of suspending registrations until severely late toll debt is paid, but it would still allow the Maryland Transportation Authority to prevent drivers from renewing their registration until the state gets what it is owed.”

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PA Turnpike Vehicle-Deer Collisions Rise to Nearly 40 a Day This Fall

WGAL reports that PennDOT is warning drivers to be especially vigilant for deer on the state’s highways. According to the article, officials say “nearly 40 deer hits” occur each day on the Pennsylvania Turnpike alone and “the top issue being reported to them right now is dead deer along the road as the result of collisions with vehicles.”

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

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