Daily News Briefs, October 4, 2019

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An Essay on the Pennsylvania Turnpike's "Special Place" in US Infrastructure History

A WESA listener’s question about Pennsylvania Turnpike mile markers launches a retrospective on the highway’s origins in Depression-era America, it’s design and construction challenges, and the role the federal government played in financing. The article notes, “Nowadays, the turnpike may feel like any other roadway, but its then-modern design and innovative approach to vehicular travel give it a special place in American infrastructure history.” Once called the “World’s Greatest Highway,” the turnpike “helped lay the foundation for what would become the federal interstate highway system.”

Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) US Gov't Transportation Funding

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Moose Take New Hampshire's Turnpike to Find Love

InDepthNH.org (via Seacoastonline.com) reports, “A Brake for Moose sign might be needed near the Hooksett toll plaza on Interstate 93 after two recent incidents involving two different behemoths in heavy traffic.” A state conservation officer explains that “this time of year rut-crazed bull moose are looking for love in all the wrong places,” and offers advice for motorists who have an encounter with one of the beasts. They can reportedly reach 6-feet in height and weigh about 700 pounds.

Highway and Bridge Safety New Hampshire New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT)

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

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