Daily News Briefs, September 26, 2023

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MassDOT To Host Virtual Presentation On Major Turnpike Interchange Project

Massachusetts DOT will host a virtual public information session and take questions about its pending I-495-I-90 Interchange Improvements project tomorrow evening at 6:00 PM, Patch (Westborough MA) reports. The redesigned turnpike interchange is intended to improve safety and congestion on the heavily traveled route. “According to MassDOT, the reconstruction will ‘replace the interchange, eliminate the old toll booth area and weaving areas, improve ramp spacing, acceleration, and deceleration lanes, and add an auxiliary lane from I-495 northbound to Route 9.’” Four new bridges also are planned. The project will remain in design phase until December 2024, and construction is expected to wrap up in June 2027. See the MassDOT website for meeting details.

TRN noted in May that the $400-million-plus design-build project’s clearing phase was underway.

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Five Pennsylvania Turnpike Plazas Benefit From New Awards For EV Charging

PennDOT announced that seven more locations — including five Pennsylvania Turnpike service plazas — will get upgrades as a result of the latest conditional awards in Round 1 of the federal government’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) funding. Turnpike CEO Mark Compton commented that expanding EV charging capability will help relieve range concerns and also “boost interest in and sales of EVs, hastening Pennsylvania’s sustainability goals.” According to PennDOT, the new, nearly $3.9 million federal investment is part of the $171.5 million the department will receive and distribute for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure over five years. The conditional awards went to Applegreen Electric PA (for the turnpike service plazas), EVgo Services and Francis Energy PA. (A full list of conditional awards to date — including a handful that will not proceed — can be viewed on PennDOT’s NEVI web page.) PennDOT also announced it has scheduled six community engagement events throughout Pennsylvania between October 16 and November 8 to share information about EVs and to gather input from community members on where they’d like to see charging infrastructure developed. A complete schedule of events can be found on the registration page.

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Diplomats, Including Russian And US Envoys, Dodge Payment Of London Congestion Charges

Mirror has an exclusive report that Russia’s embassy owes Transport for London nearly £6 million (US$7.3 million) on account of diplomatic vehicles failing to pay the city’ congestion charges. UK Liberal Democrats are calling on the government to collect the debt and turn the money over to Ukraine as war support. The UK expects foreign diplomats to honor local laws, which means paying the congestion tolls, pursuant to international treaty obligations. However, Russia’s diplomats aren’t alone or even particularly egregious in ignoring toll obligations. According to the newspaper, “The US Embassy had racked up the highest debt at £14.6million for failing to pay the fee. This is followed by the Embassy of Japan at £10million and then the Office of the High Commissioner for India at £8.5million. Russia came sixth in the list.”

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

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