Daily News Briefs, September 3, 2019

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Hurricane Dorian Causes Tolling Suspension across Much of Florida

News Service of Florida (via WJCT) reports that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has suspended toll collection on the Florida Turnpike’s main line and many other state highways because of Hurricane Dorian. He also announced that the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) has suspended toll collection on its network of roads.

WFTX has a list of the tollways affected by the suspension.

WPLG reports, “Authorities are closing three service plazas on the Florida Turnpike ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s impending tropical storm-force winds, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. The three service plazas are in West Palm BeachFort Pierce and Fort Drum. The closures affect the service plazas’ convenience store, food plaza and fuel pumps.”

Sun-Sentinel has an early morning update on the strength and predicted path of the storm.

Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) Florida Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) Highway and Bridge Safety

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Erecting Bridge Is No Small Job for RCTC Toll Lanes Contractors

The Press-Enterprise reports, Riverside County, California, Transportation Commission contractors have begun to install 55 huge girders that will support new I-15 toll lanes being built across the Santa Ana River. “The girders are so big they must be hauled by transport trucks that fill up two freeway lanes — in the wee hours of the morning when most people are asleep — for three hours via a 61-mile circuitous trek from Perris to Norco on the 215 and 15 freeways. . . . Justin Wheaton of Skanska-Ames Joint Venture, the project’s design builder, said the structures are believed to be the heaviest girders ever made in California — and nearly the longest.”

California Riverside County (CA) Transportation Commission (RCTC) Skanska

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

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