Daily News Briefs, September 8, 2021

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Private Developer Airs Proposal To Build Louisiana Toll Bridge

KTAL-KMSS News reports, yesterday, officials got a preliminary look at the “master plans” for a proposed road and toll bridge that would span the Red River and connect the Louisiana parishes of Caddo and Bossier. Alabama-based infrastructure development firm Tim James, Inc., announced last month that it will seek approval to finance and build the private, for-profit facility. An attorney told Caddo commissioners the firm is seeking to enter into a “Cooperative Endeavor Agreement” with local agencies so that project planning can advance. He is scheduled to make a full presentation at tomorrow’s regular session of the parish commission.

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Report: House Republicans Are Under Pressure To Reject The Bipartisan Transportation Bill

CNN reports, “House Republicans could face increased pressure to vote against a bipartisan infrastructure package when they return to Washington later this month with outside groups and conservatives already ramping up the campaign against a $1.2 trillion package they say would be akin to writing Democrats a blank check to restructure the social safety net. The dynamic in the House is far different than the one in the Senate just last month when 19 Republicans — including the Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — voted to pass [the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act].”

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Major Metro Pacific Tollways Project Nears Substantial Completion

The Manila Times reports, the 30 billion PHP (619 million USD) Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) project is on track for substantial completion in December and opening in the first quarter of 2022. The gap in the deck of the facility’s cable-stayed bridge over the Mactan Channel is down to just 11 meters, according to the development company, a Metro Pacific Tollways subsidiary. The expressway will have an all-electronic toll collection system to serve a projected volume of 50,000 vehicles per day.

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Miles The Moose's Swan Song

Foster’s Daily Democrat reports on the end of another toll industry tradition. It seems Miles has made his final Labor Day stand at the Maine Turnpike’s York toll plaza. For 21 years, he (and Clawdette the Lobster) entertained and handed gifts to motorists waiting to pass through the plaza on their journeys home from Vacationland. This past Monday, Miles was portrayed by MTA employee Alex Martin, who said, “I have done it a few times. I act goofy and the kids love it. Parents say thank you. Traffic is hard.”

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

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