Minnesota’s Riskiest Spans Repaired a Decade After Fatal I-35W Bridge Collapse

Aging bridge in Minnesota An aging bridge in Minnesota. (Matt Zaske)

Minnesota has repaired or replaced about 120 bridges in the past decade as part of a special funding program authorized after an Interstate 35W span plunged into the Mississippi River, killing 13 people and injuring 145 others.

Janet Moore and Maryjo Webster | BStar Tribune (Minneapolis)
July 24, 2017
Government, Fuel

Diesel Rises 1.6¢ to $2.507, Crude Inches Up to $47

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The U.S. average retail price of diesel rose 1.6 cents to $2.507 as crude prices inched up toward $47 a barrel after Saudi Arabia said it would make additional cuts in its own production.

Roger W. Gilroy | Staff Reporter
July 24, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

House Panel Approves Self-Driving Measure That Pre-empts State Regulations

Daimler Future Truck Daimler's Future Truck, an autonomous vehicle, or AV. (Daimler AG)

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection unanimously approved a legislative markup July 19 to advance self-driving vehicle technology. Navigating the autonomous vehicle landscape has been difficult because of the traditional boundaries it breaks.

Ryan McCauley | Government Technology
July 24, 2017
Government, Technology

Capitol Agenda for the Week of July 24: The ELD Implementation Is Happening

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The sky isn't falling, the end isn't near, and the ELD mandate isn't being delayed, no matter what you're read or heard. Here's the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 24, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

Government Watchdog Criticizes FMCSA’s Information Technology Systems

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A government watchdog has issued a searing review of some of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s most critical information technology systems used to monitor the safety of motor carriers.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
July 24, 2017
Government, Business

IMF Sees US Fading as Global Growth Engine

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The world is leaning less on its biggest economy to sustain the global recovery, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Andrew Mayeda | Bloomberg News
July 24, 2017
Government, Business

With Two Industrial Parks on the Horizon, Illinois County Hopes to Adopt Freight Plan

With proposals for two large scale industrial parks in the works — in Crete, Ill. and Elwood, Ill. — Will County officials say they hope their soon-to-be-adopted Community Friendly Freight Mobility Plan will help local leaders minimize the impacts of these sizable projects.

Susan DeMar Lafferty | The Daily Southtown (Tinley Park, Ill.)
July 24, 2017
Government, Business

Port Panama City Moves Forward on New East Terminal

Panama City Port Panama City Port Authority

The Panama City Port Authority on July 20 moved forward with plans for its new East Terminal.

By John Henderson | The News Herald (Panama City, Fla.)
July 24, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Powering Up: Fleets Investing in In-Cab Power for Driver Medical Devices

Schneider driver and his CPAP A Schneider driver shows off a machine he uses to treat sleep apnea. (Mike Roemer)

Over the past five years, Martin Singh, vice president of maintenance and procurement at Trans-System Inc., has seen an increase in the number of drivers in the industry being treated for sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. Those drivers rely on continuous positive airway pressure machines, called CPAPs, that connect to a pump and provide positive flow of air into nasal passages to keep the airway open.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
July 24, 2017
Government, Business

I-15 Express Lanes Project Awarded $152 Million US DOT Loan

The Riverside County Transportation Commission will receive a $152.2 million federal loan to assist with the completion of its Interstate 15 express lanes corridor project, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced July 20.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 21, 2017