Construction Alert – February 22, 2017

Blasting Work to Begin at the I-93 Exit 4 Interchange in Londonderry

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces blasting operations are scheduled to begin at the Exit 4 interchange on Interstate 93 during the week of February 27, 2017.
This work is scheduled to be done during daytime hours between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and will continue for approximately two months. Rolling road blocks will be used as part of the blasting operations. Message boards will notify the travelling public of daily operations.
This work is part of the final I-93 northbound and southbound mainline construction in the Exit 4 area (Londonderry/Derry), as well as ramp construction, the NH Route 102 reconstruction (including the reconstruction of the NH Route 102 Bridge over I-93), and the reconstruction of Pillsbury Road/Ash Street (including the Pillsbury Road/Ash Street Bridge over I-93).

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ATRI updates online idling regulations

Arlington, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) continues to update and maintain a listing of state and local idling regulations on its website by clicking here.  The listing is provided in two forms, an online compendium which provides detailed information and Internet links to each of the 60 state and local regulations which have been identified; and a cab card which provides a consolidated listing of the state and local limits.  The cab card is designed to be downloaded and carried in the glove box of a truck.

The latest update includes two newly enacted regulations.

  1. San Antonio joins the growing number of Texas cities and counties that have implemented a 5 minute idling limit. Exemptions include Hours-of-Service compliance beyond two miles of facilities with available external heat or air connections and trucks with Certified Clean Idle engines.  The new limit went into effect on January 1, 2017 with fines up to $500.
  2. Ann Arbor, Michigan will implement a new 5 minute limit beginning on July 1, 2017. Exemptions will be provided for rest or sleep breaks beyond 25 miles of available truck stop electrification or shore power or when temperatures are less than 32° F or greater than 85° F and a temperature-controlled area is not accessible.  Violations may result in a minimum fine of $500.

ATRI continues to monitor the development of idling regulations across the country and provides the compendium and cab card as a free service to help trucking companies and truck drivers comply with the myriad of state and local idling regulations.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation

Letters to the future


Wendy Parker|February 10, 2017

I recently received a request for what I consider to be one of the most important writing assignments I’ve ever had. I’ve been asked to write a letter to the future. More specifically, 17 years into the future.

There’s a special little baby up in New York City who has parents extra-cool enough to implement the idea of having people who love the little girl most, write a letter on her first birthday, for her to open and read on her 18th birthday.

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Night Closure of Memorial Bridge on February 16

Planned closure of the Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth, NH – Kittery, ME, to all traffic for seven hours on the night of Thursday, February 16 into the early morning hours of Friday, February 17, 2017 for electrical work. Learn More

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PTDI, others: A behind-the-wheel minimum is ‘critical’ for effective training rule

The Professional Truck Driver Institute CDL training organization submitted a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in part echoing the point of view of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and safety advocates on the need for a set minimum number of behind-the-wheel hours to be required for CDL seekers before they take the skills test. OOIDA and the safety groups filed a petition for reconsideration of the Entry Level Driver Training rule in light of its lack of a minimum number of hours early last month.

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