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U.S. 51’s Cairo Bridge to close Aug. 1-31, resulting in 80-mile detour for drivers...

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PADUCAH, Ky. — Beginning at 6:30 a.m. central time on Saturday, Aug. 1, the Cairo Bridge will be closed to all traffic, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). The bridge, located on U.S. 51, spans the Ohio River between Wickliffe, Kentucky, and Cairo, Illinois. In addition to allowing extensive maintenance work along the approach levee on the Kentucky side of the bridge, the closure will accelerate a deck and expansion-joint maintenance project on the bridge itself. Kyle Poat, chief engineer for KYTC’s District 1, said he realizes the closure will be a hardship on commuters, businesses and industries that depend...
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Business associations urge FHWA to keep off-highway food open for truck drivers

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has been asked to help keep off-highway food sources open for truck drivers by a coalition of groups representing cities and communities across America, off-highway food-service businesses including truck stops and travel centers, and blind merchants that manage vending machines at Interstate rest areas. In an April 8 letter to FHWA Administrator Nicole Nason, the coalition noted that off-highway restaurants and food-service operations are struggling to remain open and keep people employed during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to an April 9 release from the coalition, many of these vendors have seen sales drop...
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$5,000 reward offered for information leading to arrest, conviction of suspects recorded stealing auto...

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MIAMI — Everfleet LLC, a national transportation company, is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people captured on surveillance video stealing a $400,000 auto transport tractor-trailer. Investigators believe the suspects might be members of organized crime rings targeting the trucking industry. The incident took place in the early-morning hours of May 29, 2020 at 4850 SW 52nd St. in Davie, Florida, where the truck driver parked the vehicle overnight. A video-surveillance camera onboard Everfleet’s vehicle captured the crime in progress. In the video, a white four-door Jeep Wrangler, which might have been following...
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Regional dairy council, trucking companies deliver more than 200,000 gallons of milk to local...

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — In just three months, Dairy MAX, a nonprofit regional dairy council, and partner trucking companies have distributed more than 200,000 gallons of milk to food banks in a multistate area, according to a statement released July 29. The delivery effort, which began in May, is part of dairy farmers’ collective COVID-19 relief efforts. Dairy MAX represents more than 900 dairy farm families across eight states. As the COVID-19 pandemic increased Americans’ reliance on food banks for survival, dairy farms stepped in to help families in need, providing nutrition, fighting hunger and caring for neighbors. Americans may...
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Neste opens four new renewable diesel fueling stations in California

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HOUSTON — Neste, a leading producer of renewable diesel, has opened four new fueling stations in northern and central California, providing greater accessibility to 100 percent renewable diesel. The fueling stations are open 24/7 and are strategically located near major commercial freight routes in order to accommodate commercial fleet vehicles of all sizes. The new cardlock locations are operated by Jeffries Brothers Petroleum and are located at: Wasco, Calif. – 750 U.S. 46 Wasco, Calif. – 2098 U.S. 46 Buttonwillow, Calif. – 35750 U.S. 58 Shafter, Calif. – 102 South Beech Ave. Each location is regularly supplied with Neste MY Renewable Diesel,...
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Suspend federal excise tax on trucks during pandemic, Democrats ask

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WASHINGTON — Fifty-five Democratic members of the House of Representatives have called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Congressional leaders to temporarily suspend the federal excise tax (FTE) on the sales of heavy-duty trucks and trailers during the COVID-19 crisis. The July 20 letter, signed by Rep. Chris Pappas, D-N.H., noted that the domestic trucking industry had played an important role in ensuring the delivery of vital medical supplies and essential consumer goods nationwide. The names of 54 other members of Congress we listed below that of Pappas. “Like other important industries that employ millions of Americans, the trucking industry has...
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Trucker missing in Mississippi: Police say disappearance is ‘really suspicious’

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GAUTIER, Miss. — Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a truck driver whose 18-wheeler was abandoned at a rest stop on eastbound Interstate 10 in Gautier, according to a statement from the Gautier Police Department (GPD). Dimitri Rai Williams, 47, was last seen parking his 18-wheeler at the rest stop about 6 a.m. Monday, July 27, Interim Police Chief Danny Selover told news outlets on Wednesday, July 29. GPD’s statement noted that Williams pulled into the rest area, followed by a black SUV; Williams exited his truck and got into the passenger side of the SUV. Williams was...
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TravelCenters of America opens first Arizona TA Express

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WHITE HILLS, Ariz. — TravelCenters of America Inc. has opened a new TA Express in White Hills, Arizona, through a franchise agreement with Orly Jackson and Lissette Fernandez. A newly constructed building sits on seven acres of land at 19210 North U.S.93. Amenities at TA Express White Hills include: 67 truck parking spaces; 23 auto parking spaces; Seven diesel fueling lanes with RFID and DEF at all lanes; Conoco gasoline; Eight showers; Travel store; Food options: Krispy Krunchy Chicken, US Subs, on-site deli with freshly prepared food options; Game room; Laundry facilities; Transflo scanning; and CAT Scale (coming soon) “Our TA Express brand has...
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Speed limits could soon rev up on Oklahoma’s rural turnpikes, interstates

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Drivers on some rural roadways in Oklahoma may see increased speed limits in the near future. Following extensive studies by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA), the state has determined that speed limits on portions of rural interstates and turnpikes are due for a tune-up. Recommendations on the changes are now heading to the respective boards of each agency for consideration. The recent passage of Oklahoma HB 1071 set the stage for statewide studies on potential maximum speed limit increases of 75 mph on rural interstates and 80 mph on rural turnpikes....
Love's in Green River Utah

Love’s Travel Stops now open in Wadsworth, Illinois, and Green River, Utah; offer total...

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, a nationwide travel-stop network, is now serving customers in Wadsworth, Illinois, and Green River, Utah, with the July 23 opening of two new locations. The Wadsworth store, located on U.S. Highway 41, adds 75 jobs and 107 truck parking spaces to Lake County, Illinois. The Green River store, located off U.S. Highway 191, adds 55 jobs and 80 truck parking spaces to Emery County, Utah. “Opening our 22nd location in Illinois and our seventh location in Utah is something we’re excited about,” said Tom Love, founder and executive chairman of Love’s. “We...
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Truckers Against Trafficking training leads to suspect’s arrest on felony child sex abuse charges

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Through a combined effort of multiple agencies and training provided by Truckers Against Trafficking, the Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) was able to apprehend a suspect wanted for felony charges of child sexual abuse, according to a statement released by the highway patrol August 4. On June 18, WHP troopers were notified of a possible victim of human trafficking by officials from the Colorado Port of Entry. The initial clues were observed by a Colorado Port of Entry officer while inspecting a commercial vehicle. The officer, who recently completed in-depth training provided by Truckers Against Trafficking, became suspicious after...
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FMCSA extends CDL, CLP, medical certification waiver through Sept. 30

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In another action related to the national emergency declared by President Donald Trump on March 13, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended a temporary waiver of enforcement of regulations that deal with expired CDLs and medical certifications. Under the waiver, holders of commercial Driver’s licenses (CDLs), commercial learner’s permits (CLPs) and other operators of commercial vehicles in interstate commerce with expiration dates after March 1, 2020, may continue to operate without renewing their licenses until Sept. 30. Further, drivers with DOT medical certifications of at least 90 days that expire after March 1, 2020, may continue to operate...
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NATSO encourages travel plazas, truck stops to require masks and starting this week, several...

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Last week NATSO, an organization representing the truck stops and travel plazas, encouraged truck stops and travel plazas nationwide to adopt a policy requiring customers to wear face coverings or masks to protect the health and safety of employees and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Love’s Travel Stops was the first large truck-stop chain to mandate face coverings. This policy will go into effect on July 29. Pilot Co. and Travel Centers of America followed suit with mask requirements also beginning this week. NATSO said in a news release that the differing mask requirements from one locality to...
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Love’s offers new store-brand candy, water options for truckers, other travelers

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores now has more snack and drink options available for customers with the expansion of its Love’s-brand product line. New candy and water options are now available. “We listen to what our customers want, and what they want is superior products at competitive prices,” said Mark Romig, director of merchandising for Love’s. “Based off customer feedback, we’ve added new candy options this year and removed two that didn’t resonate. We’ll continue to introduce new products to keep our shelves stocked to get our customers back on the road quickly.” Love’s Travel Snacks launched...
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TruckPark, DAT Solutions team up to help drivers easily find, reserve safe parking spaces

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CHICAGO and PORTLAND, Ore. — Drivers using the new DAT One mobile app now have a quick and easy way to find and reserve safe, secure truck parking, thanks to a partnership between TruckPark, a truck-parking and travel-guidance service, and DAT Solutions, a leading online freight marketplace. As almost any over-the-road driver knows, finding secure overnight parking when — and where — it’s needed is a chronic point of frustration. All too often, as drivers approach their daily mandated limit of 11 hours of driving, they waste precious time and fuel trying to locate an available parking spot. “DAT is dedicated...
801 Indiana Crash

Driver facing felony charges in Indiana crash that killed 4 children declared ‘imminent hazard’...

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CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind., and EATON, Ohio — A truck driver who was charged with multiple felonies related to a July 9 accident in Wayne County, Indiana, that resulted in the death of four children has been arrested on separate charges in Preble County, Ohio, according to county records. In addition, the driver has been declared an “imminent hazard to public safety” by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). A July 14 report by Ohio news outlet WHIO noted that Corey Withrow, 31, of Camden, Ohio, was arrested July 14 and charged with violating terms of probation related to a...
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ATA takes annual management conference to virtual format

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has officially decided to make this year’s annual Management Conference & Exhibition a virtual event to be held Oct. 24-27. The event, originally scheduled for October in Denver, Colorado, was changed to a virtual setting by a unanimous decision by ATA officers. “We have been working closely with the Gaylord Rockies Resort to ensure our attendees would be safe, in addition to having an exceptional experience and meeting,” ATA President Chris Spear wrote in a letter to members and vendors. “Unfortunately, the state of Colorado and the City of Aurora have recently put additional...
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Truckers see escalation, results during 13th day of Washington protest

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WASHINGTON — After an eventful day in Washington May 13, small trucking businesses protesters came a very large step closer to achieving the goals of their cause as their protest now nearing its third week. President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows spoke to the group for nearly 15 minutes, assuring them that Trump is aware of their cause and is listening as the nearly 150 assembled truckers voice their concerns. “The president has heard you, and he wants us to get something done,” Meadows told the group. One major accomplishment, whether intended or not, is that the protest group...
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Southern California carrier ordered to reinstate employee fired for refusing overweight load

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SAN FRANSISCO — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on July 15 ordered JHOS Logistics and Transportation Inc. to reinstate an employee that was terminated for refusing to drive what the employee believed to be an overweight vehicle at the company’s Wilmington, California facility. OSHA also ordered the company to pay more than $190,000 in back wages, $25,000 in punitive damages, $5,000 in compensatory damages and attorney’s fees. OSHA investigators determined that JHOS Logistics and Transportation Inc. violated the whistleblower provision of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) when the company terminated the driver. Two months before...
Belton Bridge Montana

Montana works to update bridge load ratings across state to ensure safety

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HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) has begun implementation of new load posting procedures on public bridges across the state as mandated by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). As a result, motorists may soon start to notice new weight limits and signs on some bridges. The postings are part of recently updated federal requirements for bridge load rating and posting. Bridge weight restrictions are required when the engineering analysis of a bridge, known as a load rating, indicates that the structure cannot carry standard, legal loads. Load ratings provide information about how much distributed weight can safely...