Mixmaster bridge project could cause new traffic headaches in Waterbury

From the Hartford Courant. The Waterbury Mixmaster — as the junction of Route 8 and I-84 is called — will eventually come down, the governor has said. But before it comes down, it must be propped up: The bridges’ concrete decks are cracking, their steel corroded, and the piers that support them are in need […]

FMCSA assigns CSA severity weights to ELD violations

From TransportTopics. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has assigned severity weights to each of about a dozen electronic logging device-related violations that are being recorded on a driver’s or motor carrier’s safety profile score. In a posting earlier this month on the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability website, FMCSA said that any of the ELD-related […]

‘Toll Trolls’ take over capitol as toll debate continues

From NBC Connecticut. Seventy-two “toll trolls” were scattered along the lawn of the Connecticut State Capitol Tuesday morning. The green trolls, each holding a sign resembling an exit on a highway, represented a possible location for a toll along Connecticut highways based on a 3-year-old study commissioned by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The Yankee […]

In Legislature, time’s running out for adoption of fiscal panel’s recommendations

From The Day. With just three weeks left in the legislative session, proponents of a plan for stabilizing the state’s economy say down-to-the-wire budget deliberations will include further consideration of some of their recommendations. But it would appear tax reform is unlikely to move forward. In a meeting Tuesday with The Day’s editorial board, Robert […]

FMCSA grants fuel tank drivers 5-year rest-break exemption

From Transport Topics. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a five-year exemption from the 30-minute rest-break requirement for trucks hauling petroleum products and will allow fuel trucks to operate 12 hours a day without triggering the requirement under certain conditions. FMCSA said that the exemption from the rest-break was granted because fuel-truck drivers “receive […]

Lawmakers still haven’t decided how to tackle Connecticut’s red ink

From CT Mirror. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has been warning legislators since early February that their preliminary budget for the upcoming fiscal year is significantly in deficit. The response he got last week from two budget-writing legislative committees was bipartisan — but less than helpful. The Appropriations Committee failed to meet its deadline to recommend […]

Connecticut Democrats: House will vote on tolls

From CT Post. HARTFORD — Despite Republican opposition, House Democrats see tolls in Connecticut’s near future. Bringing tolls to the state will get a vote in the House before the legislature dismisses May 9, said Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, in a Capitol news conference Tuesday morning. “It is my hope it passes, […]

Federal agencies sign agreement to streamline infrastructure permitting

From Transport Topics. A dozen federal agencies have pledged to streamline environmental permitting for major infrastructure projects, a priority President Donald Trump has pursued since he took office. The leaders of agencies such as the departments of Transportation, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture and Homeland Security, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and […]

Route 5/15 construction to reduce bridge clearance

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing the rehabilitation of Bridge Number 00807 in the Town of Wethersfield commencing on April 1, 2018. This work will result in reduced bridge clearance. Route 15 vertical clearance will be reduced to 13’-4” due to anticipated work. The project consists of the rehabilitation of Bridge No. 00807, which […]

Drug & Alcohol Abuse Awareness for Supervisors

MTAC has scheduled a new training class regarding drug and alcohol abuse awareness for supervisors for May 23, from 9 a.m. to noon. The class will be taught by Kayleigh Ash, owner of Onsite Drug and Alcohol Drugs Services, LLC. Onsite is also a preferred clinic for participants of MTAC’s drug and alcohol testing consortium. […]