Several States Considering Truck-Only Lanes

In hopes of reducing congestion and improving goods movement, state transportation officials want to create interstate lanes specifically for trucks.

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July 24, 2007, 9:00 AM PDT

By Christian Madera @

"With truck traffic rising, at least nine states, including Ohio, are considering proposals to separate big rigs from cars on interstate highways, hoping to reduce congestion, improve safety and increase commerce by moving goods faster.

The highways are heavily traveled and are being used increasingly to carry passengers and freight through big cities of the industrial Midwest and booming communities in the Sun Belt.

Ohio, Nevada and other states want to build or designate truck-only lanes on various stretches of interstate highways, though they're not yet sure how they would pay for them. Tolls are one option; public-private partnerships another. In Indiana last year, state lawmakers approved a lease of a toll road to a private company, Cintra, based in Spain."

Monday, July 23, 2007 in Chillicothe Gazette

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