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Georgia governor port plan includes ‘truck-only’ lanes

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ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said he state is planning to invest in a second inland container port facility and build “truck-only” lanes on Interstate 16 out of the port of Savannah in a bid to relieve traffic congestion and improve highway safety.

Deal reveal his intentions during a speech at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) annual meeting in here late last month, according to a report in the AASHTO Journal.

“We have a good port in Savannah – the second busiest port along the entire Atlantic seaboard,” Deal said.  “That’s good but also bad because it creates traffic problems. I don’t mean to step on toes in the trucking business, but those trucks [hauling freight containers to and from the port] are always a concern to the driving public in smaller vehicles. So as the port grows, the number of trucks and containers grow as well.”

To help relieve that congestion on Interstate 75 caused by freight-hauling trucks, Deal said he helped cement a deal three years ago involving the Georgia Ports Authority, Murray County and CSX Transportation that led to the construction of an inland port in the northwest corner of Georgia called the Appalachian Regional Port, which services North Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and parts of Kentucky.

Gov. Deal said that inland port – opened earlier this year and one of two in Georgia – “takes 50,000 containers a day off our roadways and will take double that number off our roads in 10 years. Soon, we will announce [construction of] a similar port in northeast Georgia off the I-85 corridor. We are excited about that; it will allow truckers to go to inland terminal and load containers on rail cars that will be transported to our port in Savannah. I think that is the wave of the future.”

Deal added that Georgia is also planning to build a dedicated truck lane on I-16 out of port of Savanah heading north.

“I think that may be the only dedicated truck lane in the country and we’ll be pleased when that comes into the being,” Deal said.

He noted that such highway construction is made possible by a $1 billion transportation-focused tax increase Georgia’s legislature passed in 2015.

“When you are growing rapidly, that puts great pressure on your infrastructure – we were mindful of that,” he said. “So in 2015 we convinced our legislature to revisit the way we pay for infrastructure improvements – because our funding mechanism had not been revisited in about 40 years,” Deal said. “Under our old formula, if you had the road paved in front of your house while you were in high school, you’d be eligible for social security before it was repaved again. “So our consistent and unified effort to educate our legislature helped get a new transportation bill passed in 2015; giving us $1 billion in additional revenue for infrastructure renewal in Georgia. As a result, we’re in the process of getting 11 major projects started for the next decade.”

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said the fact that the state’s Savannah port is the second busiest on the Eastern seaboard is a double-edged sword because the good business creates traffic problems.

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Big rig causes 100-year-old bridge to collapse in North Dakota

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This undated photo provided by Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department shows the overweight semi that caused the collapse of a small, historic bridge near Northwood, N.D. Authorities say the semi, with a trailer load of dry beans, was traveling on the 56-foot-long, restricted-weight bridge over the Goose River Monday. (Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department via AP)

NORTHWOOD, N.D. — Sheriff’s officials say an overweight semitrailer loaded with dried beans caused a more-than-century-old bridge to collapse in North Dakota.

Grand Forks County sheriff’s officials say the bridge over the Goose River near Northwood collapsed Monday afternoon. Photos show the wooden and iron span buckling under the weight of the vehicle. The bridge is partly submerged in the water.

Police said a 2005 Peterbilt semi-truck was driving on the bridge when the structure reportedly crumpled beneath it, causing the trailer to hangover the west abutment.

The 56-foot-long bridge was built in 1906 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It has a 14 ton weight restriction. Sheriff’s officials say the semitrailer was 29 tons over that limit.

The driver, who was not injured, faces an $11,400 overload fine.

Officials say it will cost up to $1 million to replace the bridge.

It was not immediately clear if weight-limit signs were posted, and police said the incident was still under investigation

Northwood is about 200 miles northeast of Bismarck.

 

 

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Women In Trucking names its 2019 top woman-owned businesses

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Angela Eliacostas is the founder and owner of AGT Global Logistics, one of the companies the Women In Trucking Association has named its 2019 Top Women-Owned Businesses in Transportation. (Courtesy: Women in Trucking)

PLOVER, Wisc. —  The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced its annual list of the “Top Woman-Owned Businesses in Transportation.”

The names of the companies being recognized in 2019 were released in the latest edition of Redefining the Road, the official magazine of WIT.

WIT created the list was created to recognize women in leadership and encourage more women to become proactive leaders in their organizations and even start their own businesses, WIT president and CEO Ellen Voie said. The program supports WIT’s overall mission “To encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize the obstacles they face.”

Entrepreneurship is a viable means of economic self-sufficiency, and many women are choosing an enterprise connected to transportation to be part of their career aspirations, according to Brian Everett, publisher of Redefining the Road.

Companies considered for the recognition must meet criteria that includes majority ownership by a woman, financial stability and growth, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. Each company was nominated and chosen based upon business success and accomplishments, including those related to gender diversity.

This year’s list includes companies from a diverse range of business sectors in the commercial freight transportation marketplace, including motor carriers, third-party logistics companies and original equipment manufacturers.

Companies named to the 2019 “Top Woman-Owned Businesses” list and their primary female business owners are:

  • Bennett International Group; Marcia G. Taylor, CEO
  • Kenco Logistics; Jane Kennedy Greene, chairwoman
  • London Auto Truck Center; Donna Childers, vice president
  • Rihm Family Companies; Kari Rihm, president and CEO
  • Veriha Trucking, Inc.; Karen Smerchek, president
  • Rush Trucking Corp.; Andra Rush, CEO
  • Aria Logistics; Arelis Gutierrez, CEO
  • Lodgewood Enterprises; Arlene Gagne, president
  • S-2international, LLC; Jennifer Mead, CEO
  • International Express Trucking; Karen Duff, president and CEO
  • Brenny Transportation, Inc.; Joyce Brenny, CEO and founder
  • Knichel Logistics; Kristy Knichel, CEO
  • Garner Trucking; Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, CEO
  • LYNC Logistics; Cindy Lee, president
  • Ontario Truck Training Academy; Yvette Lagrois, president
  • AGT Global Logistics; Angela Eliacostas, owner and founder
  • Powersource Transportation; (Barb Bakos, president
  • LaunchIt Public Relations; Susan Fall, president
  • United Federal Logistics, Inc.; Jennifer Behnke, president
  • BCP Transportation; Nancy Spelsberg, Ardis Jourdan, Kristie Rozinski
  • Ladybird Logistics Ltd.; Felicia Payin Marfo, managing director
  • DGT Trucking; Donna G. Sleasman, owner
  • RFX Inc.; Kimberly Welby, president and CEO)

These companies will be recognized during a special program at the Women In Trucking Accelerate! Conference & Expo, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 in Dallas. For more information, visit WomenInTrucking.org.

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