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South Carolina to start planning for more interstate lanes



COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina is about to begin planning for more interstate highway lanes in the eastern part of the state.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported the state transportation commission voted Thursday to begin planning to widen parts of Interstate 95 and I-26.

The commission did not discuss a timetable for the expansion, expected to cost $3 billion.

The plan calls for adding an additional lane in each direction for 33 miles between U.S. 17 and the Georgia state line.

It also calls for expanding to three lanes in each direction on I-26 between Columbia and Charleston.

The agency said the I-26 work would cost about $1.8 billion. The I-95 work would cost $1.2 billion.

I-95 has at least six lanes throughout Georgia but narrows to four at the South Carolina line. And I-26 currently has six lanes at the outskirts of Columbia and Charleston but four lanes in between.

Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall said Thursday’s vote will let the agency begin planning.

“We must start today with identifying how to break these corridors into projects that can be advanced as funding becomes available,” she said.

In announcing its decision, DOT cited the critical movement of freight across the state. This freight program is in addition to the agency’s interstate widening program already at work in certain urban areas.

Hall noted trucking is the primary mode of freight movement within the state, and it’s expected to grow by 60 percent over the next two decades.


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Delivering to the Zero G plane



Delivering to the zero g plane

If my bank account didn’t have $0g in it, I’d spend the $5g to ride this baby!

Our friends at the The Trucking Review Channel make a special delivery.

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When you want to work out, but drive a truck all day!



Did you make a New Year’s resolution?  Perhaps this trucker did!  Looks like he has installed an exercise bike in the passenger side of his rig.  We gotta hand it to him, that is dedication!

Courtesy: Crazy Trucks

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Optronics acquires USA Harness, becomes full-line lighting and harness supplier



Optronics acquires usa harness, becomes full-line lighting and harness supplier
Optronics has acquired USA Harness to become one of few manufacturers and suppliers of comprehensive power delivery and lighting solutions for commercial vehicles. (courtesy Optronics International)

TULSA, Okla. — Optronics International, a manufacturer and supplier of heavy-duty LED vehicle lighting, announced it has completed its acquisition of Texas-based USA Harness, Inc. A supplier of trailer harnesses and electronic control systems, USA Harness serves the transportation industry with connection systems including the USA-PLUS Sealed Modular Wiring Harness and the patented USA-PLUS Modular Connection System. The USA-PLUS Modular Connection System has been tested and performed at three times the industry standard.

With the acquisition, Optronics is one of few manufacturers serving the light-, medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicle industry with both lighting and harness technologies.

“In less than a decade, Optronics has dramatically changed the competitive landscape in commercial vehicle lighting with its focus on technological innovation, broader options and greater value, and we’re about to do the same with harnesses,” Brett Johnson, president and CEO of Optronics International, said.

Optronics is a harness manufacturer on three continents. Coupled with this international experience, USA Harness will position Optronics to hit the ground running in North America.

“We have watched Optronics’ exponential growth over the years and have engineered more and more harness systems for use exclusively with their lighting,” said Debby Thompson, interim president of USA Harness. “Though we’ll continue to produce harness systems that interface with all major lighting manufacturers, we’re excited to now be able to offer a fully integrated modular power delivery and lighting solution.”

Optronics is committed to global manufacturing, and according to company officials, the acquisition of USA Harness increases the company’s supply-chain capabilities. “Just like the OEMs we serve, we’re going to manufacture harness and lighting systems wherever it makes the most sense,” Johnson said.

With their blended experience, Optronics and USA Harness will focus on selling integrated modular lighting and harness systems on a global basis. Targeted manufacturers include those making heavy-duty dry van, reefer, tank, car haul and flatbed trailers, as well as those making light- to medium-duty trailers. Heavy-duty truck and body manufacturers will also be a focus, as will heavy-duty off-highway vehicles, armored couriers and other specialized vocational equipment manufacturers.

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