Construction of Interstate 95, the US's longest north-south highway, started 61 years ago, and this year, the road will reach its goal: one continuous interstate in excess of 1,900 miles from Miami to Maine. A gap in the roadway on the border between Pennsylvania and New Jersey will finally be closed.
Analysts believe the food shortage at Whole Foods locations is due to a surge in shopper traffic after the company's acquisition by Amazon, but employees blame order-to-shelf, an inventory management system that uses a minimalistic approach. The system works to reduce unnecessary inventory with a goal of freeing up employee time and reducing waste, but its strict procedures are causing stocking issues.
The Delaware attorney general has filed a lawsuit against drugmakers Purdue Pharma and Endo International, wholesale drug distributors McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health, and retailers Walgreens Boots Alliance and CVS Health. The lawsuit claims the companies failed to react to signals in prescriptions of opioids and concealing the risks of opioid abuse.
The transit agency for Ontario, Canada, says ridership tripled on a rail line that runs from the Toronto airport to downtown after the agency decreased fares by more than half. The rail line opened in 2015 and operated at roughly a 50% loss between April 2016 and March 2017.
C-470, a toll road on the west end of Denver, is often congested, and transportation officials propose expanding it to 10 lanes with a mixture of general-purpose lanes and tolled managed lanes. With a price tag of up to $2 billion, the plan also includes expanding Highway 93 and US 6 and adding a lane designed for autonomous vehicles.
A panel has released a plan to impose congestion pricing in Manhattan south of 60th Street using electronic tolling. Trucks would be charged $25.34 to drive to the busiest parts of the city, cars $11.52 and for-hire services such as Uber between $2 and $5 per ride.
The Orange County Transportation Authority in California will soon start construction on a $1.9 billion project to add toll lanes to Interstate 405. The 16-mile expansion is expected to take five years, and when completed, the interstate will be "the freeway of the future."
The Maryland Transportation Authority will soon take design-build bids for a replacement project for the aging Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge, a toll bridge that crosses the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia. The state has appropriated $765 million to the project, and the new bridge will have all-electronic tolling.
Seattle is to begin a pilot project on a per-mile-driven fee, and the rate will be 2.4 cents per mile, although no actual charges will be incurred. The rate is roughly equivalent to the fuel taxes paid by a motorist driving a vehicle that averages 20.5 miles per gallon, and the project will last one year.
A bill proposed by a Virginia state legislator would charge tolls to semitrucks on Interstate 81. The bill's sponsor, Republican Mark Obenshain, said tolls would provide much-needed revenue for the interstate.
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