Four US states ponder dedicated truck lanes on interstate

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The state of Indiana is joining Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio in an interstate study that will examine adding truck-only lanes on a 750-mile stretch of the I-70 from Kansas City to the Ohio-West Virginia border.

According to the Indianapolis Star, the study is one of six funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation to find ways to reduce congestion and improve freight delivery across the nation.

The study, to begin within a year, will examine the feasibility and cost of adding two truck lanes in each direction. It will also review the possible implementation of truck tolls for the dedicated lanes, which would be built specifically for commercial trucks, and would be able to handle heavier loads than currently allowed, reports the Star.

Average daily truck traffic on the stretch ranges from 11,000 to a maximum of more than 26,000. By 2035, the average is expected to increase to more than 100,000, including an average of 25,000 trucks.

— from the Indianapolis Star

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