Archive for September, 2012


Highway Improvements

Atlanta’s I-285, a perimeter route that has become a legend due to its consistant congestion, will soon be seeing a new technology meant to help move traffic along.

Per The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the speed limit will eventually be raised from 55 mph to 65 mph. The catch is, drivers also will be seeing electronic speed limit signs that will vary depending upon congestion.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will be installing a technology that has been working well in Seattle that will increase or decrease the speed limit displayed by increments of 5 mph based on congestion levels.

They are trying variable speed limits in an attempt to smooth out the flow of traffic and reduce stop-and-go traffic behavior, which can cause accidents.

The construction to install the signs is anticipated to be completed in just a few months.

If the variable speed limit system is seen as a success then it could be expanded to other Atlanta roadways.

Meanwhile, if you’re headed North…and West…

After a three-year-long study, the state of Utah will be permanently setting the speed limit at 80 mph for two sections of Interstate 15.

This decision comes after studying the effects of raising the speed limit 5 mph to 80 mph in areas where it was determined safe to do so, areas of roadway without many curves or mountains and have not had a lot of speed-related accidents in the past, according to published reports.

According to that study, the average speed on those roadways increased only marginally and accidents decreased.

Per published reports, UDOT Director Carlos Braceras said that the agency will be moving to make the higher speed limits permanent on those two sections of roadway within the next couple of months. Also, more 80 mph test areas may be created in the future.

There are currently only two states that have speed limits higher than 75 mph. Those states are Utah and Texas.

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Friday ordered Kansas-based commercial truck company HP Distribution LLP and an affiliated company, HP Distribution LLC, to immediately cease all transportation services based on serious safety violations that posed an imminent hazard to public safety.

FMCSA shut down HP Distribution LLP after a thorough review of the company’s operations that uncovered extensive drivers’ Hours of Service violations.

According to the FMCSA, the basis for determining that the two motor carrier operations pose an imminent hazard to the public is that HP Distribution and HP Distribution currently permit or require drivers who operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce to violate the FMCSA Hours of Service regulations by flagrantly falsifying their record-of-duty status.

The FMCSA told the two carriers in the order that,

You are fully aware of driver violations through your own log checking reports but have taken no discernible steps to stop driver behavior. The evidence demonstrates that you refuse to comply with the Hours of Service regulations and refuse to require drivers to do the same. As a consequence, you dispatch drivers to the highways in a potentially fatigued or excessively fatigued condition and without regard for their or the public’s safety. Your actions substantially increase the likelihood of serious injury or death to drivers who operate commercial motor vehicles for HP Distribution LLP and HP Distribution LLC and to the motoring public.

FMCSA records show that HP Distribution LLP has three BASIC scores above the intervention threshold — Unsafe Driving at 72 percent, Fatigued Driving (Hours of Service) at 87.4 percent and Vehicle Maintenance at 80.2percent.

The records also show that in the past 24 months, HP Distribution LLP has incurred 100 Fatigued Driving violations, including 31 for driver’s record-of-duty status not current and 26 for general log violations.

Twenty six of those violations have resulted in out-of-service orders against the driver.

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85 MPH Coming Soon to Texas?

Truckers and other drivers will soon be able to put the hammer down on one strech of road in the Lone Star State.

Texas will soon open a stretch of highway with the highest speed limit in the country, giving eager drivers a chance to rip through a trip between two of the state’s largest metropolitan areas.

The Texas Transportation Commission has approved a speed limit of 85 mph for a 41-mile toll road several miles east of the increasingly crowded Interstate 35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio.

Austin resident Alan Guckian said:

I would love it. Sometimes it’s fun to just open it up.

But while some drivers will want to test their horsepower and radar detectors, others are asking if safety is taking a backseat.

Russ Rader, a spokesman for the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said:

The research is clear that when speed limits go up, fatalities go up.

He also said higher speed limits get people to their destinations faster,

…but the trade-off is more crashes and more highway deaths.

A 2009 report in the American Journal of Public Health studied traffic fatalities in the U.S. from 1995 to 2005and found that more than 12,500 deaths were attributable to increases in speed limits on all kinds of roads.

The study also said that rural highways showed a 9.1 percent increase in fatalities on roads where speed limits were raised, but did not cite specific numbers in those instances.

Most highways in the U.S. top out at 75 mph, and there are no longer any roads in the U.S. with no speed limit. Some highways in rural West Texas and Utah have 80 mph speed limits.

The Texas Legislature last year approved 85 mph limits for some new stretches of road. The strip of toll road running from Austin to Seguin, about 35 miles northeast of San Antonio, will be the first to allow that speed when it opens in November.

The Texas Transportation Commission, which is appointed by Gov. Rick Perry, approved the 85 mph speed limit at a public meeting on Aug. 30. Commissioners would not comment on their decision.

The state contract with the toll operator allows the state to collect a $67 million up-front cash payment or a percentage of the toll profits in the future if the speed limit is 80 mph or lower. At85 mph, the cash payment balloons to $100 million or a higher percentage of toll revenues.

Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Veronica Beyer says:

We must continue to look for innovative ways to generate revenue and be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.

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Crude Oil Spot Price Rising

The Energy Information Administration of the Department of Energy has projected that the Brent crude oil spot price will average about $103 per barrel during the second half of 2012, about $3.50 per barrel higher than in last month’s Outlook.

The forecast Brent crude oil spot price falls to an average of $100 per barrel in 2013. The projected West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil spot price discount to Brent crude oil narrows from about $14 in the third quarter of 2012 to $9 by late 2013. These price forecasts assume that world oil-consumption-weighted real gross domestic product (GDP), which increased by 3.0 percent in 2011, grows by 2.8 percent in 2012 and 2.9 percent in 2013.

With higher crude oil prices, EIA has increased the average regular gasoline retail price forecast for the third quarter of 2012 to $3.49 per gallon from $3.39 per gallon in last month’s Outlook. EIA expects regular gasoline retail prices, which averaged $3.53 per gallon in 2011, to average $3.53 per gallon in 2012 and $3.33 per gallon in 2013.

EIA expects U.S. total crude oil production to average 6.3 million barrels per day in 2012, an increase of 0.6 million barrels per day from last year, and the highest level of production since 1997. Projected U.S. domestic crude oil production increases to 6.7 million barrels per day in 2013.

As a result of drought conditions affecting corn harvests and prices throughout the Midwest, ethanol production fell from 920 thousand barrels per day for the week ending June 8, 2012 to 809 thousand barrels per day for the week ending July 27, 2012.

EIA has reduced its 2012 ethanol production forecast from 900 thousand barrels per day (13.8 billion gallons) in last month’s Outlook to 870 thousand barrels per day (13.3 billion gallons). EIA expects ethanol production to recover in the second half of 2013, averaging about 880 thousand barrels per day for the year.

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Southaven, MS 38671

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