Land Line Now, April 6, 2021.
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The Eisenhower Tunnel is one of America’s engineering marvels – except for hazmat haulers, who are stuck using a treacherous mountain pass.
I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton
A roadside drug testing program falls short of expectations. Fuel prices dip for the second week in a row. And the curious case of the cow on the concrete.
II. Giving hazmat haulers an easier path
Colorado’s Eisenhower Tunnel is one of America’s great engineering marvels. At least it is for those who can use it. Hazmat haulers are stuck using a treacherous mountain pass instead. Now, a new study takes us one step closer to those trucks using the tunnel. Greg Fulton of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association explains.
III. Will electric trucks pose the same challenges as hazmat?
Electric trucks will pose yet more challenges for the operators of the Eisenhower tunnel – possibly the same challenges hazmat trucks do. Meanwhile, lawmakers try to find a way to pay for roads going forward. We continue our conversation with Greg Fulton.
IV. Bumps in the road for the infrastructure bill
Last week, the president unveiled his new infrastructure plan. But that road – like most roads these days – hasn’t been as smooth as expected. We’ll discuss what bumps have come up along the way.
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- Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, are at the Petro in Effingham, Ill. That’s at Exit 159 off Interstates 70 and 57. You can find upcoming Spirit stops here. Jon also is giving away free protective masks.
- It’s never too late to share your views with lawmakers. You can do that on the Fighting for Truckers website or by calling 202-224-3121.
- If you’ve been hauling COVID-19 vaccines across the country in recent weeks, we want to hear from you for a story we’re working on. Just send an email to LandLineNow@OOIDA.com and we’ll get back to you.
- OOIDA has an online resource to provide access to information needed to operate in the coronavirus pandemic. Click on the COVID-19 menu at the top of the page on the Land Line Media website.
- It’s helpful for our members to keep us apprised of conditions on the roads and any problems they encounter. If you have situations to report call OOIDA at 816-229-5791 or email Questions@OOIDA.com.