Deutsche Post DHL Group CEO Frank Appel recently told a German newspaper that the company will start informing consumers of precise delivery times via email ahead of delivery and follow up initial communications with a second notice 15 minutes prior to package arrival, based on data gleaned from delivery van GPS tracking. DHL has been testing the service and plans to roll it out by 2020.
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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has started searching for consultants to help with planning and pre-construction work for a new Mississippi River bridge, which will cost about $1 billion and will likely include tolls.
The Pensacola Beach toll system is reverting to two SunPass transponder lanes and two cash toll lanes, with plans to suspend tolls when traffic becomes congested and hazardous to public safety. Escambia County, Fla., commissioners voted to investigate long-term solutions to improve traffic on the bridge.
The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization approved a plan that would allow drivers to drive on the shoulders of Interstate 77 between Exit 19 in Charlotte and Exit 35 in Mooresville when there is congestion, creating an extra non-tolled lane. Cintra, the company building tolled lanes on the affected stretch of road, objected to the plan: "The NCDOT proposal tries to address issues that the express lanes are already visibly improving," said I-77 Express spokesperson Jean Leier.
Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau said she is considering introducing a congestion charge to help reduce traffic and air pollution in the city. A toll road "is one of the measures which we have on the table," she said.
The Wheeling, W.Va., city council is considering options to control traffic on the Wheeling Suspension Bridge, which has been closed to vehicular traffic since June 29, when a bus attempted to cross it. Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott said charging a toll could reduce traffic because GPS systems generally route drivers away from tolled bridges.
The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, which has been closed five nights a week since the end of June, will be open around the clock, seven days a week from July 19 through mid-August. After that, the tunnel will be closed one night a week as work continues on a project to replace the 89-year-old tunnel's concrete roof.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is waiving tolls for drivers who used Interstate 66 toll lanes on early Thursday morning, when signs that should have displayed toll rates were blank. The sign system was down until about 8:15 a.m.
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