Smart motorways have been proven to be effective at tackling congestion, with the smart motorway on the M62 in West Yorkshire saving commuters an average of 30 minutes each week. We’ll be starting work on four new smart motorways in the North West over the next 18 months and will do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum, including only closing parts of the motorway overnight when traffic levels are much lower. The North West’s new smart motorway routes will provide over 100 miles of extra lanes benefiting the hundreds of thousands of drivers who use our motorways every day for commuting, business and leisure. Drivers can find out more about the work being carried out to complete the Manchester smart motorway upgrade in a new video:Manchester smart motorway nears completionSmart motorways use the latest technology to monitor traffic levels so that variable speed limits can be automatically set on overhead electronic signs to keep traffic moving at a steady speed.The hard shoulders on each new smart motorway route will be converted into permanent extra lanes and new emergency areas will be created for drivers to use if they break down.New CCTV cameras will also provide 100% coverage of the routes and Highways England will be able to display red Xs on overhead signs to close any lane, allowing its traffic officers and the emergency services to get through.Construction work will begin on a 3-mile stretch of the M62 near junction 12 this summer. Temporary narrow lanes will be introduced to allow contractors to work at the side of the motorway, and a 50mph speed limit will be needed for the safety of drivers and workers.The roadworks will be gradually extended to junction 10 by the autumn and the smart motorway scheme is due to be completed by spring 2020.Variable speed limits will also be introduced between junctions 10 and 18 on the M60 later this summer when the remaining section of the North West’s first smart motorway goes live. The speed limit will remain at 50mph until then while the new technology is being fine-tuned.Overnight resurfacing work will continue into the autumn on parts of the M60 once the smart motorway is operational. This work will take place at night so that the route can remain fully open with no impact on drivers during the day.Other schemes taking place in the North West include a 20-mile-stretch of smart motorway on the M6 in Cheshire where construction work is due to be completed by spring 2019, providing 40 miles of extra lanes for drivers.Work will start in spring 2019 on a 4-mile smart motorway on the M56 near Manchester Airport, and on a 10-mile stretch of smart motorway on the part of the M6 which links the M62 near Warrington to the M58 near Skelmersdale.Finally, a new 19-mile smart motorway will be created over the Pennines on the M62 between Rochdale and Brighouse. The route will link up with other schemes on the M62 to create almost 60 miles of smart motorway between the North West and Yorkshire, with construction work due to start in autumn 2019.Find out more details about driving on a smart motorway.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. Four new smart motorway schemes, worth around £500 million, are due to start construction work within the next 18 months.Contractors for Highways England will begin work on the first one later this summer – on a 9 mile stretch of the M62 which links the M6 near Warrington to the M60 near Eccles.Drivers have already been able to use over 10 miles of extra lanes on the M62 near Rochdale since December last year, and a stretch of smart motorway has also been completed on the M60 near the Trafford Centre.The final temporary narrow lanes were removed earlier this week on the Manchester smart motorway scheme, and more than 200 electronic signs are due to be switched on later this month on a 9 mile stretch of the M60 between Trafford Park and the M62/M66 interchange at Simister Island.Mike Bull, Highways England’s smart motorways programme manager for the North, said:
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Parts of Long Island could receive up to 8 inches of snow Saturday as a second storm this week treks east.In response, the National Weather Service’s Upton office issued a winter storm warning from 7 a.m. Saturday until 1 p.m. Sunday for eastern Suffolk County—meaning there’s a potential for hazardous driving conditions. A winter weather advisory has been issued for western Suffolk. According to the forecast, the East End could see 4-8 inches of snow, and western Suffolk 4-6 inches. There are no advisories active for Nassau County, which could see up to 3 inches of snow. Saturday is expected to be mostly cloudy with a high near 26 and wind chill values in the teens. The mercury will only plunge from there, with forecasters predicting wind chill temperatures in the single digits at night. Snow will develop Saturday morning and continue into the evening, forecasters said. It could cause snow-covered roads and reduced visibility of a mile or less, the NWS said. The agency urged drivers to use caution.The storm is currently navigating the south, where parts of at least nine states have active winter weather alerts. Meteorologists are warning of major travel days for drivers and airline passengers alike. This would be the most significant snowfall of the season on LI.Friday morning’s storm amounted to a dusting across most of the Island except for some eastern Suffolk communities that measured up to 4 inches of snow.The worst weather Long Islanders have had to contend with thus far has been frigid temperatures caused by arctic air flowing through the region.While there’s no snow in Sunday’s forecast (for now), below-freezing temperatures are expected. Maybe the Giants can warm our hearts with a big win against the Packers on Sunday.
Republican senators are asking the Treasury Department for reports on former Vice President Joe Biden’s son.Reuters reports the Republican chairmen of two Senate committees sent a letter to the Treasury Department requesting reports of fraud or money laundering in the business dealings between Hunter Biden and a Ukraine energy firm.It is unclear at this time if any such reports exist.The request comes as Republicans look for ways to defend President Trump against a Democrat-led impeachment inquiry.This story is developing.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport — 100 firearms recoveredOrlando International Airport — 96 firearms recoveredTampa International — 87 firearms recoveredThe continued increase in the number of firearms that travelers bring to airport checkpoints is deeply troubling,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said.If travelers are not safely traveling with their guns they can be arrested and face civil penalties.Check out this video by the TSA explaining tips on traveling with a gun: Many Americans were traveling with heat in 2019. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) more guns were confiscated in the United States last year than ever before in the agency’s history.The TSA reports 4,432 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags or on passengers at checkpoints in 2019—87% of which were loaded.In Florida,the TSA recovered a total of 283 firearms:
A possible case of coronavirus here in South Florida recently affected emergency operations at a hospital, according to reports.Workers at Memorial Regional Hospital in Broward allegedly told at least one fire-rescue department not to bring anyone to their emergency room.Dr. Bindu Mayi, an infectious disease specialist and professor of microbiology at Nova Southeastern University, says she had heard about the potential Hollywood case from medical colleagues.“If there is a local case, it is something we [the public] should all be made aware of,” Mayi says. “The absence of information becomes conjecture and that’s a dicey thing. If there is a local case, people who are immune-suppressed may need to be more discerning about not being in large crowds or gathering where don’t know who has been exposed to what.”Memorial Regional Hospital officials would not comment on the status of the woman who arrived last Friday afternoon in their emergency room. Hospital spokeswoman Kerting Baldwin explains, “There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Memorial.”Hollywood Fire Rescue was informed of the situation in the emergency room. “At one point we offered to wear masks, but that was overkill because the patient suspected of coronavirus was already in isolation,” says Patrick Moore, division chief of operations at Hollywood Fire Rescue.Amanda Conwell, a spokesperson for the Pembroke Pines Police Department, says her staff was told for a brief time Friday evening not to transport anyone to Memorial until a proper quarantine was established. She adds that the action was based on information they had and did not indicate that there was a confirmed case within the county.Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Health will not comment on the possible case.State health officials explain they are concerned about creating panic or compromising patient privacy by disclosing too much information. They may use their website to inform the public about pending cases and results.“We’ve kicked it around and bounced it off leadership and we hope to have something soon,” says Brad Dalton, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Health. “You don’t want to scare people, and you want to make sure when information gets out there it’s what does the public the most good.”The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. stood at 12 on Wednesday.Tests were pending on 76 possible coronavirus cases across the country as of Wednesday. The CDC does not indicate where in the United States those tests have been conducted, although at least some of them have come from Florida.A week ago, Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a visit to Boca Raton that all tests for coronavirus in our state were sent to the CDC in Atlanta and had come back negative.South Florida hospitals say that staff from the health department have met with them in order to ensure they are properly screening and preparing for a possible coronavirus case here.Local doctors also believe it is only a matter of time before coronavirus reaches Florida.“We know we are at high risk with international travelers coming to our area,” says Dr. Ivan Gonzalez, a pediatric infectious disease doctor at Jackson Memorial and UM Health. “A lot of this is going to rely on self-reporting — awareness and education are key.”A quarantine station at Miami International Airport that is staffed by the CDC is screening international passengers flying into the region.Florida’s Department of Health says it is unclear when and where tests kits will be widely available in Florida.The virus originated in Wuhan, China. It has spread to 28 countries. There are more than 24,000 confirmed cases in China alone.Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared coronavirus a public health emergency, imposing a mandatory quarantine for any citizen who had traveled to China’s Hubei province during the previous two weeks.In addition, planes carrying U.S. citizens who have recently been in China are only allowed to land at one of 11 designated airports, none of which are in Florida. As of Wednesday, more than 500 people have died as a result of the virus.
Facebook20Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region Olympic National ForestOlympic National Park, Olympic National Forest and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest are experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions. Temperature and precipitation outlooks continue to indicate warm, dry conditions extending through the summer season. This had led to above normal potential for significant fire activity.Federal land managers are monitoring the situation closely and are prepared for an active fire season. There has been close communication and coordination with federal, state, and local resources to ensure prompt response to any reported fires.If conditions continue to worsen, some level of fire restrictions will most likely be implemented. The purpose is to reduce the ignition potential during periods of high fire danger. These restrictions are coordinated amongst land managers to ensure clear communication to park and forest visitors.The public is urged to be aware of the increasing fire danger and take precautions to ensure fire safety. Visitors to national parks and forests should always use caution to prevent human-caused wildfires. To reduce the risk, please consider the following:Fireworks are prohibited on federal public lands.Before going camping, learn of any fire restrictions in place and never leave a campfire unattended. Ensure campfires are completely out before leaving the camping area.If smoking, always dispose of cigarette debris in some type of an ashtray.To report a fire dial 911. Updated fire danger and fire information will be posted on the park and forest websites.How to Extinguish a Campfire: smokeybear.com/Active Fire Information- Incident Information System: inciweb.nwcg.gov/Olympic National Park information: www.nps.gov/olym/Olympic National Forest information: www.fs.usda.gov/olympicMount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest information: www.fs.usda.gov/mbsState and county area burn bans: www.waburnbans.net