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National Coalition for Open Roads Encourages Utah Legislature to Address Road Budget 

Some parts of Utah saw 900 inches of snow this past winter

(Washington DC) A national organization is encouraging Utah lawmakers to reallocate millions of dollars to help state transportation officials deal with the snow removal costs and repairs to roads caused by flooding and landslides.

“We commend Governor Cox for calling for a special session so that legislators can take action to address the needs of the state transportation department. Utah set a new record for snowfall during the 2022-2023 winter season, with one ski resort receiving over 900 inches –

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Former Utah Governor Calls for Drivers to Slow Down

Utah Valley Chamber Joins National Effort for Better Winter Road Safety

(Salt Lake City) Former Utah Governor Gary Herbert and the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce have joined forces with the National Coalition for Open Roads (NCFOR) to encourage safer winter driving by the public and a continued commitment towards winter road maintenance by state, county, and city officials.

“In the past few weeks, we’ve had a driver cited for going 102 miles per hour in winter conditions and at least three state police cars have been hit during recent storms.  Drivers need to slow down. With more snow on the way, let’s be

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Snowplow Drivers in Western States in Short Supply This Year

Recommendations Made to Increase Numbers and Improve Public Safety

(Washington, DC) A national transportation group is warning that Americans across the country will likely face long delays this winter as states struggle to find enough snowplow drivers.

“State transportation officials have repeatedly told us they simply can’t fill many driver positions. In fact, one official recently said he needs 140 new snowplow drivers but due to low wages and other concerns he is having trouble hiring anyone,” said Doug Anderson, the Utah-based incoming chairman of the National Coalition for Open Roads (NCFOR).

The organization

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Bipartisan group announces infrastructure bill agreement reached; measure still needs congressional support

July 5, 2021 – President Joe Biden and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers have forged an agreement on a package that would include $579 billion in new investments for roads and bridges, broadband internet, electric utilities and other items that are considered more traditional infrastructure. The agreement on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework still needs to be considered by both houses of Congress. The plan also includes monies for clean water infrastructure and public transportation systems, and Biden says it was the largest federal investment in public transit in history and

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Senate Committee Unanimously Advances $303.5 Billion Highway Bill

The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee May 26 approved the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act (STRA) of 2021 by a 20-0 vote. The committee agreed to 19 amendments that could achieve unanimous support, though more than 90 were offered. Bipartisan leaders on the committee commended the legislation for balancing local needs with federal priorities.

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