Truck tolls on the Illinois Tollway will increase by 40% starting Jan. 1, part of a rate schedule the tollway laid out in 2008 over trucking industry objections.
Under the new schedule, truck tolls will rise an additional 10% in 2016 and another 10% in 2017.
In addition, starting in 2018, tolls for trucks, but not cars, will increase annually by an inflation factor tied to the urban consumer price index.
The tollway consists of the Reagan Memorial Tollway, which carries Interstate 88 traffic; the Veterans Memorial Tollway, carrying I-355; the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, carrying I-90; and the Tri-State Tollway, carrying interstates 94, 294 and 80.
UPS expects to transport more than 4 million return packages in the United States by the end of the first full week of January, the company announced. The company designated Jan. 6, 2015, as UPS National Returns day and is anticipating more than 800,000 return packages by that day alone.
“We have successfully completed two of the three phases of the Peak holiday delivery season,” said Alan Gershenhorn, UPS executive vice president and CCO. “We are now preparing for a surge in volume driven by Returns Week beginning next Monday.”
It will soon be the beginning of the end for a historic bridge spanning the Truckee River in downtown Reno. Crews in January are expected to begin removing utility lines that run through the Virginia Street Bridge, paving the way for the aging structure's demolition and construction of a new bridge.
The bridge, built in 1905, was made famous by divorcees who tossed rings from it into the Truckee when Reno was the world's divorce capital from roughly 1910 to 1970.
Reno still awaits issuance of a federal permit needed to enter the river and begin major demolition of the bridge, but utility work can proceed in the meantime, said Kerri Lanza, an engineering manager for the city.