FHWA awards $1 million grant to Florida truck stop

| Friday, September 02, 2011

Truck parking – or the lack of it – in certain parts of the country is an ongoing struggle for many of the nation’s truck drivers.

However, the Federal Highway Administration is seeking to ease the problem. The agency recently awarded a grant for more than $1 million to a Florida truck stop to add 90 new truck parking spaces at the I-595 Truck Stop in Broward County.

According to a FHWA release, the agency received more than 1,800 applications from every state, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, to support various projects. 

“At a time when states are facing serious budgetary constraints, these grants will help fill a critical need,” Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez stated in the release. “Investments like these are immediate and long-lasting and will help create jobs.”

On Sept. 8, Hope Rivenburg, the widow of slain trucker Jason Rivenburg, is urging the trucking community to again call their lawmakers to urge their support for two Jason’s Law bills for more truck parking. Jason Rivenburg was killed in 2009 after he arrived too early for his delivery and parked at an unlit gas station frequently used by truckers.

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