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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Truckers are pushing back against a PennDOT plan to add tolls to nine bridges across the state.

“I live in North Carolina in Durham, but I’m never home. That’s my home,” said trucker Ted Mebane.

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As an interstate trucker, Mebane’s home is his rig, which can often be found traveling up and down I-79.

But if the state begins tolling the roadway, Ted says his GPS will find him ways to circumvent it.

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Truckers are incensed at a PennDOT plan to toll 79 as a way to close a funding gap. The money will replace and widen the I-79 bridge in Bridgeville as well as make the roadway three lanes in each direction between Bridgeville and South Pointe.

Cars would likely pay a buck or two, but trucks could pay as much as $10 for a single pass, and the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association says the industry is already shouldering too much highway funding as is.

“Those truckers are right to speak out. Truckers pay about 40 percent of the costs and taxes in Pennsylvania despite the fact that they only drive about 9 percent of the miles,” said Rebecca Oyler of the truck association.

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But PennDOT says it is in a bind. It says the project is necessary but gas tax revenues have dropped off steeply under COVID. It describes the tolls as a kind of user fee for 79 that will benefit the people who travel it.

“We’ve got to make sure that we have a safe and reliable transportation network that people can travel on — trucks, cars, everybody. So we got to look at new ways to find it,” said PennDOT’s Alexis Campbell.

But the trucking industry says there must be a better way.

“So we would urge a more fair and equitable approach to funding transportation infrastructure and one that doesn’t disproportionately impact or target a specific industry, particularly one like trucking which is so critical to the state’s economy,” Oyler said.

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PennDOT stresses this won’t happen until 2023 at the earliest, and it’ll be subject to public input and public hearings where they’ll likely get an earful from truckers and private citizens alike.

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In one of his recent Instagram posts, The Rock gave his audience an insight into his daughter’s night routine. The video shows him sitting while his daughter serves him Hawaiian Shave Ice.

The caption to this post is both hilarious and heartwarming. Considering his schedule, it’s understandable that he doesn’t get a lot of time to spend with his children. As a result, he thoroughly enjoys letting his children stay awake past their bedtime, while his legs are falling asleep.

What is The Rock currently doing?

Currently, The Rock has been training intensely for his upcoming Superhero movie, Black Adam. The shooting is supposed to begin next month, and he has been hitting the gym as much as possible to get into the Superhero’s form.

He has been posting his workout videos to influence others into embracing the path of fitness. While it’s not possible for everybody to train like him, the videos are good for motivation.

Apart from this, The Rock’s comedy series, Young Rock, launched on NBC. This series is based on his life and involves characters from his childhood, wrestling industry, and family.

Some of the characters from the wrestling industry are Vince McMahon, André the Giant, and Rock’s father and wrestling legend, Rocky Johnson.

On the business side of things, he has been making tremendous progress with his tequila brand – Teremana. He has started global distribution and has been receiving praises about the quality of the product.

The Brahma Bull’s return to the ring

There’s a minimal chance of ‘The Brahma Bull’ returning for the upcoming WrestleMania. One of the reasons is his movie shooting and also that he doesn’t want to commit to a long-term wrestling return.

Johnson believes that if he returns, Vince McMahon will try to keep him for at least two WrestleManias.

‘The Tribal Chief’ believes that The Rock’s appearance during WrestleMania 2023 would do justice to the theme and Rock himself. Given the enormous impact he has in Hollywood, nothing is better than this opportunity for his return.

The Rock hasn’t made a comment about this yet.

Nevertheless, both of them agree that the best person against whom he should return is Roman Reigns.

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