August 10, 2018
Cracks that appeared in the Florida International University (FIU) bridge days before it collapsed were far more extensive than previously disclosed, according to new photographs included in a preliminary report released this week by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
August 07, 2018
Rail-highway crossings present a special set of safety challenges for transportation professionals.
Due to their vastly different mass and maneuverability, motor vehicles and trains have very different operational characteristics. Quite often, an inattentive driver who makes a mistake at an...
August 07, 2018
Countermeasures are used to help makes roads safer by reducing crashes. However, while we often know that they reduce crashes we usually do not know the exact effect they have on driver behavior and how this reduces crashes. However a new data set from the Second Strategic Highway Research Program...
August 02, 2018
Phoenix-area drivers are used to seeing freeway entrance-ramp meters with alternating green and red traffic lights during weekday rush hours. But some of the red lights in I-17 ramp meters also play a role as part of the pilot wrong-way vehicle detection system being tested by the Arizona...
July 24, 2018
Image: Arizona DOT via Arizona Public Media
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is installing dust-detection software along a vulnerable stretch of I-10 to prevent dust-related crashes.
New technology will detect if high amounts of dust particles are in the air that could hamper visibility. It will automatically activate...
July 12, 2018
The West Virginia Turnpike, an 88-mile four-lane toll road including stretches of I-77 and I-64, is a winding and elevated highway through mountainous terrain. There are 116 bridges on the Turnpike, and prior to 2016, the average bridge age was 32 years old. In 2016, the Turnpike commenced a...
July 02, 2018
With continued partisan gridlock in the U.S. Congress, it has been difficult for meaningful federal transportation initiatives to roll forward–and progress is likely to remain stalled until 2019 or later. President Trump admitted as much in a late-March speech when he predicted, “You’ll probably...
June 28, 2018
Image: Village of Long Grove
A box truck crashed into the historic covered bridge in Long Grove, Ill., Wednesday afternoon, just two weeks after the bridge was made a historic landmark.
At 3:54 p.m., the truck struck the top of the covered bridge, according to local reports. The truck was driven by a 30-year-old Chicago man...
June 26, 2018
On April 7, a significant landslide resulted in the closure of Pennsylvania S.R. 30 in Allegheny County. The route is a principal artery to Pittsburgh and supports more than 22,000 vehicles per day. The slide demolished one apartment building, severely damaged another, and impacted a single-family...
June 25, 2018
Idaho officials have decided to replace rather than repair the Cloverdale Road overpass on I-84 near Boise that was damaged during a fiery, seven-vehicle crash that killed four people.
Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) board members on Friday approved spending up to $8 million to replace the...
June 21, 2018
Image: Arizona DOT
A road improvement project along 17 miles of S.R. 88 east of Phoenix is expected to be completed by the end of summer, according to Arizona state officials.
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) said that the $6.5 million project focuses on roads beginning 3 miles east of Apache...
June 20, 2018
Image: Google Street View via The Hour
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) is moving ahead with a $10 million project to raise an I-95 bridge that has been hit several times by trucks due to low clearance.
According to CDOT, the bridge has been struck many times, and it is structurally deficient and functionally...
June 04, 2018
Statistics developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that driver behavior is responsible for 94% of all crashes. The agency and its state counterparts support a variety of programs targeted at changing and improving driver behavior. Areas of focus include...
June 01, 2018
A few ATSSA members, including (from left to right) Cindy Williams, secretary of the Arkansas Chapter of ATSSA and president of Time Striping Inc.; Cody Garner, recipient of The Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program and University of Arkansas student; and Sarah Stillman, president of Creative Design Concepts LLC, met with Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark., pictured far right) during ATSSA’s Fly-In on April 11.
In April of this year, members of the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) gathered in Washington, D.C., for their annual Legislative Briefing & Fly-in. The purpose of this event is for members to discuss the association’s position on transportation policies and to equip members...
June 01, 2018
In the last 20 years in Vancouver, the number of transportation-related fatalities decreased by 40%, despite significant increases in population over this same period (20%). Additionally, between 2011 and 2015, the city of Vancouver had an overall transportation fatality rate of 2.4 fatalities per...
June 01, 2018
Crews using equipment lighting and balloon lights on an Oregon highway construction project.
It should go without saying that every state department of transportation prioritizes safety for its crews as well as for the traveling public when it comes to setting up work zones along any roadway, including making sure that motorists can clearly see where the work zone, crews and equipment are...
June 01, 2018
From 2005 and 2011, the number of U.S. traffic fatalities declined by over 25%, from 43,510 to 32,479.
Most of the drop occurred in 2008 and 2009, which coincided with what has been dubbed the Great Recession, running from December 2007 to June 2009.
Historically, recessions have been...
June 01, 2018
A MnDOT flagger holds up a sign to warn drivers entering the work zone.
The night a minivan barreled through his crew’s work-zone closure is one Erik Shelstad will never forget.
That evening, the experienced Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) operations supervisor was overseeing a mill-and-fill project on a three-lane interstate. Shelstad’s crew had set...
May 30, 2018
The state of Arizona is investing in a potential high-tech solution to instantly alert police and motorists to the presence of a wrong-way driver on a roadway.
The state is the first in the nation to test thermal cameras to combat the rate of wrong-way collisions. The number of Americans killed...
May 25, 2018
The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report on the agency's ongoing investigation of the pedestrian bridge collapse that took place at Florida International Univerisity (FIU) on March 15 in the city of Sweetwater.
According to the report, the 174-ft-long bridge fell...