Safety

Safety is a top priority with everyone involved in the road- and bridge-building market. The Safety Channel is a reflection of the commitment to reduce injuries and fatalities at the jobsite. Enhancing this section is Roads & Bridges' continued partnership with the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA). ATSSA has represented companies and individuals in the traffic control and roadway safety industry for 35 years. Over 1,800 members provide the majority of safety features, services and materials used on the nation's roadways.

U.S. 60 exit to I-10 in Tempe, Ariz.
News December 13, 2018
Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) efforts that have improved safety on a busy stretch of westbound U.S. 60 in Tempe and advanced a first-in-the-nation system that reduces the risk from wrong-way drivers have been honored by the National Operations Center of Excellence.   The organization...
A three-strip, RoadQuake 2F TPRS array on an exit ramp
Case Studies December 06, 2018
Road-Tech Safety Services Inc., located in Shingle Springs, Calif., about 40 miles east of Sacramento, provides equipment rental and sales, traffic control supplies, and traffic control services to the highway construction industry.   Last summer, Road-Tech provided traffic control services for a...
NYSDOT bringing ITS to Hudson Valley
News November 30, 2018
New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas announced that construction is underway on two projects in the Hudson Valley. The first project will install intelligent transportation system (ITS) equipment on roadways in the Hudson Valley, while the second...
artificial intelligence, traffic management
News November 26, 2018
A partnership between area public safety agencies and startup technology firm Waycare has led to increased safety on a stretch of I-15, the busiest roadway in Las Vegas.   The yearlong crash prevention pilot program between Waycare, a provider of artificial intelligence-based mobility products and...
News November 19, 2018
Safety is always the number one priority on a highway project. TC3 is offering two of the safety courses at no cost through November 2018: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and High-Visibility Garments.   Additionally, with the winter maintenance season right around the corner, TC3 wants to...
work-zone safety
News November 12, 2018
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced their top 10 most-cited safety violations list for fiscal year 2018.   The list covers violations that OSHA issued between Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018, but the data is preliminary. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of...
traffic safety
News November 09, 2018
San Francisco-based Zendrive, an analytics firm, conducted a study dubbed the 2018 Distracted Driving Snapshot, which surveyed 7.1 billion miles and 4.5 million drivers from December 2017 through February 2018.   The study found that more than 60% of drivers—roughly 69 million—use their phones at...
Skyward sUAS flight safety
Article November 05, 2018
Outfitted with fluorescent vests and hard hats, construction workers enter jobsites alert to the injuries or fatality-causing hazards that surround them, such as falls from heights, electrocution or being struck by objects. In fact, OSHA’s 2015 statistics for casualties reported 937 total deaths in...
NTSB report finds 95% of all 2017 transportation fatalities were highway-related

Image source: NTSB website

News November 02, 2018
Data accumulated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and released this week by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has found that of the 38,958 people who died in transportation-related accidents in calendar 2017, 95% or 37,133 were the result of highway...
Wrong-way driving

Image: Florida State University

News October 29, 2018
Innovative traffic safety research from Florida State University (FSU), incorporating a fascinating mix of engineering and psychology, is being deployed on highways to save lives by targeting a deadly problem: wrong-way driving crashes.   Nationwide, wrong-way crashes kill about 350 people a year...
Peachtree Street accessible work zone demo
Case Studies October 26, 2018
PEDS is an advocacy group that provides, according to their website, “technical expertise, outreach and training that helps make streets safe and inviting places to walk.” Founded 20 years ago in Atlanta, PEDS works with local, regional and state governments, and other advocacy groups to make...
railroad crossing
News October 26, 2018
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced it has committed approximately $700,000 to help Amtrak make safety improvements at the public railroad crossing at Birnie Road in Longmeadow, in the western part of the state.   This funding is expected to cover approximately 90...
Illinois Tollway Ameristar Stalwart Impasse II fencing system
Case Studies October 24, 2018
The Illinois Tollway Highway Authority had 60 critical cell tower sites along its roads that needed to be protected from unwanted intruders and from vehicle impacts.   Gonzalez Companies in Downers Grove, Ill. and Singh & Associates in Chicago researched the best product on the market suited...
Llano River flooding washes away RM 2900 bridge

Image: @TxDOTAustin on Twitter

News October 16, 2018
A dangerous flooding situation unfolded in south-central Texas Tuesday morning over the Llano River, a tributary of the Colorado River, as heavy rain exacerbated ongoing river flooding, prompting evacuations and a bridge collapse.   Local news outlets later reported that the RM 2900 bridge had...
NHTSA headlights
News October 16, 2018
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week said it was moving to allow advanced headlights known as “adaptive driving beams” to be used in vehicles on U.S. roads that could help prevent nighttime crashes.   The agency said it was acting in response to a petition filed...
JTA bus simulator
Article October 16, 2018
With the understanding that many transit professionals throughout the nation experience similar safety challenges, the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) funded TCRP Synthesis 126, with the purpose of documenting and sharing successful practices and...
road flooding
News October 12, 2018
Hurricane Michael has moved through the state of Georgia, leaving damage to homes and businesses, downed trees and power lines, blocked roads and traffic signal outages across the state.   In accordance with Gov. Nathan Deal’s seven-day state of emergency declaration, which was expanded Wednesday...
Rails next to trails
Article October 05, 2018
There are approximately 212,000 at-grade railroad crossings in the U.S., usually consisting of one or more railroad tracks crossing a public highway. In some cases, and increasingly commonly, there is an additional presence of a multi-use path or trail, which adds a new level of complexity to...
U.S. 23 Flex Route project Michigan
Article October 05, 2018
In 2017, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) opened its first Flex Route along U.S. 23 in Washtenaw and Livingston counties. For years, the problems of peak-hour directional traffic, incident management, and corridor operations and safety eluded the department. All short-term solutions...
Brian Scott
Article October 05, 2018
Intersections offer a challenge to traffic safety professionals across the country because a third of all fatal crashes occur at intersections. This is primarily caused by right-angle crashes that result from a driver failing to recognize the hazard of oncoming traffic or misjudging the distance or...
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