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.

work-zone safety awareness campaign
News April 08, 2019
This year's National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is being held this week, April 8-12, 2019, with the national kick-off press event to be held on April 9, 2019, in Washington, D.C.   The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), along with the American Association of State Highway and...
Best cities for driving map
News April 05, 2019
Charlotte, N.C., has been rated the best city for drivers in the U.S. in a new ranking from car rental insurance website, Insure My Rental Car.    Insure My Rental Car ranked the top 20 most populous cities based on the number of road accident fatalities per 100,000 residents, average increase in...
autonomous vehicles; safety and testing of AV systems
News April 05, 2019
Three prominent automakers announced this week the formation of a partnership to help create regulations and safety standards for autonomous vehicles (AVs) in the U.S.   GM, Ford and Toyota are partnering with the automotive engineering group SAE International to launch the Automated Vehicle Safety...
Arlington Memorial Bridge

Image: ARTBA

News April 03, 2019
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) analysis of the recently released U.S. DOT 2018 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) database reveals that 47,052 of U.S. bridges are classified as structurally deficient and in poor condition.   Vehicles of all kinds cross these...
Chattanooga I-75 concrete railing collapse over I-24

Image: Tennessee DOT via Twitter

News April 02, 2019
Crews are continuing to work on emergency repairs today after a large chunk of concrete railing fell off an I-75 North bridge onto the I-24 westbound ramp below in Chattanooga, Tenn., late Monday morning, injuring one person.   A section of I-75 was closed down to traffic after the collapse, near...
public transportation safety
News April 02, 2019
The U.S. DOT's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently launched a new Human Trafficking Awareness and Public Safety Initiative.    The initiative includes two Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) totaling $4 million to prevent human trafficking and other crimes that may occur on buses,...
Nicole Nason
News April 01, 2019
By a vote of 95 to one, the U.S. Senate confirmed Nicole Nason to lead the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on March 28.   Nominated by President Trump on Jan. 3 as the next FHWA administrator, Nason emphasized in her confirmation testimony that she plans to pay particular attention to...
reduced speed limit; urban mobility; traffic safety; pedestrian safety
News March 27, 2019
The Maryland DOT State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is reducing speed limits on MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) in Wheaton and Silver Spring, Montgomery County, this week.   The changes are part of MDOT SHA’s bold new comprehensive urban mobility-focused program tailored to central business districts...
Mississippi DOT emergency bridge closures

Image: Mississippi DOT

News March 27, 2019
Under the authority of Gov. Phil Bryant’s April 2018 emergency bridge closure proclamation, the Mississippi DOT (MDOT) today was directed to begin immediately closing at least 34 local bridges.   “If these bridges remain open, it will not only present a safety hazard to the traveling public but...
positive train control; rail safety
News March 26, 2019
Washington State DOT (WSDOT) officials recently announced the implementation of positive train control (PTC) technology has been fully activated along the Amtrak Cascades corridor, an update put in place in order to prevent future derailments.   The Amtrak Cascades corridor incorporates the Point...
MARTA Atlanta DOT

Image: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

News March 21, 2019
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recently announced plans to establish the city's first dedicated Department of Transportation (DOT) to improve the safety and accessibility of city streets, and to meet the increasing demands of Atlanta’s growing population.   The move is a key pillar of Mayor...
PennDOT added RAPTOR Rumble Strip Handling Machine to its fleet of equipment
Case Studies March 21, 2019
Regardless of the warning signs, lights and other signals for a change in traffic patterns, accidents are still happening in our work zones. In 2017 alone, the Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistics recorded a total of 1,778 crashes in these areas, 43% of which resulted in injuries or fatalities....
road traffic safety; dust storms; messaging
News March 18, 2019
The Arizona DOT (ADOT) is preparing to install a first-of-its-kind dust detection and warning system along I-10, known to be one of the most dangerous roads during dust storms in Arizona.   According to the Arizona Daily Star, the warning system will be located between Sunshine Boulevard and...
underride guards for trucks

Image: U.S. DOT Volpe Center

News March 15, 2019
Last week, U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and U.S. Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.), introduced bipartisan legislation designed to make U.S. roads safer.   The Stop Underrides Act, which has received support from advocacy group U.S. PIRG, ...
rail transit accident Chicago
News March 14, 2019
A driver was killed and three others were injured Tuesday night on the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Blue Line when an SUV rolled onto the tracks and was hit by an oncoming train.   According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the driver of the SUV was heading down I-190 near the northwest suburb of...
Mackinac Bridge in Michigan; bridge monitoring sensors

Image: Justin Billau [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

News March 12, 2019
Researchers in the state of Michigan are planning to install up to 2,000 infrastructure sensors on the Mackinac Bridge in order to explore the logistics of a large-scale deployment and provide useful monitoring data to the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA).    According to a press release from the...
Road and bridge construction podcast

Logo Images: Trifonenko Ivan / SkyLine / stock.adobe.com

News March 01, 2019
In a fully loaded Infrastructure Insider, we go over the recent bridge troubles in Chicago and the Chicagoland area. Associate Editor Tim Bruns talked with the Chicago DOT after bridge cracking was discovered on Lake Shore Drive (5:45). The I-80 bridge in Joliet also is in trouble. We talked to...
road collapse mudslide Tennessee SH 70N

Image: Tennessee DOT via Twitter

News February 25, 2019
A section of SH 70N in Hawkins County, Tenn., has been closed indefinitely after a mudslide occurred early Thursday morning, claiming the life of one motorist and injuring another.   Local reports indicate that the man killed was traveling south on the highway when the slide swept his vehicle 200...
I-4 Ultimate improvement project
News February 20, 2019
Three workers sustained minor injuries from a fall that occurred last week while working on the I-4 Ultimate project in Orlando, Fla.   The incident took place only four days after construction on the interstate resumed after a worker was killed earlier this month, according to the Orlando Sentinel...
positive train control railroad
News February 19, 2019
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently released a status update regarding railroads’ self-reported progress toward full implementation of positive train control (PTC) systems as of the end of 2018.     All required railroads either met the December 31, 2018, deadline for fully...
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