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Bridge collapse
Bridges News March 19, 2018
Five days after the deadly bridge collapse at Florida International University (FIU) there are still a lot of unknowns, but this is what we know:   The number of confirmed dead is six, and 10 people were injured;   There have been conflicting reports as to what was being done on the bridge prior to...
Bridge collapse

NTSB officials have still not been able to access the FIU bridge accident site. AP Photo

Bridges News March 16, 2018
As rescue workers continued recovery efforts at the site of the pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University in the city of Sweetwater on Friday, officials were waiting to get a chance to do their job.   At least six have been confirmed dead and more may be pulled from the rubble...
traffic safety older drivers
Safety News March 14, 2018
A report released by nonprofit transportation research group TRIP finds fatalities in traffic crashes involving drivers 65 years old or older increased 22% from 2012 to 2016.   The number of seniors killed in those crashes increased by 16% nationwide. The TRIP report identified Florida as having...
Copenhagen bikeways

Copenhagen has hundreds of miles of separated bikeways built next to their sidewalks.

Safety Article March 12, 2018
U.S. travelers to many European cities often note the very large number of bicyclists of all ages and abilities. Indeed, bicycles are used for nearly half of urban trips in cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Another notable feature of these cities is their extensive network of infrastructure...
Ill. DOT gets TIGER grant to aid I-57 safety
Safety News March 08, 2018
A federal grant has been awarded to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to help to make I-57 safer near the town of Marion.   In a news release from Democratic U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, it was announced that IDOT was awarded a $7.6 million TIGER grant for...
Active traffic management signage debuts on U.S. 95 in Las Vegas
Safety News March 06, 2018
Downtown Las Vegas is one of the most congested urban areas in the nation. But Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) officials hope to crack the traffic crunch with a series of digital active traffic management signs, which are set to go live today.   Some 300,000 vehicles travel through the U...
I-90 Cuyahoga County

I-90 in Cuyahoga County was one of the locations where ODOT installed longitudinal diamond grooving.

Asphalt Article March 02, 2018
In Ohio, it’s important to look at pavement solutions in relation to the current highways—only 2-3% of the pavements in the state system are concrete.   Composite pavements (asphalt over brick or concrete) represent 45-48%, and the remainder are full-depth asphalt. The Ohio Department of...
solar-powered pavement markers

Image: Idaho Transportation Department

Safety News March 02, 2018
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is piloting new wireless technology aimed at shedding some light on the state’s darkest highways with the first 100 of an eventual 700 solar-powered pavement markers.   Last month, state employees installed the patented markers in Pocatello, which measure 4...
Mountain View Corridor project

Image: Traffic Technology Today

Road Construction News February 28, 2018
Engineering and planning consultant Michael Baker International (MBI) has announced completion of the second phase of the Mountain View Corridor project on S.R. 85 to the west of Salt Lake City.   MBI served as the lead designer for the second phase of the project, which included the full design...
Big French Creek
Road Construction Article February 26, 2018
When visitors drive by the portion of S.R. 299 in California known as Big French Creek, they may notice the rock-fall protection fence or perhaps other improvements; but they most likely have no idea what local residents, the traveling public and the California Department of Transportation (...
Officials in Hawaii change weight limits on island bridges

Photo: Eric Guinther 

Bridges News February 16, 2018
Hawaii state officials are implementing new weight limit restrictions for bridges on the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, and Kauai as the result of a recent calculation reassessment taking heavy truck loads into account.   While most passenger vehicles should not be affected, emergency vehicles,...
Missouri lawmakers consider axing vehicle safety inspections
Safety News February 16, 2018
A proposal in the Missouri state legislature would do away with mandatory vehicle safety inspections. State law presently requires mechanical inspections of vehicles every other year once a vehicle is five years old. Such inspections are required for an owner to renew their motor vehicle license...
road widening
Road Construction News February 09, 2018
A project to widen 6 miles of U.S. 95 in northwest Las Vegas has begun.   Las Vegas Paving won the $64.6 million general contract for the work between Durango Drive and Kyle Canyon Road. The project will expand the highway from four to six lanes to relieve congestion and improve safety, according...
Positive train control
Safety News February 06, 2018
The head of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that the correct implementation of a key train safety feature could have prevented the early Sunday morning Amtrak crash in South Carolina.   Chairman Robert Sumwalt said at a press conference that the implementation of Positive Train...
Utah DOT and Dept. of Public Safety launch Join the Resistance campaign
Safety News January 18, 2018
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) are together looking to make a severe reduction in road fatalities in the state, a figure that crested at 273 deaths in 2017.   While that is a slight decrease from 2016 when 281 people died on Utah roads, UDOT...
I-80 in Will County

Image: ILEPI

Highway Construction News January 15, 2018
An Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) study released last week emphasizes the growing safety and congestion problems on a 16-mile stretch of I-80 in the northeastern part of the state that connects six of Will County’s municipalities and traverses four waterways.   For the study, ILEPI...
train safety
Safety News January 12, 2018
House Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation meant to accelerate the implementation of a key train safety feature, a move that follows December’s deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state.   The bill, titled the Positive Train Control Implementation and Financing Act, would give railroads...
Safety News January 09, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is teaming up with the navigation app Waze on a new initiative designed to make the nation’s roads safer, the agency announced Monday.   U.S. DOT is launching two pilot projects that are aimed at integrating traditional crash data with crowd-sourced...
work-zone lighting
Safety Article January 03, 2018
In 2016, there were over 288 nighttime crashes in work zones, resulting in over 800 fatalities.   Increasing traffic volumes are leading to a rapid increase in nighttime construction activities on our roads. This increase in nighttime construction on highways poses a major safety concern for both...
FDOT survey vehicle
Safety Article January 03, 2018
Collecting pavement condition and performance data is an essential element of transportation asset management.   Departments of transportation (DOTs) are responsible for driving hundreds of thousands of miles each year for such data collection, using both full-sized survey vehicles that run at...
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