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Safety News January 22, 2016
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is installing a new bridge warning system along southbound lanes of I-35, between Airport Boulevard and Riverside Drive in the Austin area, to detect overheight trucks.   The $412,000 project was funded by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety...
Safety Article January 04, 2016
We hope you never need a guardrail system, but if you do, you likely will need one badly.   In many states guardrail posts are made from pressure preservative-treated (PPT) timber. For example, the state of Washington has approximately 2 million guardrail posts in service, most of which are PPT...
Safety Article January 04, 2016
Wrong-way driving crashes make up a very small percentage of total traffic accidents, but once they occur, they are generally fatal and pose significant safety concerns for freeways and limited-access highways.   These types of crashes typically occur at night, and causes may include confusing...
Safety News December 31, 2015
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, the number of crashes on Highway 217—which stretches from Beaverton to Tigard, connecting drivers from Highway 26 south to I-5—has dropped significantly since new variable speed-limit signs and other electronic signs began operating more than a...
Safety News December 31, 2015
According to a press release issued by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the agency will replace its current traffic data capturing equipment to better collect information and digital images on the state highway system, the funds for which will be provided by a grant from the...
Maintenance News December 30, 2015
Officials within the Alaska Department of Transportation (ALDOT) are looking at budget cuts outlined in Governor Bill Walker's recently published state budget proposal in advance of a pending legislative session. Cuts that may well have a significant impact on the agency’s ability to address...
Safety News December 23, 2015
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) today announced that it has approved a schedule for implementing the use of roadside safety hardware devices, such as guardrails and crash cushions, on the National Highway System that meet new crash-testing standards...
Safety News December 21, 2015
The unpredictable ocean and atmospheric phenomenon known as El Niño has prompted state DOTs to make winter weather preparations.   The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) released the results of a survey on winter weather preparations. Seventy percent of the...
Safety News December 15, 2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s investigative section launched an audit to determine if the Federal Transit Administration has the tools and personnel to carry out its new role overseeing the safety of Washington D.C. area Metro’s rail operations.   Previously, a 2012 audit looked broadly...
Safety Products November 25, 2015
Through the LTS Road Safety App, a contractor can be assured that installation teams possess the current documentation and media needed to help properly install LTS road safety devices in the field. Inspection crews can also benefit by using the app to confirm safety devices have been installed...
Winter Maintenance News November 11, 2015
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Transportation Operation and Management LLC (TOM), which is VDOT’s partner in emergency response for the state’s I-77 mountain tunnels, recently hosted a training exercise involving real-world possibilities in effort to draw up emergency response...
Safety News November 09, 2015
Two Volvo XC90 vehicles went for an autonomous drive on Adelaide's Southern Expressway this past Saturday morning, as part of the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI), coordinated by the national independent road research agency, ARRB Group. The two cars demonstrated automatic lane...
Safety News October 29, 2015
A Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) project to widen 96 miles of I-35 through central Texas has led to the design of an innovative end-of-queue warning system that reduced crashes by up to 45%.   Frequent temporary nighttime lane closures were inducing queues upstream of the merging taper...
Bridges News October 29, 2015
Concerns over the structural integrity of a 750-ton bridge spanning East Grand Boulevard in Corona, Ca., have led to the decision by state DOT officials to demolish and rebuild it.   The S.R. 91 on-ramp work is expected to cause traffic delays, but to not affect or delay completion of the S.R. 91...
Funding News October 29, 2015
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed a short-term surface transportation authorization extension by voice vote. This extends the authorization from Oct. 29 through Nov. 20, 2015. No additional revenue was required for this extension, and it passed by voice vote in both chambers of Congress. The...
Safety Products October 28, 2015
The SoftStop is a Test Level 3 tangent, single-sided, energy-absorbing, redirective and gating end terminal. The SoftStop is the first end terminal to meet the evaluation criteria set forth in the Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH). The unique anchorage allows the rail panels to remain...
Safety Products October 28, 2015
The Highway Advisory Radio with Road Weather Information System (HARWIS) from MH Corbin adds a new level of flexibility to Highway Advisory Radio Systems. HARWIS provides motorists with alerts for dangerous fog conditions, high winds, sleet, snow, ice and heavy rain via HAR, CB Radio, VMS, flashing...
Law News October 21, 2015
The following is a truncated adaptation of the announcement as made by the U.S. Department of Transportation.   U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta have announced the creation of a task force to develop recommendations for a...
Bridges News October 16, 2015
A temporary bridge that was part of a construction project collapsed Oct. 14 onto one of South Africa's busiest highways, killing two people and injuring 21 others, according to the Associated Press.   Those killed in the accident at the M1 highway on the edge of Johannesburg's Sandton district...
Safety News October 15, 2015
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) formed a task force to study the safety and reliability of I-75.   The FDOT task force is part of a larger planning process for the future of the state’s major transportation corridors over the next 50 years. It will examine all aspect of travel,...

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