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Safety News June 29, 2015
Forty-six percent of highway contractors reported motor vehicle crashes in their construction work zones during the past year, according to a highway work zone study by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).   The results of the study also urge drivers to take extra precautions as...
Erosion Control and Soil Stabilization News June 25, 2015
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (OKDOT) brought in experts from Colorado to determine how to repair I-35, which connects Oklahoma City and Dallas, after a major rockslide from the Arbuckle Mountains shut down a portion of the highway.   Oklahoma transportation officials estimate that up...
Safety Products June 24, 2015
FlaggerJoe introduces a Safety Sign System that provides benefits to flaggers. The bright orange waterproof canopy and double warning flags increase work-zone visibility as well as provide heat and rain relief along with UV-sun protection. Rolling Base for mobility.  FHWA approved and MASH crash...
Safety Products June 24, 2015
Pexco’s new Enhanced Linear Delineation System (ELD) provides guidance to motorists, quickly alerting them to hazardous curves and changes in roadway alignment. A closely spaced row of Pexco reflectors creates a “ribbon of light” on guardrails or barrier walls, offering a low-cost, simple-to-...
Safety Article June 15, 2015
No one can deny it. The safety features loaded into today’s automobiles are not only more abundant than ever before—they are now objectively incredible.   High-tech gadgets such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision-avoidance systems, adaptive curve headlights, autonomous braking systems,...
Safety News June 12, 2015
A state Division of Highways (DOH) worker was killed in a work zone after being struck by an “out-of-control” vehicle in Wood County, W.V., on U.S. Route 50.   Police said Randall W. Bland, 49, died of serious leg injuries and seven other people were taken to hospitals including a second DOH worker...
Safety Article June 09, 2015
Nighttime work zones along roadways can be challenging environments for workers and drivers alike. Setting up and taking down the trailer-mounted light towers used by many construction workers is time-consuming and tedious. Aiming the lights on these towers to maximize visibility while preventing...
Safety Article June 09, 2015
The diverging diamond interchange (DDI) has recently become a popular alternative to other forms of interchange designs.   Since the first DDI installation in Springfield, Mo., in 2009, there have been 47 locations across the U.S. where DDIs have been installed. An example of a DDI in St. Louis, Mo...
Safety Article June 09, 2015
As departments of transportation face the challenges of repairing and improving their roadway pavements and bridges, one obvious point is clear.   Most roadwork is performed in traffic conditions   Most of the repairs and bridge-deck replacements will be performed under traffic conditions. The...
Safety Article June 09, 2015
Closely spaced driveways in a Florida work zone.   Identifying business driveways in a roadway construction zone can be difficult, particularly at night.   Darkness can mask visual cues that are available to help drivers during the daytime. In addition, the driveway drums are the same as all the...
Safety Article June 09, 2015
Mobile work zones are used for many road-maintenance operations such as roadway striping, sweeping and minor pothole repair.   The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) includes some guidance for the layout of mobile work zones. A typical layout involves the use of shadow vehicles,...
Safety News May 27, 2015
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has unveiled a new innovative online tool for businesses to constantly track the driver’s license status of employees.   The Driver Record Dashboard (DRD) allows companies to build and manage an unlimited list of drivers by entering vital information such...
Safety News May 22, 2015
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is considering using drones to keep track of road conditions in order to improve safety for highway construction workers and drivers.   Fifty-six cameras are already being used to monitor traffic in West Michigan.   "MDOT thinks there's a lot of...
Safety News May 14, 2015
Overall train accidents have been decreasing over the past few years, but surged in 2015 and Amtrak is the biggest offender.   In the first two months of 2015, Amtrak reported 18 accidents, the highest rate of accidents compared to all other trains and commuter trains.   Amtrak’s lackluster record...
Law News May 08, 2015
  In a post to her Facebook page, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin addressed the signing of House Bill 1965, which effectively makes it a crime to text while driving within the state. Known as the “Trooper Nicholas Dees and Keith Burch Act of 2015,” in honor of the troopers who were involved in a...
Safety Article May 01, 2015
When 3M wanted to test a pavement-marking system that could make it easier for drivers to find their way through work zones in dark, rainy weather, the company turned to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Highways for LIFE Technology Partnerships Program.   Wet road conditions can make it...
Safety Article May 01, 2015
Priorities for the design of roadways have shifted over the years—from a primary emphasis on increasing capacity to considering the purpose of streets and roads in the context of specific settings (often referred to as context-sensitive design). A technique that has gained popularity in recent...
Safety Article May 01, 2015
Those white and yellow lines on the roadway delineate lanes and orient and guide roadway users, enhancing traffic efficiency, reducing conflict and making navigating easier and more comfortable for travelers.   Most importantly, by helping roadway users navigate properly, those lines help reduce...
Safety Article May 01, 2015
Nontangent roadway sections present a unique challenge for pavements.   The pavement surface must satisfy the necessary friction demand to ensure safety and driver comfort based on the geometry (grade, radius of curvature and superelevation) and anticipated speed of vehicles navigating the curve....
Safety Article May 01, 2015
To help states evaluate their work-zone practices, and to help assess work-zone practices nationally, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) developed the Work Zone Mobility and Safety Self Assessment (WZ SA) tool.   The WZ SA tool consists of a set of 46 questions designed to assist those with...

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