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Road driving simulator testing Missouri S&T; MoDOT

Students use a driving simulator on the Missouri S&T campus to test the Route 160 roadway design before construction. Photo by Tom Wagner/Missouri S&T, ©2019 Missouri S&T

Road Design News May 15, 2019
Two undergraduate students at Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) used a driving simulator to help a civil engineering firm evaluate a new roadway design for the $18.6 million Route 160 widening project from Springfield to Willard, Missouri.   The students worked with Crawford,...
I-4 Ultimate Improvement road construction project
Highway Construction News May 09, 2019
The I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project in Orlando, Florida, is reportedly falling behind on its scheduled 2021 completion date by nearly nine months.   According to local reports, I-4 Mobility Partners, the project builder, recently told the Florida DOT (FDOT) in a progress report that the $2.3...
autonomous tech program for buses
Technology News May 07, 2019
New Flyer of America Inc. and New Flyer Industries Canada ULC, the largest bus manufacturer in North America, recently announced the launch of their Autonomous Technology Program.    This program includes development and deployment of technology for Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) and...
wrong-way vehicle incident detection systems
Safety News May 01, 2019
The Connecticut DOT (CDOT) is planning to test technology designed to combat wrong-way vehicle incidents.   CDOT had initially announced back in February 2017 that the same technology could be installed on state roadways within that same year, but the department has faced a few challenges in...
artificial intelligence mobility solutions
Technology News April 30, 2019
Officials in the city of Henderson, Nev., are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) technology with the aim of alleviating traffic crashes at specific intersections.   The Nevada DOT recently found success with an AI pilot program in partnership with the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC)...
Caltrans work-zone safety initiative

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Safety News April 25, 2019
At the 2018 Caltrans Safety Summit, Caltrans Director Laurie Berman made a call to action and is implementing three new safety initiatives to end work-zone fatalities in the state.   In the last five years, over 3,000 people nationwide lost their lives in work-zone collisions, and more than 85% of...
3M Connected Roads All Weather Elements
Maintenance Products April 23, 2019
All Weather Elements from 3M are engineered with unique microcrystalline optic technology to deliver superior brightness, color and all-weather performance. 3M combines continuous wet and dry retroreflectivity and stable performance—all at an acceptable cost. The product is compatible with most...
I-80 bridges over Des Plaines River, Joliet, Illinois
Bridges News April 19, 2019
The Illinois DOT (IDOT) announced that regularly scheduled inspections of the I-80 bridges over the Des Plaines River in Joliet are set to begin April 29.   Daily lane closures will be required, starting with the westbound bridge until May 6, when inspections begin on the eastbound bridge....
work-zone safety awareness campaign
Safety 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
Safety 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
Safety 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

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Associations 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

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Bridges 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
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
Highway Construction 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
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

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Bridges 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...
3M Advanced Flexible Engineer Grade Series 7300
Safety Products March 26, 2019
3M Advanced Flexible Engineer Grade Series 7300 can be easily applied to a variety of traffic control devices such as barricades, posts, tubes and drums—helping to improve production efficiency and reduce production costs. To learn more and request a sample visit here.  
positive train control; rail safety
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

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Construction Planning 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...
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