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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.

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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Article June 09, 2015
Longitudinal pavement markings include edge lines, centerlines and lane lines on multilane roadways. While pavement markings have been in use for more than 100 years now and their inherent value generally goes unchallenged, there are still key unknowns when trying to quantify the benefits of...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
Article May 01, 2015
Who would have imagined five years ago that cell phones and texting would become so deadly?   As an avid motorcyclist, I can attest that literally every “close encounter” I have with a four-wheeler features a distracted driver either talking on a cell phone or texting. As bad as it is on the open...
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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