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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.

Products March 24, 2015
Eliminate claims and lower costs with American Highway Products’ Safety Ramps. The ramps allow smooth, safe passage for motorists over transverse milled edges, steel utility plates, end of day joints and bridges. Eliminate heavy equipment and operator cost to install and remove asphalt ramps....
News March 20, 2015
According to statistics released by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Texas had 19,393 crashes statewide last year in roadside construction zones, producing 146 deaths.   In effort to assuage further disasters and to educate the general public about safety in work zones, Texas law...
Case Studies March 20, 2015

N-Line crew installs an array of RoadQuake 2F Folding Temporary Portable Rumble Strips.

In the last few years, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has implemented several safety initiatives to enhance safety in work zones for both drivers and workers.   As one of those safety initiatives, TxDOT added temporary portable rumble strips (TPRS) to lane closures, effective with...
News March 17, 2015
Roads & Bridges recently reported that Trinity Industries Inc.’s guardrail system passed a second round of government crash tests, even as skeptics have maintained that the system may still lock up when hit and spear crashing cars instead of slowing them. State transportation officials have...
News March 13, 2015
At least 117 workers have been injured working on the Alaskan Way Viaduct project in downtown Seattle since work began in 2012.  At the end of 2014, worker compensation claims hit nearly $1 million, according to data collected by the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health. The report did...
News March 11, 2015
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) released the findings of a joint task force which evaluated field measurement data collected by FHWA engineers from more than 1,000 4-in. ET-Plus devices installed on...
Case Studies February 27, 2015

A TxDOT herbicide truck sprays a guardrail where weeds are encroaching.

Many may not realize what an attraction the spring wildflower bloom is in Texas—or even that the state has such an impressive wildflower crop. But each spring, throngs of those in the know flock all over the state to get a glimpse of fields swathed in bright colors like flame orange, yellow, blue...
News February 25, 2015
Anticipating new development and increased traffic, one Texas city came up with a bold solution: a reconstructed roadway that preserves long-term sustainability while maximizing development potential.   The city of Rowlett, northeast of Dallas, is experiencing significant growth fueled by two...
Products February 24, 2015
How can we help you design a complete retaining wall solution for your next project? Redi-Rock blocks stack up like giant Legos, which eliminates many common construction errors. The massive size of each one-ton block allows tall gravity walls to be built or even taller reinforced walls with the...
News February 11, 2015
  Using $2.5 million in federal funds, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced that it will install a series of traffic monitoring cameras at 47 site locations along highways in the greater Tulsa area.   The new cameras will expand on the current 54-camera system being operated...
News February 06, 2015
The Island Park area through which U.S. 20 runs in the state of Idaho has seen, according to Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) statistics, 169 wildlife collisions during the period from 2005 to 2009. Moose, elk and deer are prevalent in the area, and these collisions have resulted not only in...
Products January 26, 2015
IAS is the OEM producer of The Trucker Series trailer access products. Trucker products are quality-designed and safety-engineered for fall protection and trucking productivity.   Our products are versatile to match any truck style and deliver practical features including three-points-of-contact...
Products January 26, 2015
Site-Safe Truck Sales offers rugged, contractor-proven quality TMA trucks.   Trucks include an International 4300 model chassis, NCHRP 350 TL-3 rated TMA, MUTCD compliant arrow board or full matrix message board, 24-ft bed, stake racks and GPS tracking hardware. Site & strobe lights available...
Products January 26, 2015
Retro-Rail is a low-cost concept for upgrading the length of need of low-height w-beam guardrail systems. The system utilizes proven cable technology to easily upgrade existing guardrail performance to meet MASH Test Level 3 criteria. Retro-Rail is currently accepted for use on guardrail systems...
News January 19, 2015
A Colorado radio station, controlled by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), launched this last Saturday morning, by which the general public could be kept up to speed on road and traffic conditions along I-70.   Part of CDOT’s “Change Your Peak Drive” campaign, the station is meant to...
Videos January 07, 2015
A Gradall is used for highway barrier placement, eliminating the need for a lowboy trailer—and cranes and conventional excavators—while placing 50% more barriers a day.
Article January 05, 2015
Transportation professionals view the setting of appropriate regulatory speed limits on public roads, including those under repair or reconstruction, as an important tool in promoting safe and efficient operations. To aid this decision-making process, state highway agencies have adopted policies...
Article January 05, 2015
Navigating work zones can be challenging for all pedestrians. However, it’s especially difficult for people who are blind or visually impaired. Due to differences in spatial perception as compared to sighted travelers, people with vision impairment usually encounter physical or information barriers...
News December 29, 2014
On the eve of the Christmas holiday, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) made, via the Federal Register, a formal request for crash data and other findings regarding Trinity Industries’ ET-Plus guardrail end terminal, following protracted allegations that have surfaced regarding misleading...
News December 18, 2014
On Dec. 16, Trinity Industries conducted the second of a series of eight crash tests involving its potentially dangerous guardrail system. The testing, which took place in San Antonio, Tx., was overseen by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) after question began to surface as to whether the...
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