Safety

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 December 09, 2016
The Auto Insurance Center (AIC) has completed a study of the deadliest driving conditions by state throughout the U.S. from 2005 to 2015. The insurance news and information website used the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s fatal accident reporting system to reveal the cause of...
News December 05, 2016
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll, which discusses OSHA's new safety guidelines for the construction industry.
Case Studies December 02, 2016
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) tested PSS RoadQuake 2F Temporary Portable Rumble Strip (TPRS) during the week of Oct. 31, 2016. MassDOT wanted to test the product in a live work zone, as part of their approval process.       MassDOT conducted the tests to resolve, in live...
News November 23, 2016
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is halfway through a statewide inspection of highway guardrails and has thus far found 144 sections that may not absorb the energy of a crash, putting drivers in danger.   Of the 120,000 crashes in Colorado per year, CDOT executive director Shailen...
News November 21, 2016
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has issued final revised rules for its walking-working surfaces and fall protection standards, a change the agency estimated will affect 112 million workers at 7 million job sites.   The agency said the biggest change is that employers will...
News November 21, 2016
With more than 125,000 people in the technical workforce trained, TC3’s training can impact you and your organization. Both of these courses are available at no cost and are a part of TC3’s 120-course curriculum.   Guardrail Series: Guardrail Basics This is the first course in the Guardrail Series...
Case Studies November 04, 2016
In June 2015, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) published "Effectiveness of Temporary Rumble Strips in Alerting Motorists in Short-Term Surveying Work Zones," by Hong Yang, Ph.D, Kann Ozbay, Ph.D, and Bekir Bartin. (The paper is available from the ASCE Library for a fee).   In their...
Case Studies October 13, 2016
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated an end-of-queue work-zone crash that occurred in Tennessee in June 2015. They conducted a hearing on October 4, 2016, to discuss their findings and will publish their final report sometime in November.   NTSB did issue a synopsis of the...
News October 10, 2016
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, which looks ahead to winter and considers what protocols ought to be top-of-the-pile for agencies.

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News October 05, 2016
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has substantially completed a project to enhance traveler safety and roadside water quality on U.S. 50 in the Cave Rock area of Lake Tahoe nearly one month ahead of schedule.   All U.S. 50 travel lanes through Cave Rock are now open. Since the project'...
News September 15, 2016
TC3 has trained more than 125,000 people in the technical workforce and is now offering two courses at no charge through October 2016. Both of these courses are a part of the newly launched Flexible Pavement Preservation Treatment Series.   Introduction to Pavement Preservation This one-hour course...
News September 01, 2016
The Northwest Louisiana Transportation Safety Coalition has developed action plans that could potentially save thousands of lives on Louisiana’s roadways.   Zero deaths is the goal of a statewide initiative that has northwest Louisiana communities working together to improve highway safety. Nine...
Case Studies August 25, 2016
To improve both work-zone and worker safety, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission tested temporary portable rumble strips (TPRS, or rumble strips) in September and October of 2015.   The goal was to test the effectiveness of TPRS in short-term work zones. Specifically, to determine if TPRS would “…...
Article August 11, 2016
In recent years, economic, environmental and social forces have pushed bikesharing from a fringe innovation pioneered by several innovative Canadian and American cities to a mobility system now found within many major cities across North America.   Today, it continues its expansion to new regions...
News August 10, 2016
Massachusetts state officials launched a campaign Tuesday to protect workers in roadway repair zones amid an alarming string of crashes in recent weeks involving suspected drunk drivers.   The effort combines public education against drunken driving with increased law enforcement at the work sites...
News August 04, 2016
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Dangerous Combinations campaign is a statewide effort to educate Coloradans on the dangers of driving while high on marijuana. To demonstrate what can happen if you get behind the wheel when impaired, a giant three-dimensional billboard has been...
News August 01, 2016
The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) recently announced the winners of its 2015 Asphalt Operations Safety Innovation Award, as well as the winners and finalists of its Operational Excellence Awards. Both series of special recognition were made at a special ceremony during the...
News July 29, 2016
State and federal officials are investigating what caused a huge construction crane to collapse across the Tappan Zee Bridge north of New York City, an accident that somehow caused no serious injuries but added to a list of crane wrecks in recent years that have prompted initiatives to improve...
News July 20, 2016
The superstreet project for U.S. Route 35 in Beavercreek Township, Ohio, has received a $5 million commitment in state funding.   The funding, which comes by way of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Highway Safety Improvement Program, represents nearly half the estimated cost for the...
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