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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 April 16, 2015
The Nebraska State Department of Roads (NDOR) released its annual report recently, in which the agency outlined performance measures and ancillary initiatives in its “Toward Zero Deaths” safety program.   According to the report, the mission statement of the safety push is characterized as: “To...
News March 31, 2015
The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) has unveiled plans to install five new digital message signs along I-380 and Hwy. 30, respectively. A statement released by IDOT via Cathy Cutler, transportation planner with IDOT’s Cedar Rapids District 6 office, stipulated, “It's a way to reach out to...
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...
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...
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...
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...
News December 15, 2014
In this instructional video, WorkSafeBC shows equipment operators what to do in the event of a compactor rollover.  
Article December 04, 2014
Humans and wildlife interact in some form or another on a daily basis.   If you are one of the many people that enjoy viewing wildlife, sightings can be exciting, but when traveling at high speeds, close encounters can be dangerous or even fatal. In the 1990s, the number of vehicular accidents...
News December 02, 2014
The new orange is coming to Wisconsin.   The Wisconsin DOT announced it would be using orange pavement markings in at least three separate locations throughout the Zoo Interchange project to see if the change in color does make a difference when it comes to safety. It’s the first known application...
Case Studies November 07, 2014

For this project, the city of Mesa called for temporary pedestrian access routes (TPAR) to replace existing pedestrian pathways.

Valley Metro Rail Inc. is a non-profit, public corporation whose mission is to design, build and operate a 57-mile transit system throughout metropolitan Phoenix. The Valley Metro board, whose members include the cities of Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler and others, oversees the management of the agency...
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