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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 July 15, 2014
While road safety nationwide has improved greatly in the last decade, traffic fatality rates are still generally higher in the northern-plains and southern states than in the Northeast, Midwest and West, according to a University of Michigan researcher.   Michael Sivak, research professor at the...
Article July 02, 2014
Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the first stop-sign installation.   Not surprisingly, this innovation was developed and installed in Detroit. It was a rather simple device—the word STOP written in black on a white metal background. Over the next century a system of uniform rules, road-...
Article June 24, 2014
Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) are being increasingly deployed in work zones to improve traffic operations and safety. Also known as smart work-zone systems, these deployments provide real-time information to travelers, monitor traffic conditions and manage incidents. Despite numerous ITS...
Products May 27, 2014
Eliminate Claims and lower your Costs! Safety Ramps allow smooth, safe passage for motorists over transverse milled edges, steel utility plates, end of day joints and bridges. Smooth, uniformly molded Safety Ramps. Eliminate heavy equipment and operator cost to install and remove asphalt ramps....
News May 21, 2014
More than 3.5 million drivers in 20 states ran a red light in 2013, according to the second biannual “Safer Roads Report 2014: Trends in Red-Light Running” from the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR).   The report examines red-light running trends across 20 states and is designed to help...
Article May 09, 2014
Good friction The first-place winner in the 2014 ATSSA Innovation Awards, the Sher-Friction High Friction Surface (HFS) treatment from Sherwin-Williams, can help reduce accidents by up to 70%. Sher-Friction consists of two parts: a liquid resin film applied to the pavement surface, followed by an...
News May 02, 2014
While the rest of the U.S. is gaining daylight as summer nears, those around Kansas City are losing street light.   Hundreds of street lights in the western Missouri region are out of order. Some are lifeless because of the harsh winter or bulbs that have reached the end of their service life, but...
Products April 29, 2014
RoadQuake 2F alerts drivers to changing road conditions in a convenient, one-piece folding design. RoadQuake 2F simply folds for storage and transport and unfolds for quick, easy installation. Designed to reduce accidents and save lives, RoadQuake 2F provides significant sound and vibration to...
News April 07, 2014
Forty-five percent of highway contractors had motor vehicles crash into their construction work zones during the past year, according to the results of a new highway work-zone study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials added that the study found work-...
News April 07, 2014
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Sherri LeBas last Thursday held a news conference on the front lawn of DOTD headquarters alongside a 609-cone memorial, honoring the number of lives lost nationwide in work zones in 2012.   "Tremendous progress has been made to...
News February 14, 2014
Highway maintenance crews from East Chicago to the Ohio River turn to custom-created forecasts by Purdue University students that provide the detailed information needed to plan efficient and effective counterattacks against dangerous winter precipitation.   The forecasts' most unique feature is...
Article January 15, 2014
According to the FHWA, there were 87,606 work-zone crashes in 2010 that led to 576 fatalities.That number translates to one fatality in a work zone every 15 hours. Research into traffic safety has found that demand-management programs used to reduce volumes through construction sites have a high...
Article January 15, 2014
W hile the U.S. DOT works feverishly to complete MAP-21’s new bridge, pavement and asset-management data requirements, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) provides a guide for how to use public-private partnerships to take risk-based asset management to a whole new level and create the...
Products December 12, 2013
Avery Dennison OmniCube full-cube prisms return approximately 60 percent of available light back to the driver—20 percent more than competition prismatic sheeting options. The full cubes and angles are then precisely aligned in multiple orientations to deliver consistent performance. OmniCube’s...
News December 05, 2013
The New York State Thruway Authority is trying to give wrong-way drivers a chance to right themselves.   The agency has installed Doppler-radar-enhanced LED signs to alert those moving in the wrong direction before they enter exits in Buffalo and Nyack in Rockland County, N.Y. The signs will be...
Products November 29, 2013
This series of reflective sheeting is enclosed lens retroreflective material. Designed for nonspecification signage applications, T-1000 sheeting meets applicable requirements for Type I retroreflective sheeting required in ASTM D 4956 standards.
Products November 15, 2013
This series offers a 10-year outdoor durable material. Microprismatic sheetings offer brighter colors and higher reflectivity than glass bead sheetings. Features include omnidirectionality, HIP performance, field-proven long-term durability on safety devices worldwide and uniform day and nighttime...
News October 01, 2013
There might have been a few texts going out on Sept. 30 in the Chicagoland area that read: “Just got busted.”   The Illinois State Police claimed to have issued 135 citations for distracted driving in a 2.5-hour span on the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago. Many were issued because the offenders were...
Products September 24, 2013
The SwiftGate was designed for highway use. Substantial in size, the gate allows for a good surface of reflective material and LED lighting. Crash tested to NCHRP TL-3 requirements and accepted by the FHWA, the SwiftGate offers a true highway solution for reversible lane management and on-ramp/off-...
Products September 24, 2013
This tape sets the standard for durability and visibility in pavement markings.  Born of 3M innovations in retroreflective science, polymer chemistry and adhesive and ceramic technology, 3M Stamark tape has created high-visibility guidance and improved roadway safety for more than two generations...