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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 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...
Products December 01, 2014
Avery Dennison overlays are made with a special acrylic polymer that allows them to provide durable protection to finished signs, and they are also the easiest to weed in the industry. All are coated with a pressure-sensitive adhesive and designed for computer sign cutting and application on the...
Products December 01, 2014
TrafficJet is a new inkjet printing system that digitally prints traffic control and other custom signage on a just-in-time basis. It is a clean, simple and cost-effective way to improve the product quality and production capacity of any traffic safety or reflective sign-making operation. This...
Products December 01, 2014
HIP
Avery Dennison’s T-6000 High Intensity Series is the industry’s first prismatic high-intensity sheeting. Providing vibrant daytime colors and higher reflectivity than glass bead sheeting, this film is the whitest in the industry. Engineered to be computer cut using drum or flatbed plotters, it...
Products December 01, 2014
TrafficJet allows you to make full use of sheeting width by nesting signs of various types, sizes and colors across the full web. This allows you to reduce raw material cost and streamline operations by keeping fewer sheeting widths and colors in inventory.
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...
Videos October 21, 2014
International Cybernetics Corp. has the technology to prevent fatalities and serious injuries from happening due to roadway departures or pavement conditions. An immediate solution is available today. 
Products September 24, 2014
The X-Lite End Terminal from Lindsay Transportation Solutions uses next-generation, non-extruding technology to absorb the energy of impacting vehicles. When compared to older extruding end terminals, Lindsay Transportation Solutions provides improved vehicle control and increased occupant safety....
Case Studies August 29, 2014

For I-30, project plans also included temporary portable rumble strips.

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) Project BB0306, the Sheppard to Highway 278 project, entailed undercutting the inside shoulder and overlaying an asphalt surface on I-30. Earlier this summer, AHTD set up work zones and lane closures that ran from mile marker 22.4 to 29.5 on I-...
Case Studies August 01, 2014
Road departure devices
The city of Varenne, Québec, is on a mission to improve the safety of Canadian highways while saving taxpayer dollars. After recently completing a bridge replacement project on Autoroute 30, the city of Varenne decided to upgrade already-installed road departure devices.   Many contractors,...
Products July 30, 2014
Mobile Barriers MBT-1—strong, highly mobile barriers for temporary work zones, mobile operations and incident management. Improves safety, efficiency and traffic flows. Drives at speed and simply parks to work. Fully integrated and self-contained with onboard power, lights, decks, storage, signage...
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...
Article June 15, 2014
traffic signs
As early as the 1920s highway agencies across the country started developing guidelines for uniform traffic signs. During that time—and pretty much ever since—the conventional thinking concerning nighttime visibility has been brighter is better. That is because nighttime sign visibility has...
Article June 15, 2014
intersection safety
The most critical aspect of signal design and timing at an intersection is the development of an appropriate phase plan, which is mainly driven by left-turn treatments.   Accommodating and addressing left-turning vehicles is challenging for traffic engineers as they seek balance between...
Article June 15, 2014
work-zone safety, safety
It is just before 6 a.m. when you are awakened by the phone. Annoyed that someone would call you at such an early hour, you answer thinking, “what could be so important?”   Your world begins to spin when you learn your spouse has been killed by a motorist while working on a nearby roadway...
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