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.

Positive Train Control funding
News September 14, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) this week announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for at least $46 million for positive train control (PTC) systems grants.   This NOFO represents the balance of the $250 million PTC Consolidated Rail...
innovative highway projects
News September 11, 2018
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently announced $8.4 million in Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration awards to the state transportation agencies in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Utah.   Projects will soon be under...
Hurricane impacts to traffic, roadways
News September 11, 2018
States of emergency have been declared in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia in preparation for Hurricane Florence's arrival, a Category 4 hurricane expected to hit the Atlantic Coast later this week, including evacuation plans and transit cancellations for some.   An evacuation of South...
bicycle projects
News September 07, 2018
Gov. Scott Walker announced yesterday that 29 agencies across the state of Wisconsin will receive $15.7 million in funding for Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) projects.   TAP projects are federally funded, smaller scale transportation projects which have a utilitarian purpose which expand...
Variable speed limit warning sign
Article September 05, 2018
In Lake County, Ohio, winter weather spells trouble for a stretch of I-90 between S.R. 528 and S.R. 44.   Over a 10-year span, more than 800 winter crashes were recorded along this corridor. On Dec. 8, 2016, an intense snow band that produced massive squalls contributed to a bus crash that led to a...
traffic safety reflectors
News September 05, 2018
As part of the Toward Zero Deaths plan for the northern part of the state, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will begin placing hundreds of roadside reflectors this week along 76 miles of the iconic M-22 route.   The $300,000 project includes more than 1,300 reflectors—called road...
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Figure 1. TMA light configurations investigated in the study.

Article September 04, 2018
As state departments of transportation (DOTs) shift their attention towards maintenance of existing infrastructure, improving safety in both stationary and mobile work zones is becoming more of a consideration.   One countermeasure to help improve safety in mobile work zones is the truck-mounted...
smart road technology
News September 04, 2018
This week, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will test out a new technology placed inside the pavement along Brighton Boulevard in Denver to measure the speed of cars traveling over that stretch of road.   This is an example of the agency’s RoadX program, a combination of new methods...
public transit usage
News August 31, 2018
More public transit usage can significantly lessen cities' traffic death rates, according to a recent American Public Transportation Association (APTA) analysis.   Conducted by APTA and advocacy group Vision Zero Network, the analysis showed that metro areas that log more than 40 annual transit...
RoadQuake TPRS deployed in work zones reduce crashes and save lives

RoadQuake TPRS deployed in work zones reduce crashes and save lives

Case Studies August 31, 2018
On February 8, 2017, KTVN TV reported a fatal work-zone crash:   “…a 2006 black Freightliner semi was traveling southbound where it was approaching traffic being halted by a flagger in a construction zone. [Nevada Highway Patrol] says a 2000 red Ford F-150, 2015 white Toyota 4Runner, and 2007 beige...
roadway traffic fatalities
News August 23, 2018
The U.S is on pace to record close to 40,000 roadway and highway deaths for the third consecutive year, according to preliminary figures released Wednesday by the National Safety Council (NSC).   Based on state-reported statistics, the NSC says approximately 18,720 people died on U.S. roadways...
cable highway barrier

Image: Gregory Highway Products

News August 21, 2018
Drivers in the state of Oklahoma could soon be seeing fewer guardrails on the side of the highway, as the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) said it is planning to install more cable barriers.   The department said it plans on installing 10 miles of cable barriers, some of which is...
FIU bridge cracking
News August 10, 2018
Cracks that appeared in the Florida International University (FIU) bridge days before it collapsed were far more extensive than previously disclosed, according to new photographs included in a preliminary report released this week by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).   The photos...
rail crossings
Article August 07, 2018
Rail-highway crossings present a special set of safety challenges for transportation professionals.   Due to their vastly different mass and maneuverability, motor vehicles and trains have very different operational characteristics. Quite often, an inattentive driver who makes a mistake at an...
rural driving intersection safety
Article August 07, 2018
Countermeasures are used to help makes roads safer by reducing crashes. However, while we often know that they reduce crashes we usually do not know the exact effect they have on driver behavior and how this reduces crashes. However a new data set from the Second Strategic Highway Research Program...
wrong-way detection system
News August 02, 2018
Phoenix-area drivers are used to seeing freeway entrance-ramp meters with alternating green and red traffic lights during weekday rush hours. But some of the red lights in I-17 ramp meters also play a role as part of the pilot wrong-way vehicle detection system being tested by the Arizona...
Blowing Dust Area

Image: Arizona DOT via Arizona Public Media

News July 24, 2018
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is installing dust-detection software along a vulnerable stretch of I-10 to prevent dust-related crashes.   New technology will detect if high amounts of dust particles are in the air that could hamper visibility. It will automatically activate...
WV Turnpike ABC
Case Studies July 12, 2018
The West Virginia Turnpike, an 88-mile four-lane toll road including stretches of I-77 and I-64, is a winding and elevated highway through mountainous terrain. There are 116 bridges on the Turnpike, and prior to 2016, the average bridge age was 32 years old. In 2016, the Turnpike commenced a...
Michael Sweeney, HNTB
Article July 02, 2018
With continued partisan gridlock in the U.S. Congress, it has been difficult for meaningful federal transportation initiatives to roll forward–and progress is likely to remain stalled until 2019 or later. President Trump admitted as much in a late-March speech when he predicted, “You’ll probably...
Long Grove covered bridge

Image: Village of Long Grove

News June 28, 2018
A box truck crashed into the historic covered bridge in Long Grove, Ill., Wednesday afternoon, just two weeks after the bridge was made a historic landmark.   At 3:54 p.m., the truck struck the top of the covered bridge, according to local reports. The truck was driven by a 30-year-old Chicago man...
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