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.

Utah DOT and Dept. of Public Safety launch Join the Resistance campaign
News January 18, 2018
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) are together looking to make a severe reduction in road fatalities in the state, a figure that crested at 273 deaths in 2017.   While that is a slight decrease from 2016 when 281 people died on Utah roads, UDOT...
road safety
News January 16, 2018
A new report examining the global crisis of road deaths and traffic fatalities around the world found that despite having more resources to tackle road redesigns and reduce traffic fatalities, the U.S. is not keeping up with many of its peer nations when it comes to creating safer streets.  ...
I-80 in Will County

Image: ILEPI

News January 15, 2018
An Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) study released last week emphasizes the growing safety and congestion problems on a 16-mile stretch of I-80 in the northeastern part of the state that connects six of Will County’s municipalities and traverses four waterways.   For the study, ILEPI...
train safety
News January 12, 2018
House Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation meant to accelerate the implementation of a key train safety feature, a move that follows December’s deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state.   The bill, titled the Positive Train Control Implementation and Financing Act, would give railroads...
road safety
News January 09, 2018
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that New York City saw the fewest traffic fatalities on record last year including a 32% drop in pedestrian deaths.   This marks the fourth year in a row of declining traffic deaths since the mayor launched Vision Zero in 2013. This is the lowest number of...
U.S. DOT
News January 09, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is teaming up with the navigation app Waze on a new initiative designed to make the nation’s roads safer, the agency announced Monday.   U.S. DOT is launching two pilot projects that are aimed at integrating traditional crash data with crowd-sourced...
work-zone lighting
Article January 03, 2018
In 2016, there were over 288 nighttime crashes in work zones, resulting in over 800 fatalities.   Increasing traffic volumes are leading to a rapid increase in nighttime construction activities on our roads. This increase in nighttime construction on highways poses a major safety concern for both...
FDOT survey vehicle
Article January 03, 2018
Collecting pavement condition and performance data is an essential element of transportation asset management.   Departments of transportation (DOTs) are responsible for driving hundreds of thousands of miles each year for such data collection, using both full-sized survey vehicles that run at...
Kernel Density Map

Figure 1. A Kernel Density Map of predicted counts of pedestrian collisions with a 250-m kernel buffer in downtown Seattle. (Adapted from Accident Analysis and Prevention, 5, 84:99-111.)

Article January 03, 2018
Data on traffic collisions involving pedestrians are now routinely available, which, combined with detailed data on road and street networks, facilitate the estimation of models that explain the conditions and circumstances leading to collisions.   Our past research, together with that of others in...
I-5 derailment in Washington State

Image: David Gutman / The Seattle Times

News December 21, 2017
Less than two and a half days after an Amtrak train derailed near DuPont, Wash., killing three and sending cars and debris onto I-5, state officials opened two of three southbound lanes in time for Wednesday’s evening commute.   The third lane is expected to open Thursday morning after the final...
NTSB
News December 20, 2017
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be looking at driver distraction as a possible cause to the Amtrak 501 derailment over I-5 near Tacoma, Wash.   Badly damaged cameras were recovered from the engineer’s cab and have been sent to the NTSB’s laboratory in Washington, D.C. It...
BoardWalk Ramp and Platform with detectable warning stripe
Case Studies December 14, 2017
The city of Toronto, Canada, launched the King Street Transit Pilot Project just a month ago, on Nov. 13, 2017. The purpose of the project is to improve transit reliability, capacity and speed. Giving priority to streetcars, the project does not allow personal vehicles through certain intersections...
wrong-way traffic sign
News December 14, 2017
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is launching a pilot program this winter that will help harness the technology already available on the Triangle Expressway (SH 540 in western Wake County) to curb wrong-way crashes.   According to NCDOT, there were more than 500 wrong-way...
The wrong-way detection signs will go in at the I-15-Starr Avenue interchange, which is now under construction
News December 08, 2017
The I-15/Starr Avenue interchange project in Clark County, Nev., has aimed, since its inception, to reduce crashes and alleviate local-road congestion—and a new, fairly simple safety measure has Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) officials optimistic that incident reduction will happen...
LIRR Bridge overpass

Image: MTA

News December 07, 2017
Looking to prevent dangerous bridge strikes, New York is spending $4.3 million to install additional detectors to keep over-height vehicles off state parkways, where overpasses are lower than many.   The detector systems are intended to prevent incidents that in 2017 have so far included more than...
black ice
News December 05, 2017
Winter road maintenance could be getting more efficient thanks to the Grip, a black-ice detection system from two Finnish research organizations.   The two firms—EEE Innovations and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland—developed the system to accurately detect slippery road conditions in real-...
Florida DOT sets plan to boost pedestrian safety on U.S. 301
News December 01, 2017
Sometimes it is the small choices that can have the greatest impact to the traveling public. Case in point: The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in response to a pedestrian safety issue on U.S. 301 in Sarasota, has come up with a simple fix that will have a direct and immediate positive...
Ohio looking to boost road safety with possible speed limit change
News November 27, 2017
In an effort to reduce crashes on its state highways and generally increase driver safety, the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) are conducting an analysis of high-crash roads throughout the state that have 70 mph speed limits.   This analysis is taking...
VDOT wildlife fence

Image: WVIR-TV

News November 21, 2017
A fence lining a mile-long stretch of I-64 in Albemarle County, Va., has reportedly been significantly reducing crashes involving wildlife.   The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) installed the fence in Ivy as the first test site in the commonwealth for this safety system.   The Virginia...
FHWA National Roadway Safety Award winners announced
News November 16, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Roadway Safety Foundation have announced this year’s nine National Roadway Safety Award winners, which represent the nation’s best examples of innovation in highway safety. The biennial competition, which began in 1999, is an acknowledgement of...
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