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ODOT smart lane

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Traffic Management News November 28, 2017
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will begin construction for an extra travel lane designed to ease traffic congestion on I-670 in summer 2018.   The ‘SmartLane’ is an extra lane that will only be open 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to help traffic flow smoothly on I-670...
Software Project Management Videos November 28, 2017
Quickly and easily view historical transportation inspection and condition data, either in the office or in the field.
Ohio looking to boost road safety with possible speed limit change
Safety 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...
Utah Transit Authority will launch new BRT service in 2018
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) News November 27, 2017
On Aug. 13, 2018, the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) plans to unveil a new 10.5-mile articulated bus rapid transit (BRT) service in the Provo-Orem region as part of its Provo-Orem Transportation Improvement Project (TRIP).   At present the TRIP project is just over half completed, and according to...
California gas tax opponents get go signal to petition repeal
Funding News November 22, 2017
Nobody loves a tax increase—even if it’s the most direct means to making improvements. Such is the case for a small contingent in the state of California, which, along with other West Coast states such as Oregon and Washington, recently passed a gasoline tax increase aimed at boost revenue for road...
Sacramento transit system hit by hackers
Cybersecurity News November 22, 2017
The Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) system fell victim this past weekend to computer hackers. The hackers erased data and are now threatening to do more harm if SacRT doesn't pay them one bitcoin, now worth approximately $8,000.   The attack erased parts of computer programs on the agency’s...
VDOT wildlife fence

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Traffic Safety 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...
Uber AV

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Automated Vehicles News November 21, 2017
Swedish carmaker Volvo has agreed to supply Uber with vehicles for use in the company’s planned autonomous car ride-hailing service.   According to Volvo’s Nov. 20 announcement, the car company will sell tens of thousands of autonomous driving compatible base vehicles to Uber from 2019 to 2021.  ...
PR bridge

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Funding News November 20, 2017
Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is asking the Trump administration and Congress to provide Puerto Rico with more than $5.84 billion in disaster aid just to cover repairs to the island territory's hurricane-damaged roads, bridges, seaports and airports.   That is part of a total $94.4 billion aid request he...
WSDOT snow bridge

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Bridge Construction News November 17, 2017
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) workers completed a second avalanche bridge on I-90 this past week in an eight-year effort to increase safety and traffic flow on Snoqualmie Pass.   The effort is part of phase one of a 15-mile project, stretching from Hyak to Easton. Phase one...
Champlain bridge foundations
Bridge Construction Case Studies November 17, 2017
The new Champlain Bridge spanning 3.4 km over the St. Lawrence River between Montreal and Brossard, Quebec, is being constructed alongside the current aging Champlain Bridge. The concrete-and-steel bridge is being built with an expected lifespan of 125 years. All work is being done under the...
Minneapolis Metro Transit to limit Super Bowl LRT use to ticket holders
Transit News November 16, 2017
With Super Bowl LII less than three months away, planning is well in process, and one aspect of that planning—public light rail transit service—is causing something of a stir.   Metro Transit has indicated that Blue Line trains between the Mall of America and downtown Minneapolis will be restricted...
FHWA National Roadway Safety Award winners announced
Safety 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...
Iowa gas tax hike already benefiting road and bridge projects
Road Construction News November 15, 2017
Iowa drivers are presently paying 10 cents more per gallon than they did just a few years ago, and while tax increases are no friend to most political leaderships, in Iowa benefits are already being realized.   The state’s gas tax hike has produced an extra $515 million for state and local...
Traffic & Transit State of the Industry survey
Transportation Management News November 15, 2017
Each year, we send to you our annual State of the Industry survey, in effort to gauge your viewpoint and opinion of the ITS segment of the road and bridge construction industry.   However, more often than not, this survey goes unanswered. This year, we are hoping that will be different. Our new...
Safety Videos November 14, 2017
3M's goal is to continue to help improve safety through enhanced infrastructure for both human drivers and automated vehicles.
Software Routing and Logistics Videos November 14, 2017
Collect and manage transportation infrastructure asset information and complete inspections in the field.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is set to open up its US 23 Flex Route system.

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Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News November 14, 2017
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is set to open up its U.S. 23 Flex Route system.   Flex Route is a lane-control system that employs cameras and electronic dynamic message signs to keep drivers abreast of morning and afternoon peak travel times and the availability of an additional...
The Downtown Tampa Autonomous Transit Project will be funded by the Florida Department of Transportation
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News November 14, 2017
The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) recently selected the Stantec/Coast Autonomous team to provide autonomous mobility services for the Marion Street Transitway. HART is a regional transportation authority charged with planning, financing, constructing and operating public...
crane

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Cranes News November 13, 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule last week that delayed its deadline for crane operators to be certified by one year until Nov. 10, 2018.   OSHA is also extending its employer duty to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely...
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