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.

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...
crane

Image: ALL Family of Companies

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...
MnDOT roundabout
News November 08, 2017
According to a new study released by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the state’s nearly 200 roundabouts are reducing serious injuries and saving lives.   Minnesota built its first roundabout in 1995 in Brooklyn Park. Since then, MnDOT as well as the state’s counties and cities...
I-76 Work zone
Case Studies November 02, 2017
As the prime highway contractor, Shelly & Sands recently installed temporary portable rumble strips (TPRS) in a work zone in Mahoning County, Ohio. The concrete joint repair project was located on I-76/I-80 eastbound, between Bailey Road and the Ohio Turnpike, in the Warren-Youngstown area.  ...
Federal UAV pilot program to expand drone use
News October 26, 2017
President Trump and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao have announced the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program, an initiative aimed at exploring expanded use of drones. The new program will allow companies and local governments to use drones in ways that the Federal Aviation...
NIOSH

Image source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

News October 23, 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released interim enforcement guidance for its Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard, which is to be enforced in full on Oct. 23.   The guidance was issued Oct. 19 in a memorandum to OSHA regional administrators from...
News October 19, 2017
TC3 has launched its improved mobile app, which is available for Android and iOS. The new app provides on-the-job aids; up-to-date news, materials and resources; and course listings. The goal of the TC3 is to improve the quality of construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of the transportation...
work-zone safety
News October 18, 2017
In a new study funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, researchers at the University of Minnesota investigated the potential advantages and possible disadvantages of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) in-vehicle messages to communicate to drivers traveling in work zones.   The...
Saferoads WA tests
Case Studies October 13, 2017
Saferoads Australia, located near Melbourne in the state of Victoria, provides road safety solutions to Australia, New Zealand and the international road safety market. The company recognized the need for a solution to enhance driver awareness in work zones in order to keep road crews safe on...
traffic safety
News October 13, 2017
In order to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious crashes, a number of agencies have come together to implement The Virginia Strategic Highway Safety Plan, with the goal of moving the state toward zero deaths on the Commonwealth's roadways.   Every day, an average of two people die and more than...
IDOT survey crew member

IDOT survey crew member surveying intersection with 3-D scanner out of the path of live traffic. Photo courtesy of IDOT. 

Article October 11, 2017
In April 2010, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT) published a research document titled Evaluation of 3-D Laser Scanning for Construction Application. The objective of this research was to study how 3-D laser scanning technology could be...
Case Studies October 06, 2017
In August 2017, ITR Concession Co., which operates and maintains the Indiana Toll Road, celebrated the completion of a transformative $220-million project dubbed the 80/90 PUSH Project. The project, which included the rehabilitation of 73 miles of roadway and 53 bridges, was completed in less than...
Virginia DOT to perform geological testing at Natural Bridge State Park
News October 05, 2017
As part of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) work with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation at Natural Bridge State Park in Rockbridge County, a geological analysis is being performed on the formation known as Natural Bridge, atop which runs Route 11.   VDOT...
News October 05, 2017
Get ready for the winter season with three TC3 courses available at no cost through November 2017. These courses cover topics to help ensure that your state's roadways and bridges are safe in light of recent weather events and future storm activity. Register before November 30, 2017, to take...
U.S. DOT
News October 03, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on Thursday announced the immediate availability of $40 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help restore essential service on roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Maria throughout Puerto Rico.  ...
silica rule

Image source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

News October 02, 2017
Construction firms will have an extra 30 days to comply with the new, tougher Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard for airborne silica on jobsites.   OSHA began enforcing the construction silica regulation on Sept. 23. But Thomas Galassi, acting deputy assistant secretary...
Kosciuszko Bridge

Image source: New York Daily News / NY Gov. Cuomo

News October 02, 2017
The old Kosciuszko Bridge, which connected Brooklyn and Queens for 78 years in New York, was imploded Sunday morning.   The long-delayed implosion of portions of the bridge began Sunday at 8 a.m. as Gov. Andrew Cuomo led a 10-second countdown in front of a crowd that witnessed the big booms and...
road maintenance
News September 27, 2017
Throughout the month of October, S.R. 18 in southern California will be closed between Snow Valley Mountain Resort and Big Bear Dam in San Bernardino County in preparation for winter.   The area known as the Arctic Circle will be closed to traffic Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Oct...
highways
News September 26, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) responded yesterday to a lawsuit brought by environmental groups by reinstating a federal requirement that state and local planners track and curb carbon pollution from cars and trucks on the national highways.   On July 31, the Natural Resources Defense...
Automated flagger
Article September 07, 2017
Flagging operations are a critical part of construction and maintenance activities on our highways.   Flagging personnel are trained to effectively and safely communicate the location of construction or maintenance activities to the traveling public. Due to the nature of the work, flagging...
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