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.

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...
S.R. 30 Pennsylvania recovery
News June 26, 2018
On April 7, a significant landslide resulted in the closure of Pennsylvania S.R. 30 in Allegheny County. The route is a principal artery to Pittsburgh and supports more than 22,000 vehicles per day. The slide demolished one apartment building, severely damaged another, and impacted a single-family...
overpass
News June 25, 2018
Idaho officials have decided to replace rather than repair the Cloverdale Road overpass on I-84 near Boise that was damaged during a fiery, seven-vehicle crash that killed four people.   Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) board members on Friday approved spending up to $8 million to replace the...
S.R. 88 Apache Trail Arizona

Image: Arizona DOT

News June 21, 2018
A road improvement project along 17 miles of S.R. 88 east of Phoenix is expected to be completed by the end of summer, according to Arizona state officials.   The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) said that the $6.5 million project focuses on roads beginning 3 miles east of Apache...
Strawberry Hill Avenue bridge Norwalk, Conn.

Image: Google Street View via The Hour

News June 20, 2018
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) is moving ahead with a $10 million project to raise an I-95 bridge that has been hit several times by trucks due to low clearance.   According to CDOT, the bridge has been struck many times, and it is structurally deficient and functionally...
Channelizing posts
Article June 04, 2018
  Statistics developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that driver behavior is responsible for 94% of all crashes. The agency and its state counterparts support a variety of programs targeted at changing and improving driver behavior. Areas of focus include...
ATSSA fly-in

A few ATSSA members, including (from left to right) Cindy Williams, secretary of the Arkansas Chapter of ATSSA and president of Time Striping Inc.; Cody Garner, recipient of The Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program and University of Arkansas student; and Sarah Stillman, president of Creative Design Concepts LLC, met with Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark., pictured far right) during ATSSA’s Fly-In on April 11.

Article June 01, 2018
In April of this year, members of the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) gathered in Washington, D.C., for their annual Legislative Briefing & Fly-in. The purpose of this event is for members to discuss the association’s position on transportation policies and to equip members...
Vancouver transportation safety
Article June 01, 2018
In the last 20 years in Vancouver, the number of transportation-related fatalities decreased by 40%, despite significant increases in population over this same period (20%). Additionally, between 2011 and 2015, the city of Vancouver had an overall transportation fatality rate of 2.4 fatalities per...
Oregon work-zone lighting

Crews using equipment lighting and balloon lights on an Oregon highway construction project.

Article June 01, 2018
It should go without saying that every state department of transportation prioritizes safety for its crews as well as for the traveling public when it comes to setting up work zones along any roadway, including making sure that motorists can clearly see where the work zone, crews and equipment are...
Road fatalities decline
Article June 01, 2018
From 2005 and 2011, the number of U.S. traffic fatalities declined by over 25%, from 43,510 to 32,479.   Most of the drop occurred in 2008 and 2009, which coincided with what has been dubbed the Great Recession, running from December 2007 to June 2009.   Historically, recessions have been...
MnDOT flagger

A MnDOT flagger holds up a sign to warn drivers entering the work zone.

Article June 01, 2018
The night a minivan barreled through his crew’s work-zone closure is one Erik Shelstad will never forget.   That evening, the experienced Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) operations supervisor was overseeing a mill-and-fill project on a three-lane interstate. Shelstad’s crew had set...
wrong-way crashes
News May 30, 2018
The state of Arizona is investing in a potential high-tech solution to instantly alert police and motorists to the presence of a wrong-way driver on a roadway.   The state is the first in the nation to test thermal cameras to combat the rate of wrong-way collisions. The number of Americans killed...
FIU pedestrian bridge collapse investigation
News May 25, 2018
The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report on the agency's ongoing investigation of the pedestrian bridge collapse that took place at Florida International Univerisity (FIU) on March 15 in the city of Sweetwater.   According to the report, the 174-ft-long bridge fell...
Smart pavement
News May 22, 2018
Integrated Roadways, a Kansas City technology start-up, is developing “smart pavement” technology that would not only help increase roadway safety but also serve as the Wi-Fi platform for cars and other future mobility services.   The road system uses high-resolution fiber optic sensors and other...
temporary roundabout intersection
News May 17, 2018
Salt Lake City is seeking the community's feedback on two "pop-up" intersection designs ahead of road construction work planned for next year.   From May 16-23, the city is testing out a temporary intersection design at 900 South and 1100 East, which will be part of a reconstruction project in 2019...
pedestrian safety
News May 14, 2018
A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) show that pedestrian deaths have jumped 46% since reaching their lowest point in 2009, as pedestrian crashes have become both deadlier and more frequent.   According to the IIHS study, a total of 5,987 pedestrians were killed in...
RAPTOR demonstrates TPRS deployment at PTC

RAPTOR demonstrates TPRS deployment at PTC

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PTC staff also tested RoadQuake 2F TPRS

Case Studies April 26, 2018
Traffic engineers at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) first tested RoadQuake 2F Temporary Portable Rumble Strips (TPRS) in live work zones in September and October of 2015. Their goal was to determine if TPRS arrays would increase driver awareness and alertness in their work zones.  ...
News April 26, 2018
TC3 has launched five more courses that users identified as top priorities during the company’s annual national outreach. Two of the newly launched courses—“Warm Mix Asphalt” and “Environmental Predecessor Series: Air Quality”—are available for free through May 2018.   The TC3 technical service...
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