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.

News March 23, 2017
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, unveiled new legislation Wednesday that would raise the gas tax by approximately 1 cent per year, to generate about $500 billion for revitalizing U.S. roads, bridges and transit systems over the...
News March 22, 2017
Poor roads and bridges are costing South Carolinians $5.4 billion a year, according to a report released Tuesday by a Washington, D.C.-based transportation research group.   TRIP states nearly two-thirds of the state’s major locally and state-maintained urban roads and highways are in poor...
News March 20, 2017
For more than eight years, TC3 has trained frontline technical transportation workers who specialize in the areas of construction, maintenance and materials. Over 90% of its more than 120 courses are recommended for professional development hours. To date, more than 125,000 trainings have been...
Case Studies March 15, 2017
In the report titled “Development of Temporary Rumble Strip Specifications,” commissioned by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), authors Steven D. Schrock, Ph.D., P.E., F.ITE, Vishal Sarikonda and Eric J. Fitzsimmons, Ph.D. add significantly to the body of knowledge of temporary rumble...
Case Studies March 02, 2017
The work of building and maintaining America’s roads and bridges relies heavily on the effective management of traffic, which includes limiting proximities among motorists, workers and equipment in construction zones.   A Federal Highway Administration (FHA) analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics...
Article March 01, 2017
"I can’t be everywhere at once."   That’s the dilemma safety professionals face nearly every day. There are too many jobsites, too many workers and too many hazards, especially since our industry must not only protect our employees, but also the general public, which often comes within inches of...
News February 17, 2017
TC3 has announced that more than 90% of its more than 120 courses are recommended for professional development hours (PDH). When a trainee takes a PDH-eligible course, the training hours can contribute toward continuing education for licensure renewal.   PDHs are necessary to maintain a high...
News February 17, 2017
In the city of Columbia, Mo., public works members have been working to address traffic issues on many of its streets—most recently Stewart Road, which is one of 64 streets on the city’s neighborhood traffic management program list.   The program started in November 2013, and the list started with...
News February 17, 2017
Pedestrian distractions, notably from smart phones and other portable devices, continue to contribute to traffic and roadway incidents. There is, however, one small town in the Netherlands that is trying a unique approach to calling attention to the need for keeping one’s eyes on the road.  ...

Image source: ADOT

News February 15, 2017
Sensors installed at three Interstate 40 locations west of Flagstaff are helping the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) forecast the likelihood of ice forming and respond accordingly.   The combination of freezing temperatures and moisture means ice can form overnight in Arizona’s high...
News February 08, 2017
The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) has received $2.5 million in funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s Work Zone Safety Grant Program. This grant includes opportunities for more than 300 work-zone safety training courses to be held in classrooms across the U.S. over...

Photo source: Georgia DOT

News February 07, 2017
The Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) new Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program (CHAMP) begins its phased launch today in Northeast Georgia, with plans to roll out the service to five other districts in the state by this May.   CHAMP will serve most interstates across...
News January 26, 2017
Pennsylvania lawmakers are contemplating a bill that would encourage drivers to apply the brakes when entering active work zones.   The state’s Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday approved legislation that would establish a five-year pilot program of installing speed-detection cameras in...

The retaining wall creates a safe place for truck drivers to chain-up their tiers during snowy weather

Case Studies January 20, 2017
The Challenge: When it snows in Vail, Colorado, it’s a skier’s dream—but for drivers, especially of trucks maneuvering steep mountain roads, it can be treacherous. To make things safer, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) wanted to widen I-70 at both sides of mountain pass locations...
News January 13, 2017
Technology is being deployed on both sides of the Kansas-Missouri state line to help crews work more efficiently to keep the roads open and safe during a winter storm.   Preparations are underway Thursday to battle a potential ice storm this weekend in the Kansas City area. Many of the high-tech...
News January 11, 2017
Nearly all of the 367 malfunctioning guardrails across Colorado have been replaced, now correctly absorbing the energy of a crash and returning to their intended purpose—saving lives.   Prior to the fix, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews occasionally paired guardrail parts from...

Some specifically designed GPS receivers can provide very high position accuracy.

Article January 03, 2017
Growing traffic on U.S. roadways and heavy construction machinery in road work zones pose a critical safety threat to construction workers.   Each year more than 20,000 workers are injured in work-zone accidents involving heavy machinery or passing traffic. From 2004 to 2013, work-zone deaths...
News January 03, 2017
A five-state consortium headed by a research center at North Dakota State University (NDSU) will receive an annual $2.5 million federal grant for the next five years to study methods of preserving and improving transportation infrastructure.   The consortium, led by NDSU's Upper Great Plains...
News December 30, 2016
A bill proposed in Virginia would limit the use of cell phones or GPS systems while driving. If passed, drivers would only be allowed to use devices hands-free, and phones would have to be physically mounted in the car.   The bill is being proposed by Sen. Scott Surovell of Fairfax. Texting while...
News December 23, 2016
With more than 125,000 people in the technical workforce trained, TC3’s training can impact you and your organization. Both of these courses are available at no cost and are a part of TC3’s 120-course curriculum.   Trenchless Technology Trenchless technologies involve methods of new pipe...
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