Traffic Management

automated vehicle infrastructure
News January 22, 2018
The road designs in Florida are expected to change within the next decade or so, as the state prepares its infrastructure to adapt to autonomous vehicles (AVs).   Some of the changes will include narrower lanes, flyover ramps at intersections, fewer public parking lots and more shortcuts through...
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...
express lanes
News January 11, 2018
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a deal Wednesday that will add 10 more miles of express lanes to the I-95 corridor, expanding the system of high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes to Fredericksburg by 2022.   As part of the agreement, the private company building the lanes will give the state $277...
I-25 Colorado

Image: Jenny Sparks / Loveland Reporter-Herald

News January 05, 2018
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will add express lanes in both directions of I-25 from Johnstown to Fort Collins.   CDOT approved the $248 million contract with Kraemer/IHC to add express lanes, replace aging bridges, widen other bridges, create new pedestrian and bicycle access...
tolling
News January 04, 2018
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has issued a request for proposal to help the agency research open system tolling.   The 2017 Oregon Legislature directed ODOT to relieve congestion and generate revenue through tolling on I-5 and I-205 in the Portland Metro area.   ODOT is interested...
Public transit
News January 03, 2018
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) announced the cooperative statewide procurement of Mobileye Shield+ Driver Assistance System (DAS) technology for all public transportation providers in Virginia.   As part of a $450,000 pilot program, DRPT is also providing funding...
Leonia, N.J., is going to extremes to avoid navigation app-derived traffic jams
News December 26, 2017
The extreme always seems to make an impression, and town officials in Leonia, N.J., are banking on it being just that.   According to a recent piece in the New York Times, the roads cutting through the Jersey borough of less than 10,000 souls are a regularly suggested alternate route on popular...
Study calls Washington D.C.’s traffic resilience into question
News December 26, 2017
Not the merriest news for this time of year, but the District of Columbia ranks as the worst of 40 major metro areas in the U.S., according to a new study by researchers at Northeastern University’s Network Science Institute. The study found Washington D.C. to be the least “traffic resilient” of...
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...
Traffic relief
News December 20, 2017
In an effort to deliver on his commitment to provide innovative transportation solutions for the state of Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan announced $461 million in new traffic relief initiatives for the Baltimore region, including adding lanes to 27 miles of highway to alleviate congestion on the...
Georgia’s Fulton County floats transit plan that includes BRT service
News December 15, 2017
After a series of public forums in which county representatives engaged with residents, officials in Fulton County, Ga., have created a transit master plan that calls for extensions of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).   The $16 billion plan also calls for light rail at the...
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...
Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge

Image: Free-Lance Star

News December 13, 2017
An upcoming meeting and recent movement on a major bridge project underlines what the future might hold for drivers along a major Virginia corridor where population and traffic is expected to grow in the coming decades.   The Virginia Department of Transportation will host a public meeting this...
autonomous vehicles and alternative transportation
News December 12, 2017
Lawmakers in the state of Florida are proposing the creation of a “Statewide Alternative Transportation Authority” that would oversee developing transportation systems for things such as autonomous vehicles.   The authority would be within the Florida Department of Transportation and would receive...
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...
FAA drone innovation zones see flood of applications to participate
News December 01, 2017
President Donald Trump issued a mandate last month that would roll back some “overly burdensome” Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones.   The new initiative proposes to set up “innovation zones” in certain state and local...
ODOT smart lane

Image: Ohio DOT

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...
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...
Traffic & Transit State of the Industry survey
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...
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is set to open up its US 23 Flex Route system.

Image source: MDOT

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...
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