Traffic Safety

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News April 28, 2017
New data from the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) shows traffic fatalities and serious injuries are declining on Montana roads. So far this year, there have been 36 traffic-related deaths compared to 52 at the same time last year.   In 2014, MDT launched Vision Zero, its mission to bring...
News April 21, 2017
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has started another round of safety improvements on Rte. 130, the road dubbed the state’s most dangerous.   Rte. 130 has been repeatedly singled out by pedestrian-safety groups because of a high number of fatalities over the last few years.  ...

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News April 21, 2017
Two local landowners have teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) in District 8 to improve safety on the notorious stretch of Highway 67 west of Granite Falls by building a permanent snow fence.   The landowners and MnDOT have installed a 1,500-ft fence, or approximately ¼...
News April 20, 2017
New data released by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has highlighted a troubling trend on state roads.   There were 25,713 crashes in work zones last year that resulted in 181 deaths, representing a 27% spike in fatal work-zone crashes from 2015—a stark increase that TxDOT officials...
News April 13, 2017
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is rolling out a fleet of “talking” buses to serve the state’s communities.   The new technology allows the buses to alert pedestrians and motorists with an automated announcement through a “Safe Turn Alert” system that voices messages such as “...

A double strip configuration was tested at the MnROAD facility in Albertville, Minn.

Article April 03, 2017
The Sinusoidal (Sine) Rumble Strip Design Optimization Study presents results of sound-level monitoring of four types of centerline rumble strips installed along Trunk Highway (TH) 18 in Mille Lacs and Aitken counties in Minnesota.   This study follows an extensive study completed in 2015 that...
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.  ...

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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...

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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 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...

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 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 09, 2016
The Auto Insurance Center (AIC) has completed a study of the deadliest driving conditions by state throughout the U.S. from 2005 to 2015. The insurance news and information website used the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s fatal accident reporting system to reveal the cause of...
News November 23, 2016
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is halfway through a statewide inspection of highway guardrails and has thus far found 144 sections that may not absorb the energy of a crash, putting drivers in danger.   Of the 120,000 crashes in Colorado per year, CDOT executive director Shailen...
News August 04, 2016
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Dangerous Combinations campaign is a statewide effort to educate Coloradans on the dangers of driving while high on marijuana. To demonstrate what can happen if you get behind the wheel when impaired, a giant three-dimensional billboard has been...
News July 20, 2016
The superstreet project for U.S. Route 35 in Beavercreek Township, Ohio, has received a $5 million commitment in state funding.   The funding, which comes by way of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Highway Safety Improvement Program, represents nearly half the estimated cost for the...

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News July 19, 2016
A large crane being used to construct the new Tappan Zee Bridge in New York collapsed Tuesday, blocking all lanes on the span it is replacing, closing the traffic artery indefinitely and injuring five people.   Digital traffic signs as far back as Interstate 95 in New Jersey advised drivers of the...
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