Traffic Safety

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.  ...

Image source: West Central Tribune (Willmar, Minn.)

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 18, 2017
There were 1,188 traffic deaths recorded across Pennsylvania last year, an all-time low since record keeping began in 1928.   The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced Monday there were significant decreases in fatalities from drunken driving, as well as “run-off the road”...
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 “...
News April 12, 2017
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has launched a project to install enhanced roadway signage, ramp meters, wrong-way driver detection systems and more to help improve traffic safety and mobility on U.S. 395 in the North Valleys.   Beginning Monday, April 10 through early 2018, periodic...
News April 07, 2017
The state of Tennessee has begun preparations to remove and replace the majority of the 1,700 Lindsay X-LITE guardrails on its roads system due to their alleged defectiveness. This decision has spurred further reports of traffic collision deaths caused by the guardrail in other states.   At least...

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 March 29, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration, the state of Georgia, local government organizations and employers are partnering with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to sponsor one-hour events to train road workers on the dangers of distracted drivers,...
News March 28, 2017
Following a crash involving one of it’s self-driving ride-share vehicles this past Friday, Uber has lifted its temporary suspension of self-driving activities in both Pittsburgh and Tempe, Az., and put its autonomous test fleet back into service.   The Volvo SUVs are now back into rotation with the...
News March 27, 2017
Uber has announced that it will suspend its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, Az. The ride-hailing company is suspending its autonomous tests in Arizona until it completes its investigation and pausing its Pittsburgh...
News March 23, 2017
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has unveiled plans to eliminate seven railroad crossings in the next few years.   Locomotives barreling across roadways often cause commuter back-ups and wrecks, which has become a point of concern for both residents and transportation...
News March 21, 2017
Topeka city officials hope a partnership with the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will help reduce the city’s number of traffic accidents.   The city is working in conjunction with KDOT to develop geographic information systems (GIS) database tools for tracking crash types and mapping...
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
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 16, 2017
The latest report on traffic fatality estimates were released yesterday by the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization that works closely with federal auto-safety regulators. According to its estimates, 40,200 people died in accidents involving motor vehicles in 2016, a 6% rise from the...

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...
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