Reimagining Safety and Mobility for Interstate and Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) Work Zones

June 6, 2024
Discover innovative strategies for safer and more efficient road work zones. Explore real-world examples of pavement rehab, median barrier replacement, and accelerated bridge construction projects.

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2024 
Time: 2:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM CT / 11:00 AM PT
Duration: 30 Minutes

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Summary

The natural aging of existing roadway infrastructure globally leads to a rise in road work zones for maintenance and rehabilitation. Effective transportation management plans for road projects are essential to minimize traffic delays, ensure safety for motorists and workers, adhere to project schedules, and maintain access for businesses and residents. This presentation emphasizes safety and mobility through examples of pavement rehabilitation, median barrier replacement, and ABC projects.

Strategic maintenance of traffic (MOT) plans and construction sequencing for High Volume-High Speed roadway projects address safe access to and from the work zone with minimal impact on road users. When freeway lanes are occupied due to construction, user delay costs can escalate to millions and lead to community outrage over congestion and safety issues. Non-peak lane closures using plastic delineation is the least expensive way to reduce user delay cost and separate the work zone from travel lanes. However, flexible positive protection options exist. Moveable barrier technology mitigates traffic congestion by quickly establishing lane reconfiguration, under traffic, with the benefit of positive protection to increase work zone safety.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the importance of safety-first approach to traffic management plans where mobility is also critical
  2. Learn from real-world infrastructure rehabilitation and ABC project summaries around mobility and safety
  3. Learn about technology-based solutions for safety and mobility in interstate and ABC work zones

Speakers

Mark has been involved with several Safety Related Technologies and Solutions relating to Traffic Management, Congestion Mitigation and Commuter Safety for over 10 years. In his role with Lindsay over the past five years, Mark works to help DOTs keep the commuting public moving, reduce the timelines in roadway construction projects, and provide positive protection to contractors.

Smita is a transportation engineer who has worked on various research and consulting projects in transportation engineering, planning and GIS. Due to the breadth of her work and educational experience, she considers herself a problem-solver capable of analyzing issues using both top-down and bottom-up approaches. Currently, she leads Applications Engineering (AE) for Road Zipper at Lindsay. Her role includes overseeing Road Zipper's major projects working closely with the commercial team and the customers.

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