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Article August 16, 2017
It has been 100 years since our industry started using pavement markings to separate travel lanes and provide delineation; in 1917, a center line was painted to increase safety along a sharp curve in Marquette County, Mich.   Since that time, pavement markings have been designed, specified and...
IDOT TRS developmental layout specification (as shown as Figure 4 in the Report).

IDOT TRS developmental layout specification (as shown as Figure 4 in the Report).

Case Studies June 30, 2017
The Center for Transportation Research and Education (CTRE) at Iowa State University develops methods and technologies to improve transportation safety and reliability.   Last month, CTRE issued a Final Report titled “Field Measurements on the Effect of Temporary Rumble Strips in Work Zone Flagging...
Article June 12, 2017
Roadway construction already is a dangerous working environment with over 700 fatalities annually in work zones alone. With connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) beginning to launch on our roadways, workers and motorists will have even more dangers facing them each day. Because the majority of...
Article June 05, 2017
The Traffic Critical Projects (TCP) program was started in 2014 by members of the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) Offices of Traffic Operations and Traffic and Safety.   A call to action from department management prioritized safety and mobility within work zones leading to the...
University of Minnesota construction zone alert app

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News May 30, 2017
The University of Minnesota (U of M) Center for Transportation Studies has developed an app that will pair directly with technology in construction areas to alert drivers approaching work zones.   Workers can send messages to drivers as they approach construction zones. The idea is not for the...
News May 23, 2017
Today, 3M and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced they are partnering to utilize connected-vehicle technologies along more than three miles of I-75. Using roadway solutions from 3M, the current I-75 work zone in Oakland County will be transformed over the course of four...
News May 01, 2017
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, which discusses implementing intelligent work-zone safety features on construction projects.
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...

The I-55 Stevenson Expressway linking Lake Shore Drive in Chicago is one major project continuing for IDOT in 2017

Article April 03, 2017
Back in August 2016, the editorial staff of Roads & Bridges covered the progress of Chicago’s Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction project. One of the signature accomplishments over the last year for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) was the completion of the westbound flyover...
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,...
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 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...
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...
News November 21, 2016
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has issued final revised rules for its walking-working surfaces and fall protection standards, a change the agency estimated will affect 112 million workers at 7 million job sites.   The agency said the biggest change is that employers will...
Case Studies August 25, 2016
To improve both work-zone and worker safety, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission tested temporary portable rumble strips (TPRS, or rumble strips) in September and October of 2015.   The goal was to test the effectiveness of TPRS in short-term work zones. Specifically, to determine if TPRS would “…...
News August 01, 2016
The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) recently announced the winners of its 2015 Asphalt Operations Safety Innovation Award, as well as the winners and finalists of its Operational Excellence Awards. Both series of special recognition were made at a special ceremony during the...

BoardWalk Ramp installed at County Courthouse, March 15, 2016 (with dimensions added).

Case Studies June 30, 2016
Cleveland, Ohio, the county seat of Cuyahoga County, has made some news recently. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Championship, and the parade that followed, attended by about 1.3 million people, also made national news.     Since the Cavs won, the city’s equally beloved baseball team, the...
Article June 08, 2016
One year, Life magazine dubbed it, “the loneliest road in America.”   It was Nevada’s U.S. Rte. 50, and to this day it still can oftentimes be a vast desert wasteland that surrounds hundreds of miles of lonely asphalt. At times, traveling this road can be so mundane that a motorist might innocently...
News September 15, 2015
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) will continue to provide highway work zone safety training classes in 2016, funded by a new federal safety grant the association earned.  The association will use the $120,000 Susan Harwood Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to offer...
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