Work-Zone

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...
News June 29, 2015
Forty-six percent of highway contractors reported motor vehicle crashes in their construction work zones during the past year, according to a highway work zone study by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).   The results of the study also urge drivers to take extra precautions as...
News June 12, 2015
A state Division of Highways (DOH) worker was killed in a work zone after being struck by an “out-of-control” vehicle in Wood County, W.V., on U.S. Route 50.   Police said Randall W. Bland, 49, died of serious leg injuries and seven other people were taken to hospitals including a second DOH worker...
Article June 09, 2015
Nighttime work zones along roadways can be challenging environments for workers and drivers alike. Setting up and taking down the trailer-mounted light towers used by many construction workers is time-consuming and tedious. Aiming the lights on these towers to maximize visibility while preventing...
Article June 09, 2015
Closely spaced driveways in a Florida work zone.   Identifying business driveways in a roadway construction zone can be difficult, particularly at night.   Darkness can mask visual cues that are available to help drivers during the daytime. In addition, the driveway drums are the same as all the...
Article June 09, 2015
Longitudinal pavement markings include edge lines, centerlines and lane lines on multilane roadways. While pavement markings have been in use for more than 100 years now and their inherent value generally goes unchallenged, there are still key unknowns when trying to quantify the benefits of...
Article June 09, 2015
Mobile work zones are used for many road-maintenance operations such as roadway striping, sweeping and minor pothole repair.   The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) includes some guidance for the layout of mobile work zones. A typical layout involves the use of shadow vehicles,...
Article January 05, 2015
Navigating work zones can be challenging for all pedestrians. However, it’s especially difficult for people who are blind or visually impaired. Due to differences in spatial perception as compared to sighted travelers, people with vision impairment usually encounter physical or information barriers...
Article June 24, 2014
Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) are being increasingly deployed in work zones to improve traffic operations and safety. Also known as smart work-zone systems, these deployments provide real-time information to travelers, monitor traffic conditions and manage incidents. Despite numerous ITS...
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