The Murphy administration announced that the New Jersey Transportation Infrastructure Bank is now offering low-interest loans to municipalities and counties to help them reduce the overall cost of local transportation projects.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced its first ever accelerated innovation deployment (AID) grant award from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to better manage the state’s roads during weather events.
With new innovations in LED technology, great strides have been taken to equip police vehicles with efficient, brighter lighting to enhance the visibility of police cars and emergency vehicles when they are responding to a call, enforcing the law, or saving a life.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced it is pursuing an update to the “Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways” (MUTCD) in preparation for the future of automated vehicles and to afford states and local communities with more opportunities to use innovation.
As an increasing number of local and regional transportation agencies are committing to the vision of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries and developing and implementing their own transportation safety plans. This FHWA guide will help them do it right.
Connected directly to a drone’s video feed, first-person view (FPV) goggles allow bridge inspectors to get up close and personal with the components they are examining. FPVs provide a perspective that is equivalent to what they would see from about three feet away.
According to national traffic data from USDOT, severe and fatal crashes are on the rise across the country, increasing 5.6 percent from 2015 to 2016. These two approaches can bring that number back down.
The December 31, 2018, sunset date for “new permanent installations and full replacements of cable barriers, cable barrier terminals and crash cushions” now only pertains to crash cushions. See important clarification on MASH Implementation site. Photo: WSDOT.
FHWA is pushing the Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) program to address safety at uncontrolled crossings by promoting crosswalk visibility enhancements, raised crosswalks, pedestrian refuge islands, pedestrian hybrid beacons (PHBs), and Road Diets.
Innovation Exchange events bring transportation leaders to the table to share ideas and out-of-the-box practices with proven results. View past webinars or stay in the loop for future events on the Office of Innovative Program Delivery exchange page.
OSHA's silica standards require employers to limit workers’ exposure and take steps to protect them from respirable crystalline silica. OSHA has several new resources to help employers meet the standard’s requirements.
NJDOT officials extended the application deadline for the federally-funded Safe Routes to School grants to September 18, 2018, giving schools additional time to gather information they need to be eligible for a grant.
NJDOT announced the first awards in the new Local Freight Impact Fund program totaling $30.1 million to help municipalities safely manage large truck traffic. It is supported by the gas tax that was part of the 2016 TTF reauthorization.
NJ STIC held its annual spring meeting on April 4, 2018. Presentations included updates on status of STIC projects, overviews of select projects and outreach efforts, and a roundtable discussion. Presentations are posted on the NJDOT tech transfer website.
The American Public Works Association (APWA) is proud to announce creation of a national “Public Works First Responder” symbol that recognizes public works professionals’ federally mandated role as first responders.
NJDOT received approval (IA-5.29) on “Use of Clearview Font for Positive Contrast Legends on Guide Signs” (IA-5). This allows all New Jersey local transportation agencies to use the Clearview font, which research shows has improved legibility, on guide signs if they so choose.
FHWA acting administrator Brandye Hendrickson has announced the fifth round of the agency’s Every Day Counts (EDC) program, 10 selected proven, yet underutilized innovations to enhance safety, reduce congestion, shorten project timelines, and improve sustainability.
USDOT launched a national competition, Solving for Safety: Visualization Challenge, for crash data analysis innovations. Competition is open to local government personnel, data scientists, academics, and safety experts.
FHWA and the National Association of County Engineers helped 25 counties in California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, Ohio, and Wisconsin develop Local Road Safety Plans. LSRPs provide a framework for local agencies to identify specific conditions that contribute to severe crashes.
New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti announced the department is offering one-on-one training sessions for local-government agency representatives interested in applying for the Safe Routes to School Program grants.
FHWA has been rolling out pavement technologies for construction and maintenance of roadway surfaces that can potentially save money, increase safety, and improve performance. The agency also is facilitating their use across the country.
The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is accepting applications for projects relating to surface transportation. TAP provides federal funds for community-based “non-traditional” projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the nation’s intermodal system.
“Expect the unexpected” when driving in and around work zones. Speed limits and traffic lanes may change and workers may be on or near the road. Diamond-shaped orange warning signs are posted. Stay alert, slow down, and obey flaggers. Read tips for safe driving on this handy sheet.
The Every Day Counts webinar series is a new library that allows you to learn more about EDC innovations on demand. Current topics available include stakeholder partnering, data-driven safety analysis, and collaborative hydraulics: advancing to the next generation of engineering.
OSHA Education Centers in Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas, are jointly hosting a free WebEx presentation on silica hazards from March 5 to 9, 2018. This is open to anyone in the country. It focuses on best prevention practices and silica standards compliance for construction and industry.
The goal of “Road to Zero” is to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2050. Coalition members develop priorities; take action individually and collaboratively; and encourage partners and stakeholders to help ensure safe mobility for all people.
CAIT expert briefed NJDOT on “gee whiz” automated systems and advanced technologies developed at the center that give bridge owners a picture of bridge health inside and out, and accelerated testing that indicates how they may hold up over time.
Ride-sharing services are beginning to integrate with existing public transit to provide multimodal transportation for commuters. APTA published a study showing services like Uber and Lyft can complement fixed routes of traditional transit.
EDC-4 Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) tech sheets, complete with stats and clear graphics, provide information on safety benefits and design considerations for five STEP countermeasures.
Ask professional engineer and NJLTAP team member Lloyd Jacobs your transportation project questions. This issue, Lloyd answers questions about requirements for “responsible charges” and reimbursable costs on federally-funded projects.
Roadway departure crashes are among the most severe type of motor vehicle accidents. There are many contributing factors to these crashes and several safety measures that can reduce the number and/or severity of run-off-road and head-on collisions that occur when a vehicle strays from its proper travel lane.
About 25 percent of fatal accidents in work zones involve large commercial vehicles. That’s about one fatality every three days. According to Texas A&M research, there are two main categories for countermeasures that could bring this number down.
FHWA’s Safety Design Team recently completed safety analysis research on pavement using state-of-the-art 3D ultra-laser imaging data collection that incorporates higher data resolution and an integrated data platform.
The Connecticut Local Safety Data Integration Peer Exchange is designed to help state, tribal, and local agencies identify cost-effective ways to develop and use safety data systems on all public roads and is an opportunity for agencies to discuss data sharing systems and data governance.
FHWA is promoting ultra-high performance concrete to improve the strength, simplicity, and durability of prefabricated bridge element connections. This innovation builds on field experience of dozens of states in the U.S. since 2009.
NJDOT has released its strategic plan, establishing its organizational objectives for 2018–2022. It reflects the Secretary’s priorities for achieving the agency’s mission through four strategic goals; Safety, Infrastructure, Innovation, and Accountability.
CAIT director Dr. Ali Maher and civil engineering professor Dr. Franklin Moon offered their thoughts on New Jersey infrastructure and encouraged lawmakers to view researchers in higher education as a resource and partner for finding solutions to the state’s pressing issues.