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Georgia DOT Announcnes Nation's First Statewide Freeway Patrol Service with Launch of "CHAMP"

Starting today, motorists in Georgia will begin to experience the benefits of a new statewide program that enhances highway safety and provides them with roadside assistance when they need it. The
Georgia Department of Transportation’s 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.

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North Carolina DOT Works to Integrate Drones in Emergency Response

Via NCDOT press release

The N.C. Department of Transportation is exploring how to best implement unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, into future disaster relief efforts. The department’s Division of Aviation recently collaborated with nearly 50 state and local government agencies and industry researchers for a three-day workshop, which included interactive demonstrations of drone operations in simulated scenarios.  

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Colorado DOT Making Moves to Create Safer Highways for Truck Drivers

Via Roads & Bridges

The Challenge:

When it snows in Vail, Colorado, it’s a skier’s dream—but for drivers, especially of trucks maneuvering steep mountain roads, it can be treacherous. To make things safer, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) wanted to widen I-70 at both sides of mountain pass locations to allow trucks to pull off and safely chain-up their wheels.

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Decision Support Systems for Performance-Based TSMO: TRB Workshop Accelerates Exploration

The principles and technologies of Decision Support Systems (DSS) are being innovatively adapted to advance Transportation Systems Management & Operations (TSMO).  Specific examples and associated concepts and opportunities were explored for the second year in a row at a TSMO DSS Workshop at the TRB Annual Meeting.  The workshop highlighted how Connected Data Systems and other emerging sources of data for transportation operations are both enabling and challenging our capacity for performance-based TSMO.  DSS evolved in the last half of the 20th Century as a computer-based se

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