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Drone Video Footage Helps Washington State Engineers Monitor Unstable Rock Slide Area

Via AASHTO Journal

When part of a steep hillside gave way March 13 in southwestern Washington and emptied debris onto part of State Route 503 near Woodland, the Washington State Department of Transportation needed to assess slope conditions before trying to clear the road.

So engineers sent up an aerial drone, which delivered video (below) that helped showed how unstable the hillside might still be. Read More

How Do I Deliver My Traffic Operations Program? By Dean H Gustafson, PE, PTOE State Operations Engineer, Virginia DOT

Every State DOT and locality is trying to improve how they operate their transportation system.  Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSM&O) has several key building blocks: 

•    Transportation Management Center (TMC), 
•    Freeway Service Patrol (FSP)
•    Maintenance of field ITS devices
•    Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS)

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My NOCoE SouthEast Peer Exchange Experience By Melissa Eckert

The National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) organized and facilitated the 2016 Southeast Peer Exchange that included representatives from the I-95 Corridor Coalition, the North Carolina DOT, the South Carolina DOT, the Florida DOT and the Virginia DOT. I was given the opportunity to represent the Florida DOT with a colleague of mine from our Central Office. Read More

USDOT Releases New Fact Sheets on the Connected Vehicle Pilots

The USDOT has released new fact sheets on each of the three pilot deployment sites—New York City; Wyoming; and Tampa, Florida. As part of the USDOT’s Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program, these sites are designing, building, and testing the nation’s most complex and extensive deployment of integrated wireless in-vehicle, mobile device, and roadside technologies. 
                           
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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. Read More

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.   Read More