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.
Message from the Director
By Patrick Son
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)
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.
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.
FHWA, through the Every Day Counts program, recently posted information on using data to improve traffic incident management. This includes a fact sheet on the topic that recommends collecting data on three TIM performance elements: duration time of lane closure, time responders are on-scene, and number of secondary crashes.
Via ITE Journal
December of 2016, NOCoE held a contest for college students interested in TSMO. The winners were to submit a video explaining why TSMO matters to them as prospective transportation professionals.
Shared by Jon Obenberger, TRB
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.