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Connected Vehicle Programs: Wyoming’s $1.5 Million Grant for Enhanced Work Zone Safety

Wyoming receives $1.5 million federal grant for technology initiative

Connected Vehicle Programs: Wyoming’s $1.5 Million Grant for Enhanced Work Zone Safety

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to enhance work zone safety through connected vehicle programs. This funding will allow WYDOT to directly communicate with drivers regarding work zone hazards using a Situation Data Exchange system developed in collaboration with engineering firm Trihydro Corp.

With this system, WYDOT will be able to provide drivers with real-time information about work zones, including delays, width restrictions, reduced speed limits, and the presence of workers. This will enable drivers to navigate safely through work zones and improve overall road safety. Additionally, third parties will have access to this information, allowing them to better plan their routes and avoid potential accidents.

WYDOT Director Darin Westby stated that the technology will give drivers a more transparent and accurate representation of what a specific work zone looks like on a given day. Once implemented, the system will improve the safety of employees, contractors, and drivers in work zones by providing them with the necessary information to make informed decisions about their routes and actions.

Upon completion of the project, WYDOT will join other states in adopting new Federal Work Zone Data Exchange standards. A total of 34 states received grants for this initiative, which do not require matching funds and cover program development and implementation costs. By implementing these standards across the nation, the initiative aims to make work zones safer for everyone involved and increase awareness among drivers to reduce accidents and improve overall road safety.

In conclusion, this grant is an important step towards improving safety in work zones across the nation. With connected vehicle programs like this one in place, drivers can make more informed decisions about their routes and avoid potential accidents that could occur in these areas.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to enhance work zone safety through connected vehicle programs.

With this funding, WYDOT will be able to develop a Situation Data Exchange system that allows direct communication between drivers and work zone personnel regarding hazards such as delays, width restrictions

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