WYDOT Granted $1.5 Million to Improve Work Zone Safety with Connected Vehicle Programs

Wyoming receives $1.5 million federal grant for technology initiative

Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has recently been granted $1.5 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation to enhance work zone safety through connected vehicle programs. The grant will be used to develop a Situation Data Exchange system in collaboration with engineering firm Trihydro Corp, which will allow WYDOT to directly communicate with drivers about work zone hazards. These hazards include delays, width restrictions, reduced speed limits, and the presence of workers.

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, this system will improve the safety of employees, contractors, and drivers in work zones by providing automated driving systems and drivers with better information to navigate safely through them.

The initiative is part of a larger program that aims to make work zones safer for everyone involved and increase awareness among drivers to reduce accidents and improve overall road safety. A total of 34 states received grants, which do not require matching funds and cover program development and implementation costs. This grant will help WYDOT join other states in adopting new Federal Work Zone Data Exchange standards.

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