Revolutionizing Work Zone Safety: Wyoming’s Award-Winning Connected Vehicle Program

Wyoming receives $1.5 million federal grant for technology initiative

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently granted the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) a $1.5 million Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation grant to enhance work zone safety through connected vehicle programs. With this funding, WYDOT will be able to directly communicate with drivers regarding work zone hazards using a Situation Data Exchange system developed in collaboration with engineering firm Trihydro Corp.

These hazards include delays, width restrictions, reduced speed limits, and the presence of workers. Additionally, third parties will have access to the connected vehicle information. This system will help define work zones more clearly on WYDOT’s 511 traveler information tools, providing automated driving systems and drivers with better information to navigate safely through work zones across the nation.

WYDOT Director Darin Westby stated, “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.

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

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