Wyoming receives $1.5 million federal grant for technology initiative

WYDOT Receives $1.5 Million for Work Zone Safety through Connected Vehicle Programs

Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has been granted $1.5 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve work zone safety through connected vehicle programs. This funding will allow WYDOT to develop a Situation Data Exchange system in collaboration with engineering firm Trihydro Corp., which will enable direct communication with drivers regarding work zone hazards. The hazards include delays, width restrictions, reduced speed limits, and the presence of workers.

With this new technology, WYDOT’s 511 traveler information tools will provide automated driving systems and drivers with better information to navigate safely through work zones across the nation. 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, improving the safety of employees, contractors, and drivers in work zones.

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, which cover program development and implementation costs without requiring matching funds. The 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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