Connected Safety in Work Zones: Wyoming Receives $1.5 Million Grant to Improve Work Zone Hazard Communication through Technology

Wyoming receives $1.5 million federal grant for technology initiative

In a recent development, the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) was granted $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation 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.

The 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. 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, 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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