Thermal imaging technology that can spot pedestrians and cyclists and activate a walk or bike signal are about 98% accurate, says FLIR Systems. Washington County, Ore., is the latest to add the company's technology to traffic lights.
Making electric vehicle batteries using polymetallic nodules found on the ocean floor could reduce emissions involved in battery material mining on land by up to 75%, finds research from the University of Delaware. The method would also be less disruptive, researchers said.
IBTTA's Task Force on Diversity, Social, and Racial Inclusion has incorporated Diversity Spotlight content into IBTTA publications and raised $10,000 to support two scholarships for students who attend Black colleges and universities. The task force next aims to partner with the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials to strengthen IBTTA's contribution to the industry's diversity.
In August, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority saw the first month with a year-over-year increase in heavy truck traffic since the coronavirus pandemic began. However, several trucks also struck bridges during the month, probably due to improperly secured loads, according to Tim Gatz, Oklahoma's secretary of transportation.
Construction has begun on 11 new miles of express lanes and road infrastructure on southbound I-680 in Walnut Creek, Calif. Bay Cities Paving & Grading is the general contractor for the project, which is part of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's plan to add 550 miles of express lanes in the San Francisco Bay Area by 2035.
The Indonesian government has mapped plans for a $6.76 billion project that will add eight toll roads covering 1,864 miles in the growth centers of Java and Bali. Construction is expected to begin by the end of the year or early in 2021.
Hawaii became the 30th state to permit testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads when Gov. David Ige signed Act 021 into law. The law allows the state Department of Transportation to issue permits for companies to test autonomous vehicle technology with a human operator present.
Major construction on the $900 million Pennsylvania Turnpike toll road near Pittsburgh International Airport is entering its final year. The 13-mile road will connect I-79 near Southpointe with Route 22, and five of the seven sections are nearly finished now.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation is seeking public input through Oct. 13 on a project to convert the Cross Island Parkway in Hilton Head Island to a non-tolled roadway. Tolling on the parkway is scheduled to expire next year.
The Florida Turnpike Enterprise has extended the waiver of tolls on the Garcon Point Bridge in Santa Rosa County for 30 days to Oct. 23. Also, a temporary traffic signal was installed at the intersection of Florida SR 281 and I-10 in Santa Rosa County.
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