Connected Vehicle Technology to Improve Work Zone Safety in Wyoming: $1.5 Million Grant Unveiled

Wyoming receives $1.5 million federal grant for technology initiative

Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has been awarded a $1.5 million grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve work zone safety through connected vehicle programs. The funding will be used to develop and implement a Situation Data Exchange system, which will allow WYDOT to communicate with drivers about work zone hazards in real-time.

The system will use data from connected vehicles to provide drivers with more accurate and transparent information about work zones, including delays, width restrictions, reduced speed limits, and the presence of workers. This will enable drivers to navigate safely through work zones and reduce the risk of accidents.

WYDOT Director Darin Westby stated that the technology will help define work zones more clearly on WYDOT’s 511 traveler information tools. This will improve the safety of employees, contractors, and drivers in work zones by providing them with better information to navigate safely through them.

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 for this initiative, which do not require matching funds and cover program development and implementation costs. The goal is 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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