New Federal Grant Helps Improve Work Zone Safety in Wyoming: WYDOT Set to Implement Situation Data Exchange System

Wyoming receives $1.5 million federal grant for technology initiative

In a bid to improve work zone safety, the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has been granted $1.5 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant is part of the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation program, which aims to develop connected vehicle programs that can communicate with drivers regarding work zone hazards in real-time.

With this funding, WYDOT will be able to implement a Situation Data Exchange system developed in collaboration with engineering firm Trihydro Corp. This system will help define work zones more clearly on WYDOT’s 511 traveler information tools and provide 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.” By providing real-time information about work zone hazards, this system will help reduce accidents and improve overall road safety.

Once implemented, WYDOT will join other states in adopting new Federal Work Zone Data Exchange standards. A total of 34 states received grants under this initiative, which do not require matching funds and cover program development and implementation costs. This initiative aims to make work zones safer for everyone involved by providing real-time information about work zone hazards and increasing awareness among drivers about the importance of following traffic rules in these areas.

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