The US Department of Transportation recently awarded the Wyoming Department of Transportation (VIDOT) a $1.5 million grant to enhance mobility and revolutionize transportation through connected vehicle programs. This will enable VIDOT to communicate directly with drivers about hazards in work zones, using its data exchange system and partner engineering firm Trihydro Corp.

Hazards include delays, width restrictions, reduced speed limits, and the presence of workers. Third parties will also make available information about connected vehicles to drivers. The system will define work zones on VIDOT’s 511 passenger information tools and provide automated driving systems and drivers with better information to safely navigate work zones across the country.

“The technology will give drivers a more transparent and accurate view of what a particular work zone looks like on a given day,” said VIDOT Director Darrin Westby. “Once complete, the information will make our employees and contractors working on these projects, as well as the people who walk through them, much safer.” With this grant, VIDOT will become the last state to adopt new standards for exchanging federal work zone data.

Thirty-four states received grants for program development and implementation. Unlike previous grants, these do not require matching funds from state governments or local governments.

By Samantha Johnson

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