Wyoming receives $1.5 million federal grant for technology initiative
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Wyoming Department of Transportation Awarded $1.5 Million for Enhanced Work Zone Safety through Connected Vehicle Programs

Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has been awarded $1.5 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation to enhance work zone safety through connected vehicle programs. The grant will be used to develop a Situation Data Exchange system in collaboration with engineering firm Trihydro Corp., which will allow WYDOT to directly communicate with drivers regarding work zone hazards.

The connected vehicle information will include delays, width restrictions, reduced speed limits, and the presence of workers. This 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.

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.” Once implemented, the system will improve 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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