Hawaii’s Department of Transportation (HDOT) progressive plan for a more resilient highway system has a lot to offer those considering an approach to climatic adaptation and mitigating natural hazard disasters. Considering the MAASTO region’s frequent work to mitigate natural hazard disasters, taking a look at Hawaii’s approach provides insights to asset and hazard identification, and […]
The University of Wisconsin at Madison under the FHWA Work Zone Safety Grant Program developed the Oversize/Overweight Vehicle Accommodation in Work Zones document as part of their Work Zone Design Series training. It provides information on how to consider accommodating and mitigating oversize and overweight vehicles in work zones. The Work Zone Designer Series: Oversize/Overweight […]
Regarding progression towards autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles, the question of who is driving and who is responsible in the case of a crash has so far been deftly sidestepped. Read “Placing Blame: Liability Questions Loom Over Autonomous Vehicles” on the Govtech.com website for a discussion about how insurance and liability will need to be addressed […]
The 2021 Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) Annual Meeting. Aug. 30, 31, and Sept. 1, 2021, at the Hotel Fairmont Chicago – Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois. Visit the MAASTO annual meeting website for more information: http://www.maasto.net/2021maastoannualmeeting/
“Midwest states continue to work together to ensure residents, businesses and agencies are positioned to take advantage of connected and automated vehicle technology. Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary-designee Craig Thompson, Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Omer Osman and Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher discuss the future of transportation…” Multistate collaboration will be […]
The purpose of this report is to provide an understanding of truck platooning and how this technology can be adopted across MAASTO freight corridors in a uniform manner. Coordinated regulations across state boundaries will better serve and meet the needs of the industry. The overall goal is to develop a Midwest Truck Platooning Regulatory Model that provides for harmonization of regulations governing truck platooning across the MAASTO region.
Wisconsin’s marine freight system is a tremendous asset for both a strong economy as well as a healthy environment in the state. And research conducted through the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is helping multiple organizations and agencies target priority projects as they create and implement plans for the state’s freight infrastructure and economic development.
Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is holding five meetings throughout the state in order to share information and collect input on the draft State Freight Plan. The plan was released at the end of September and can be downloaded from the WisDOT website. The public comment period ends on November 14th.
MAFC researchers recently completed a short whitepaper entitled Benefits and Limitations of J-Turn Intersections. This report provides a review of the safety and operational dimensions, including benefits and limitations, of J-turn intersection designs. Special accommodations and limitations of J-turn intersections for trucks, buses, and oversize/overweight (OSOW) vehicles. Read the whitepaper.
Eight of the ten MAFC states–Kansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin–have been awarded a 2015 TIGER grant for a Regional Truck Parking Information and Management System. MAFC researchers supported this TIGER application with a synthesis of the literature and previous efforts to study, test, and implement a range of truck parking information systems […]