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Caltrans traffic data earns safety grant

The California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently awarded a grant to Caltrans to improve its traffic data capturing equipment. Replacing this equipment will allow Caltrans to more accurately gather images and information about traveling on the State Highway System. The Model Inventory of Roadway Elements (MIRE) data grant. Read More »

San Francisco Bay Bridge pier implosion an environmental success

Caltrans labeled last month's efforts to protect wildlife a success during the implosion of San Francisco Bay Bridge Pier E3. A series of small charges, referred to as a "bubble curtain," rather than large explosives was used to implode the bridge. The bubble curtain system allowed the pier to collapse into voids within its foundation, minimizing environmental impact. Read More »

CDOT tests novel safety feature for crosswalks in Sacramento

The CDOT recently scheduled a demonstration of the new safety features that they have added in crosswalks throughout the city of Sacramento. This innovative safety feature is YPB, a yellow border comprised of LED lights. The border encompasses the signal head as soon as a pedestrian presses the cross button, alerting drivers to pedestrians who are looking to cross.  Read More »

Caltrans faults Bay Bridge contractors for delay

Caltrans officials recently moved to gain approval from the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee (TBPOC) to end Caltrans’ contract and hold American Bridge/Fluor accountable for the delays and fault work in the Bay Bridge project, but before any further action can be taken in ending the contract and starting negotiations about penalties and damages, the project’s governing body (TBPOC), developed by the legislature, must grant its approval of entire legal process. Read More »

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