New $1.5 Million Grant to Enhance Work Zone Safety with Connected Vehicle Programs in Wyoming

Wyoming receives $1.5 million federal grant for technology initiative

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has recently been granted $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to enhance work zone safety through connected vehicle programs. This funding will allow WYDOT to directly communicate with drivers regarding work zone hazards using a Situation Data Exchange system developed in collaboration with engineering firm Trihydro Corp.

The 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. With this technology, drivers will have a more transparent and accurate representation of what a specific work zone looks like on a given day, improving 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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