This week, a major national outreach program was initiated to support the development of the Second Edition of the Highway Safety Manual (HSM). The current outreach effort includes a broad-based survey of current HSM users that will provide the research team with both a sense of how the HSM is being used, as well as where it usability, accessibility and technical content can be improved. The survey can be accessed at the new “HSM2 Development Website” at www.hsm2.org.
Respondents are being asked to complete and submit the survey and their suggestions by February 15, 2016.
“Separated bike lanes are a new concept in Portsmouth, so we wanted to give the community a chance to see how they might work. It helps us actually show people what the possibilities are in the context of the actual setting rather than using photos from other places.” - Juliet Walker, AICP Transportation Planner with the City of Portsmouth
Montana State University's Summer Transportation Institute, established in 2005 with a grant from the Federal Highway Administration, helps to increase diversity within the profession and boost awareness of transportation careers among underrepresented middle and high school students.
On April 22, the League of American Bicyclists awarded 161 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB) in 46 states and Washington, D.C. The BFB list now includes more than 950 businesses that are transforming the American workplace.
An estimated $500 million in transportation funding will soon be available through the seventh round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program overseen by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).
As the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) planned for a new roundabout on US 20 at Barclay Drive in Sisters, the freight industry expressed concern about whether large trucks would be able to navigate the roundabout safely and efficiently. In order to address those concerns, ODOT recently staged a series of roundabout testing sessions in Redmond and Portland. The first took place at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds, where a variety of truck and trailer combinations were invited to negotiate a test roundabout.
Held Feb. 4 in the Alaska Airlines Center, the four-hour fair showcased a diverse array of nearly 60 projects representing planning efforts and existing plans for all transportation modes within Anchorage. The free, family-friendly event was a collaboration of the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF), Municipality of Anchorage, Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility, Alaska Railroad and Port of Anchorage.
Jim Amundsen, Central Region Highway Design Group Chief for Alaska DOT&PF, says this year marked the fair’s return since similar events were held in 2007 and 2008. He notes that both the attendees and the participating agencies benefit from the experience.
Municipal leaders and planners from Bend, Redmond, Madras, La Pine, ODOT Region 4, and Jefferson and Deschutes counties find a collaborative way to enhance the US 97 corridor's performance, safety and accessibility, while also identifying funding mechanisms and a governance system effective for everyone along the corridor.
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