Officials Participate in Traffic Incident Management Training

The Arizona Department of Public Safety conducted a modified version of the national traffic incident management responder training for local Mexican fire, law enforcement, emergency management, and transportation officials. The March 18 session in Nogales, Mexico, was designed to improve responder and motorist safety while more effectively clearing crash scenes. The session featured a Spanish version of the video developed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police Transportation Incident Management Subcommittee and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

FHWA held a March 27 Web conference on "Traffic Incident Management Train the Trainer: Keeping the Momentum Going." The session was aimed at jurisdictions that have held a second Strategic Highway Research Program train-the-trainer course and needed help getting to the next step. The Webinar featured speakers from Ohio’s traffic incident management team.

Delaware Showcases Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Integrated Bridge System

Representatives of local and State governments and private industry got an up-close look at a geosynthetic reinforced soil integrated bridge system (GRS-IBS) at a March 27 showcase in Delaware. They visited Bridge I-366 on Chesapeake City Road in New Castle County after attending a workshop on the new technology and the design, construction, and monitoring plans for the bridge. In the future, the Delaware Department of Transportation would like to use GRS-IBS for applicable bridge replacement projects done by its maintenance forces. The agency already plans to use it on a location damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

Workshop Features 3-D Modeling

More than 150 New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) staff, consultants, contractors, software developers, and academics attended a March 27 Civil Integrated Management Workshop in Albany, NY. Speakers discussed best practices and the future of three-, four-, five-, and six-dimensional modeling. FHWA Deputy Administrator Gregory Nadeau also discussed the Every Day Counts initiative to shorten project delivery. Event cohosts included NYSDOT, the Associated General Contractors of New York State and America, The American Road & Transportation Builders Association, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and FHWA.