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In recent news, the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) a $1.5 million grant to create smarter work zones through connected vehicle programs. This grant will enable WYDOT to communicate directly to drivers about work zone hazards using a Situation Data Exchange system that they developed in partnership with engineering firm Trihydro Corp. The system will provide real-time information on delays, width restrictions, reduced speed limits, and whether workers are present.

This technology will give drivers a more transparent and accurate representation of what a specific work zone looks like on any given day, which will help them navigate safely through these areas. As a result, WYDOT’s employees and contractors working on these projects, as well as the folks driving through them, will be much safer once the system is operational. Once completed, WYDOT will become the latest state to adopt new Federal Work Zone Data Exchange standards.

The grants were awarded to 34 states across the country and do not require matching funds from each state’s budget. The grants include funding for program development and implementation, which means that states can begin implementing this technology immediately without worrying about additional financial resources or matching funds. This is an exciting development for transportation infrastructure in the United States and could lead to safer travel conditions for all drivers in work zones nationwide.

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