Revolutionary Connected Vehicle Program Granted $1.5 Million to Enhance Work Zone Safety in Wyoming

Wyoming receives $1.5 million federal grant for technology initiative

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has recently been awarded a $1.5 million grant 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 provide drivers with real-time information about delays, width restrictions, reduced speed limits, and the presence of workers in work zones across the nation. WYDOT Director Darin Westby stated, “This technology will give drivers a more transparent and accurate representation of what a specific work zone looks like on a given day.”

Once implemented, the system will improve the safety of employees, contractors, and drivers in work zones by providing them with better information to navigate safely through these areas. WYDOT will join other states in adopting new Federal Work Zone Data Exchange standards as part of this initiative.

A total of 34 states received grants under this program, 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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