ITS America Member Webinar: Delivering a Blueprint for Work Zone Digitization to Save Lives
In 2021, the United States experienced a spike in work zone fatalities with 956 total deaths and an estimated 42,000 injuries, continuing a disturbing trend that’s been increasing since 2011. Meanwhile, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) promises to accelerate the transportation construction industry by increasing road work and lane closures and guaranteeing more interaction than ever between road workers and vehicles. So how can agencies facing this perfect storm grow and maintain their infrastructure while protecting their workers? Join ITS America and member one.network, for an insightful webinar that provides agencies with a blueprint on how to save lives in work zones using data.
Digitizing the work zone and alerting drivers about changing road conditions at the right time and place, is key. Webinar participants will discuss how budget constrained agencies can quickly, effectively and efficiently deploy technologies to meet their Vision Zero goals. The Florida Department of Transportation will demonstrate how they rolled out a statewide Lane Closure Notification System using one.network’s Live Link digital work zone lane closure solution. In just over a year, the agency has trained more than 2,000 employees and contractors and digitally published over 13,000 construction lane closures from the roadside and transmitted them to major navigation providers. A Google GIS leader will explain how delivering information to GPS providers in an appropriate format is key to getting life-saving work zone information into the hands of drivers. He will offer insight and tangible strategies on working with data companies. Rounding out the panel, a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) representative will address how the agency’s first major effort to standardize work zone data, the Work Zone Data Exchange (WZDx), has matured and is transitioning into the Connected Work Zone (CWZ) standard, removing potential barriers to widespread adoption.