Bridging The Gap: New Device May be FDOT’s Missing Link in Assessing Bridges

It’s early morning and a group of bridge inspectors are running through their checklist of field equipment they need for the day ahead. Reflective vest and hardhat? Check. Car keys? Check. Coffee? Check. After pulling up to the site and getting situated, they head to the bridge to get started. Bridges on Florida’s State Highway … Continue reading Bridging The Gap: New Device May be FDOT’s Missing Link in Assessing Bridges

Safer, Faster, Smarter: FDOT Proves the Safety and Mobility Benefits of TSM&O Strategies

You are cruising down the highway, the kids sitting in the back and plugged into their devices. You are enjoying a rare moment of quiet when you see the overhead sign on the freeway displaying “Crash Ahead – Use Caution.” You start slowing down, become more attentive, and see FDOT Road Rangers attending to a … Continue reading Safer, Faster, Smarter: FDOT Proves the Safety and Mobility Benefits of TSM&O Strategies

Can I Make this Gap? Safety and Efficiency in Dynamic Flashing Yellow Arrows

Most drivers have encountered this situation: you are waiting to turn left at a traffic light for what seems like minutes before the arrow finally turns green and allows you to make a protected left turn. A few times while waiting for the green arrow, a gap opens in oncoming traffic, and you wish that … Continue reading Can I Make this Gap? Safety and Efficiency in Dynamic Flashing Yellow Arrows

Groundbreaking Full Waveform Inversion Testing Doesn’t Need to Break Ground

A drill crew was staking out a project site in south Florida, trekking over the terrain and drilling bore holes into the ground. The thuds of a metal tube being driven into the ground rang out in the morning air. The crew was conducting a Standard Penetration Test, a geotechnical test that determines important soil … Continue reading Groundbreaking Full Waveform Inversion Testing Doesn’t Need to Break Ground

RCUTs: An Innovative Approach to Solving Complexities in Safety and Operations in Florida

With road trip planned and route map in hand, three Florida A&M University (FAMU)-Florida State University (FSU) College of Engineering researchers made their first stop at a familiar intersection. A two-lane minor street intersected four lanes of free-flowing traffic with a divided median. Identified as a high-crash location, residents and commuters had become wary of … Continue reading RCUTs: An Innovative Approach to Solving Complexities in Safety and Operations in Florida

Keeping Butterflies Afloat: Adapting Roadside Maintenance to Protect Monarch Habitat, Increase Agricultural Productivity, and Save Money

It was a typical, sticky Florida day in June when two University of Florida researchers were cruising down the highway. While the driver was behind the wheel, reading the curves of the road and navigating the peaks and valleys of northern Florida, the passenger was intently observing the terrain and surrounding plant life. The pair … Continue reading Keeping Butterflies Afloat: Adapting Roadside Maintenance to Protect Monarch Habitat, Increase Agricultural Productivity, and Save Money

What Do Connected Traffic Signals Do With Unconnected Vehicles?

The future of transportation is … complicated. Connected and automated vehicles, collectively termed CAVs, are making up an increasing share of the vehicles on the road. Fully-autonomous vehicles have already hit the streets in Gainesville. Domino’s Pizza promises a self-driving delivery fleet in the Houston area by the end of 2019. That said, a Jetsons-esque … Continue reading What Do Connected Traffic Signals Do With Unconnected Vehicles?

Better Together: Stormwater Facilities Target More Than Roadway Runoff

Stormwater management is more than just keeping streets dry. It also means keeping water clean. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is responsible for managing the water that runs off the state highway system. Regulations require an annual target amount of nitrogen and phosphorous to be removed from stormwater runoff. To do this, FDOT constructs … Continue reading Better Together: Stormwater Facilities Target More Than Roadway Runoff

Strength in Numbers: Using Crowdsourcing to Improve Transit

Crowdsourcing is part of your life, whether you know it or not. Since the advent of smart phones and Web 2.0, crowdsourcing has blossomed into a mainstay of two-way communication between customers and the organizations with which they engage online. It is used for everything from emergency management to hailing a ride downtown to finding … Continue reading Strength in Numbers: Using Crowdsourcing to Improve Transit