FDOT Routs Soft Grout with New Remediation Technique

Imagine you are making pancakes. You separate the wet ingredients from the dry ingredients, then carefully mix. Somehow lumps still manage to form in your batter. Lucky for you, a lumpy mixture should not ruin your pancakes. But if, instead of pancakes, you were mixing grout to fortify a bridge tendon, following the recipe and … Continue reading FDOT Routs Soft Grout with New Remediation Technique

Investigating Low-Visibility Crashes in Florida

In January 2012, fog and smoke took over Interstate 75 outside of Gainesville, leading to a 19-vehicle pile-up, 11 fatalities, and 18 hospitalizations. Low-visibility road conditions due to fog and/or smoke are a major concern in Florida, as this crash was not the first or last incident to occur. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration … Continue reading Investigating Low-Visibility Crashes in Florida

Smart Safety: Using Apps and Eye-Tracking Technology to Evaluate School Zone Beacon and Bicycle Detection

Florida Department of Transportation ranks safety as a top priority for the state, and it is listed as one of FDOT’s Vital Few focus areas. Despite the vision of having fatality-free roadways, crashes are still a reality today. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles noted an increase of total annual traffic crashes … Continue reading Smart Safety: Using Apps and Eye-Tracking Technology to Evaluate School Zone Beacon and Bicycle Detection

Measuring While Drilling (MWD) Data Enlightens Engineers

Francesco di Giorgio Martini sketched what is believed to be the first mechanically accurate drawing of a pile driver in his 1475 treatise Trattato di Architectura. While it is certainly more rudimentary than modern devices, the basic goal is the same: use machinery to install deep foundations for supporting structures. Over the past 545 years, … Continue reading Measuring While Drilling (MWD) Data Enlightens Engineers

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t: Automatic Pedestrian Detection at Signalized Intersections and Midblock Crossings

In 2018, Florida was ranked as having the third-highest pedestrian fatality rate in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Pedestrian safety is a nationwide issue, and it is a top priority in Florida being tackled by adding more safety features and improving facilities. Unfortunately, finding solutions is not as simple … Continue reading Now You See Me, Now You Don’t: Automatic Pedestrian Detection at Signalized Intersections and Midblock Crossings

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