Safety Corner – Equipment Blind Spots

Safety Corner – Equipment Blind Spots

Operator blind spots are a serious liability risk in work zones and workers are paying with their lives.  Highway work zones, under the best of circumstances, can be chaotic and dangerous.  In fact, about 750 fatalities occur each year in U.S. work zones and some 120...
MUTCD – Throw Away Good Signs?

MUTCD – Throw Away Good Signs?

When a major revision to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), such as the 2009 Edition, is published, there is often an outcry that the changes will require immediate changes to signs and other traffic control devices, even though the existing...
The Battle Against Pedestrian Barriers

The Battle Against Pedestrian Barriers

Do you have a published Transition Plan to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act?  If not, you are likely exposed to more liability risk than is necessary, even if you are making some progress removing pedestrian barriers in the public right of way.  The...
Transportation Ahead of it’s Time

Transportation Ahead of it’s Time

October 24th is an anniversary that doesn’t get a lot of airplay, but it probably should in a time hungry for alternative and sustainable transportation options.  The first phase of the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system at West Virginia University was dedicated on...
Establishing Speed Limits…The Right Way

Establishing Speed Limits…The Right Way

Speed limits…if these haven’t driven you a tad crazy, you haven’t been in public service long enough.  For very understandable reasons, our residents appear at public meetings on a regular basis to request and even demand a change in speed limit, usually because they...