New project to ‘revolutionize’ road work-zone safety

Gov. Mike DeWine said he’s commited for Ohio to be a leader in transportation technology. To prove it, he’s worked to create a new project that will make roads and workzones safer — both for drivers and the workers.

DeWine entered a partnership with DriveOhio and the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission (OTIC) to create a project that will “dramatically improve” the way Ohio and Pennsylvania manage work zones and increase safety for employees and the traveling public.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently awarded a $2.69 million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment grant to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation with the OTIC and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission as co-recipients for their Work Zone Reservation and Traveler Information System (WZRTIS).

The WZRTIS project was originated in the Smart Belt Coalition and will enhance work zone operations and safety by providing accurate, standardized and real-time work zone information across nearly 41,000 miles of roadway through Pennsylvania and Ohio.