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July 7, 2008

New Signal Timing Manual Ready for Free Download

The FHWA Office of Operations has issued The Signal Timing Manual, the first comprehensive guide to current practices related to traffic signal timing. Property timed signals save gas by keeping traffic moving smoothly. All the elements of signal timing, from policy and funding considerations to timing plan development, assessment, and maintenance are covered. The manual is the culmination of research into practices across North America and serves as a reference for a range of practitioners, including traffic engineers, signal technicians, design engineers, teachers, and university students. It is available at http://www.signaltiming.com.

Zone Safety Clearinghouse Hosts First Educational Webinar

(Washington, D.C.)—More than 600 safety professionals, public officials, and transportation design and construction executives June 26 turned to a trusted Internet resource to learn first-hand the key requirements and real world impacts of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) new rule on “Temporary Traffic Control? (Subpart K). The educational session was the first “webinar? hosted by the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse is the world’s largest online resource www.workzonesafety.org on road construction zone safety-related issues.

Maintenance Decision Support System (MDSS)

Attention decision makers, highway maintenance staff, and snow fighting teams:

This year the FHWA is teaming up with AASHTO to bring a Free, 1-day "Maintenance Decision Support System (MDSS)" product demonstration showcase (PDS) to Pennsylvania the day before the 2008 Eastern Snow Show.

Those planning to attend the AASHTO Eastern Snow Show on Thursday, August 28, should make plans now to be there a day early (on Wednesday August 27), and take advantage of this free technical program, making your trip to PA for snow and ice information twice the value!

For more information visit www.utahltap.org

Rural Highway Safety Clearinghouse

The USDOT Deputy Secretary announced the Rural Highway Safety Clearinghouse yesterday. The Clearinghouse site is located at: http://www.ruralsafety.umn.edu/clearinghouse/index.html and is a project of the Center for Excellence in Rural Safety (CERS).

John Dewar, FHWA-HSSP, is the team leader for State and Local Safety Programs in the Office of Safety, and attended the ribbon-cutting with the Deputy Secretary Barrett yesterday. John will become the Agreement Officer’s Technical Representative (AOTR) for center at the CERS Summer Institute at the end of July.