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News and Notes

ITS Rocky Mountain has once again teamed up with the Utah Department of Transportation for this year’s Annual Meeting. The UDOT Annual Conference will be held October 28-30, 2014, while the ITS Rocky Mountain Annual Meeting portion will be tentatively held October 28, 2014. Both will be held at the South Towne Exposition Center. This combined event is for all public and private transportation individuals including construction, and maintenance DOT personnel.

The Conference will provide an excellent learning and networking opportunity for all. Offering top-notch training opportunities for attendees including specific tracks for maintenance and construction, design, and other disciplines. Plus ITS Rocky Mountain is sponsoring a US DOT Professional Capacity Building Program Workshop  “Connected Vehicle 101” on the morning of Tuesday, October 28, 2014. So mark your calendars and plan on joining us in October!

















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I-70 mountain corridor winter travel issues to get extra attention

September 29, 2014, Denver, CO - While more snowplow escorts and big rigs stacked on the side of the road are in the plan to ease ski traffic this winter, there also will be more nagging about your bald tires.

Last year, Colorado Department of Transportation officials complained that many vehicles were sliding off Interstate 70 near the Eisenhower Tunnel because their tires were too worn. More








Boulder quietly tests bicycle-specific traffic signals

September 18, 2014, Boulder, CO - Rob Allen is a frequent visitor to the bike corridor along 13th Street in downtown Boulder.

But when it was pointed out to him Thursday that the typical circular traffic light at 13th and Walnut streets had been replaced with a bicycle-shaped signal, Allen admitted he had not, in fact, noticed the light.

"Guess that tells you all you need to know about them," Allen said. More

Idaho farm groups fund road safety PSA

September 16, 2014, Boise, Idaho - Two southwestern Idaho farm bureau groups are teaming up with the Idaho State Police to try to prevent fatal accidents involving automobiles and farm equipment.

According to Idaho’s Office of Highway Safety, there were five fatal crashes involving farm vehicles and automobiles in the state during 2013, making it one of the worst in recent memory for those types of accidents. More

Traffic operations center an active place during heavy rain storms

July 29, 2014, Golden, CO - Flash flooding made for a slow evening commute but a fast-paced atmosphere inside Colorado’s Traffic Operations Center in Golden.

Traffic Operations Specialists like Tanya Bowen spent the evening monitoring statewide cameras, weather and traffic, all while communicating with law enforcement, CDOT crews and the general public via the 511 hotline.

The biggest headache during evening rush hour was I-25 at the 6th Ave. overpass near downtown Denver.

“They are going less than 10 miles an hour,” Bowen said, showing the traffic mess on a nearby computer.

Flash flooding is common on that stretch of I-25, which is now under construction. More


Eyes in the Sky: ACHD is Watching You

June 4, 2014, Boise, ID - The Ada County Highway District hired Wendy Tillman and Mike Boydstun two weeks apart, 14 years ago. Now, they're practically family.

"We're like brother and sister," Tillman said. "We fight like brother and sister and we make up just the same."

As traffic operations engineers at ACHD's Traffic Management Center, they spend their days in a darkened room staring at a wall of video screens displaying 60 street intersections. More


CDOT Showcasing Real Colorado Riders, Harrowing Stories to Promote Motorcycle Safety

May 29, 2014, Colorado - Statewide Traffic Safety - Experienced riders put a face to safety training and challenge peers to participate. STATEWIDE ­– Motorcycle crashes killed 86 riders and passengers on Colorado roadways last year, and 69% of the motorcyclists were at fault. As motorcyclists across the state gear up for riding season, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announces a motorcycle safety campaign aptly namedRide Wise. The campaign showcases real Colorado riders, each with more than 30 years of experience on their saddles, who rely on safety training to hone skills needed to ride safe in the season ahead. More

ITD rolls out new Idaho Traveler Services 511 app

April 1, 2014, Boise, ID- The Idaho Transportation Department's new Idaho 511 app provides statewide, real-time traffic information for interstates, U.S. routes and state highways throughout the state. Details available with the app include: zoomable map with selectable event icons; winter road conditions; traffic incidents; roadwork and construction; current traffic speeds and roadside camera images.

The free app is available for iPhone and Android users. The apps can also be downloaded via ITD's 511 Travel Information page. More

Roadside Hit-and-Run Alerts Become Law in Colorado

March 25, 2014, Denver, CO- Colorado will be the first state to issue statewide roadside and broadcast alerts for hit-and-run crashes under a bill signed into law Tuesday.

The law creates an Amber Alert-style notification system when authorities are looking for vehicles involved in serious hit-and-run crashes. The system includes quickly alerting the media and issuing bulletins on electronic highway signs that describe the fleeing vehicles. It will be implemented next year. More

Utah DOT Weather Responsive Traveler Information System

March 11, 2014, FHWA, Operatios News - The FHWA Road Weather Management Program partnered with Utah DOT to develop, test and deploy a citizen reporting program that allows travelers to provide road weather information reports using their smart phones. More




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