Wyoming Receives $1.5M Federal Grant for Technology Initiative

Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve work zones through connected vehicle programs. The grant will allow WYDOT to develop a Situation Data Exchange system that will communicate directly to drivers about work zone hazards, including delays, width restrictions, reduced speed limits, and whether workers are present. Third parties will also provide connected vehicle information.

The system will enhance WYDOT’s 511 traveler information tools by defining work zones more accurately and providing automated driving systems and drivers with better information to navigate safely through work zones nationwide. “The technology will give drivers a more transparent and accurate representation of what a specific work zone looks like on a given day,” said Director Darin Westby of WYDOT. Once implemented, WYDOT will become the latest state to adopt new Federal Work Zone Data Exchange standards.

Thirty-four other states were also awarded grants as part of the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation program. The grants do not require matching funds and include funding for program development and implementation.

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