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Wyoming Receives $1.5M Federal Grant for Technology Initiative

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has recently received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to create smarter work zones through connected vehicle programs. WYDOT and its partner, engineering firm Trihydro Corp., developed a Situation Data Exchange system that will allow the department to communicate directly to drivers about work zone hazards. This system will provide information on delays, width restrictions, reduced speed limits, and whether workers are present in the work zone.

Third parties will also make this connected vehicle information available to drivers through WYDOT’s 511 traveler information tools. This technology will help automated driving systems and drivers navigate safely through work zones nationwide by giving them a more transparent and accurate representation of what a specific work zone looks like on a given day.

The grant is part of the Federal Work Zone Data Exchange program, which aims to improve safety in work zones by providing real-time data to drivers, automated driving systems, and other stakeholders. With this grant, WYDOT becomes the latest state to adopt new Federal Work Zone Data Exchange standards.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation was one of 34 states awarded grants under the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation program. These grants do not require matching funds and include funding for program development and implementation.

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