FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 25, 2000
Washington, D.C.–The 32-month old National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse, which is now handling over 24,000 information requests annually, celebrated a milestone October 1–it is now being operated without federal funds.
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), which launched the premier roadway safety information resource in February 1998 under a just-ended three-year cooperative agreement with the Federal Highway Administration, has announced that its foundation will continue Clearinghouse operations in partnership with private-sector firms, associations and labor organizations.
“The Federal Highway Administration demonstrated great leadership by providing initial funds to help make the Clearinghouse a reality,” ARTBA President Pete Ruane said in making the announcement. “By pooling financial resources over the past two years with ARTBA and its partners like the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the CNA Insurance Company and the Laborers-Employers Cooperation & Education Trust, the federal government helped build a facility that is unparalleled in the world. It is helping save lives. The Clearinghouse is an outstanding public-private partnership success story. Credit also goes to the transportation leadership in Congress, which authorized federal funds for this facility.”
The Clearinghouse, which is based at the Texas Transportation Institute in College Station, offers those involved in activities aimed at making roadway construction sites safer a high-tech “one-stop information shop.” The facility has compiled the latest information available on road construction traffic control, construction safety management “best practices,” international research, and safety training courses and programs. Clearinghouse users can also access information on roadway safety-related laws, regulations, legal cases, public awareness campaigns, products and services and how to reach safety specialists.
Ruane said the Clearinghouse’s program of work for 2001 will be expanded to include hosting and managing a first-ever international conference on roadway work zone safety. ARTBA conducted national conferences on this topic in 1985 and 1994.
Most of the Clearinghouse’s information resources can be accessed via an easy-to-use Internet website found at http://wzsafety.tamu.edu that features searchable databases.
Assistance can also be obtained via fax (979-845-0568), e-mail ([email protected]), or toll-free 1-888-447-5556.
The ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF), which will now manage the Clearinghouse, was founded in 1984 as a 501(c)3 entity (Federal tax ID #52-6283894) to support education and research activities. The Foundation also started a scholarship program this year to help the children of highway workers killed in the line of duty attend college.
If you or your company is interested in making a fully-tax deductible contribution to support these and other safety-related ARTBA-TDF programs, send a check to the Foundation at 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001. For additional information, contact ARTBA Director of Safety and Regulatory Affairs Brad Sant at 202-289-4434.