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SafetyZone Newsletter - February 2008

In This IssueScreen shot of the work zone clearinghouse video

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the SafetyZone newsletter

We recently introduced the newly redesigned website Updated features include:Snap shot of the work zone clearinghouse website

  • Increased ease of use; 
  • A video and audio library to provide you with easy access to archived webinar sessions, workshops, and other recorded materials;
  • A blog to post your views on work zone safety topics;
  • A listserv to pose questions or obtain feedback from other users on work zone safety-related questions;
  • No cost registration feature for tailored updates;
  • And no cost registration to post your company's safety products.

 The site still provides current news and research, training opportunities and best practices. Our information is also still available at no cost. Please visit and register for new material notification or book mark our site as one of your favorites! For a complete update on our new site view our new video

Feature Articles

National Traffic Management & Work Zone Safety Conference. The National Traffic Management & Work Zone Safety Conference was held in Fort Lauderdale Fla. Nearly 300 participants gathered for over 30 sessions, a live incident management demonstration, and the opportunity to tour the Broward County Traffic Management Center. Visit our conference page for an outline of conference sessions, presentations and video footage of this outstanding conference.Rollover demo

A Live Lesson in Incident Management. 
Hundreds of attendees watched live as the Broward County Incident Management Team conducted a multiple-vehicle accident and roll-over recovery to demonstrate “quick” clearance techniques used every day along the state’s highways. Watch the video.

An Inside look at a Traffic Management Center. Participants at the National Traffic Management & Work Zone Safety Conference were given the opportunity to visit the “SMART SunGuide Transportation Management Center” for a guided tour of this state-of-the-art traffic monitoring and management facility.

Submit your materials. The Clearinghouse continuously seeks information to promote work zone safety. If you have ideas, information or an article that you would like to share please contact Lisa McCluskey

Laws and Regulations

Implementation of the FHWA Final Rule on Temporary Traffic Control Devices (23 CFR 630 Subpart K). Read the article and post your comments!

Announcement of Final Rule: Revision two of the 2003 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) was published in the Federal Register on December 21, 2007, and became effective on January 22, 2008. 

New Resources

ROADWAY SAFETY+: An interactive Road Construction Industry Consortium Program. Free download online.

Maintaining Traffic Sign Retroreflectivity 2007. This printable brochure gives guidance on the New MUTCD sign retroreflectivity requirements.

QuickZone: Modeling In the Zone. With the revised Federal Work Zone Safety and Mobility Rule now in effect, this modeling tool can help DOTs comply.

Maintenance Operations: Work Zones, Pavement Markings, and Weather, TRB.

National Work Zone Awareness Week Resources - order now

Articles and Reports of Interest

Holding down the fort
Officials maintain order during construction, safely move traffic through and around project.

Mom with a message: stay focused, go home
“My main goal is to reach road crews and contractors as well as the public,” she said of her goal to help people be more aware in work zones.

Worker dies on Biggs Bridge project

December issue of Innovator- from Highways for Life, features several articles on roadway safety and new technologies.

National summary of the 2007 Work Zone Self Assessment

ARTBA-TDF's 2008 Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program. Honoring the Memory of Those Who Have Died While Working to Provide Safer and More Efficient Roads. Submissions due February 29. 

About The National Work Zone Safety Information ClearinghouseMailing address of ARTBA

The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse is dedicated to providing the transportation construction industry and the general public with comprehensive information to improve motorist, worker and pedestrian safety in roadway work zones. The Clearinghouse has the world’sLisa McCluskey Clearinghouse Manager
largest online library of free information on work zone safety,

Brad Sant, Clearinghouse Director,


The materials provided in this publication are based upon work supported by the Federal Highway Administration under cooperative agreement No. DTFH61-06-H-00015. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in any publication listed on this web site are those of the Author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Highway Administration.

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Posted: 2/27/2008