May’s top stories: NDoT selects CH2M, TxDoT awards $625m contract

CH2M was selected by the Nevada Department of Transportation to provide environmental and preliminary design services, and TxDoT awarded contracts for the $625m Southern Gateway reconstruction and improvement project to Pegasus Link Constructors. Roadtraffic-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from May 2017.


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NDOT selects CH2M for improving Reno Spaghetti Bowl

CH2M was selected by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDoT) in the US to provide environmental and preliminary design services for rebuilding the outdated I-80/I-580/US 395 system-to-system interchange around Reno city. 

The authority made the decision to reconstruct the 50-year-old Reno Spaghetti Bowl and adjacent interchanges to address the increased number of accidents congestion in the region.

As part of the initiative, the transport agency will carry out improvement works across ten service interchanges, one system-to-system interchange, braided/collector-distributor systems and multiple local roads.


TxDoT awards $625m Southern Gateway project to Pegasus Link Constructors

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDoT) in the US has awarded $625m Southern Gateway reconstruction and improvement project to Pegasus Link Constructors. 

Pegasus is a joint venture (JV) between Fluor (55%) and Balfour Beatty (45%).

As part of the deal, the JV will be responsible for the design-build and capital maintenance Southern Gateway, which is located along Interstate I-35E and US 67 in Dallas, Texas.

WSP|PB to design ITS infrastructure for Michigan's university region

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff (WSP|PB) has secured a contract from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in the US to design and deploy the next phase of intelligent transportation system (ITS) in the state’s university region.

The project includes planning, designing, development of new CCTV cameras, installation of dynamic message signs, as well as vehicle detection systems across the University Region in order to improve the incident response and information distribution to commuters on the state’s freeway system.

Under the deal, WSP|PB will be serving as the prime consultant for this project and will be responsible for providing ITS design services and expand infrastructure at locations where traffic operations capabilities are limited.


TransCore’s TransSuite to improve traffic management systems in Ecuador

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TransCore has deployed its TransSuite software solution to improve the coordination of multiple traffic management systems in Guayaquil, Ecuador. 

In February, TransCore was selected by the Municipal Transit Authority of the City of Guayaquil to integrate TransSuite with its existing traffic signal controllers.

TransSuite includes transportation management software products, which have been designed to meet a wide range of traffic management requirements, including management of traffic lights, providing real-time traveller information, and responding to roadway incidents.

FHWA provides funding for flood-damaged roads and bridges in Missouri, US

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has released funds for repair works on the flood-damaged roads and bridges in Missouri.

Works will also cover federal roads in the Mark Twain National Forest and Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

For these repair works, FHWA has allocated $3m in emergency relief (ER) funds, which will be used primarily to restore emergency access and initiate critical repairs in the next few weeks

Transport Scotland to award A737 Dalry bypass contract

Transport Scotland is planning to award the construction contract for A737 Dalry bypass FarransRoadbridge Joint Venture, which is subject to a mandatory standstill period.

The A737 project will see construction of 4km bypass with two roundabouts at Hillend and Highfield, as well as a viaduct that will allow road users to pass over the River Garnock and the Glasgow to Ayr railway line.

The project works also include establishing connectivity to the new bypass to the existing A737 Trunk Road east of Highfield.


TRX awards $75m contract to Gadang CRFG

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Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) developer TRX City in Malaysia has awarded a traffic dispersion and improvement contract worth $75m to Gadang CRFG.

Gadang is a joint venture (JV) company between Gadang Engineering and CRFG Malaysia.

The contract has been awarded to the consortium as part of efforts by Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) and the federal government to improve traffic flow on Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Tun Razak by nearly 27%.


Qualcomm showcases DEVC mechanism in France

Qualcomm Technologies has demonstrated its dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC) technology, which charges vehicles when they are moving.

The demonstration was carried out at the 100m feasibility analysis and development of on-road charging solutions for future electric vehicles (FABRIC) test track, built by VEDECOM at Satory Versailles in France.

FABRIC is a €9m project for addressing technological feasibility, economic viability, and socio-environmental sustainability of wireless DEVC.


Queensland Government begins $689.7m Bruce Highway upgrade works in Australia

The Government of Queensland in Australia has initiated the A$929.3m ($689.7m) Bruce Highway Upgrade project between Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway.

The government anticipates that the project will ease traffic congestion and enhance safety for nearly 40,000 motorists who use the route on a daily basis.

The Caloundra to Sunshine Motorway project is jointly funded by the government of Australia, which is providing A$743.4m ($551m), and the Queensland government, which will supply the remaining A$185.9m ($137.9m).


Bosch develops digital protective shield to safeguard motorcyclists

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A partnership between Bosch, Autotalks, Cohda Wireless, and Ducati has developed a prototype smart solution to help protect motorcyclists, who are reported to be 18 times more at risk of being killed in a collision than drivers.

The company noted that there were nearly 30,000 motorcycle accidents in Germany alone last year, with 600 being fatal, and one of the main reasons for these collisions is that the two-wheelers are often overlooked in road traffic.

To minimise these accidents, Bosch has developed a solution, which establishes a motorcycle-to-car-communication to prevent nearly one-third of motorcycle accidents in the country.