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Wednesday, October 27 2021
Florida Receives a 2021 National Roadway Safety Award

Way to go Florida! Safety in the roadway is paramount for all, businesses, customers, and the wellbeing of our entire community. We have great news to share this year regarding the fact that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) received a 2021 National Roadway Safety Award for the successful use of advanced technologies to improve safety in arterial roadway work zones, demonstrably slowing down drivers and improving driver behavior. FDOT also received a National Roadway Safety Award Honorable Mention for the successful transition from in-person training to online virtual webinars, helping enhance the skills and knowledge of Florida’s transportation workforce on a wide variety of  roadway safety issues.  

Active Work Zone Awareness Devices (AWADs) employ radar combined with flashing LED signs that warn drivers of an upcoming active work zone for arterial roads. These devices indicate travel speed and display safety "active work zone when flashing, and speeding fines doubled" signage. Additionally, FDOT linked the AWADs to drivers using the Waze navigation app. The initiative's significant results on an average of over six pilot implementation sites include decreasing speeds entering arterial work zones by 10.6 percent, increasing safe driving behavior by 39 percent, and reducing risky driving by 34 percent. 

The panelists evaluated the National Roadway Safety Awards projects based on three criteria: Effectiveness, Innovation, and Efficient Use of Resources. The program honors outstanding projects involving infrastructure, operational or program-related innovations. Winners were selected by an expert panel of judges from a variety of disciplines.

Of the nationwide applicants, the other six winners included:

  • Texas Dept. of Transportation’s tool to assess the safety of rural highway design elements;
  • City of Bellevue, WA for its video analytics traffic safety program;
  • Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization for its Complete Streets Master Plan;
  • North Carolina Dept. of Transportation for its long-life pavement markings safety effort;
  • Village of Whitefish Bay, WI for its community-wide roadway safety improvements, and;
  • California Dept. of Transportation for its 2020-2024 Strategic Highway Safety Plan update

In addition, each year, FDOT develops the Five-Year Work Program, an ongoing process used to allocate funds for priority transportation projects for the next five years. The Work Program is based on the best available forecasts of project costs and funding, ensuring that FDOT has the financial capacity to implement planned projects. This robust process is essential to stabilize the Work Program and help maintain Florida’s transportation system for our residents, businesses, and visitors.

Public participation is a critical component of this process. Each fall, as FDOT begins developing next year’s Five-Year Work Program, the public is provided with the opportunity to participate and comment. The statewide website offers the public the following:

  • Overview of the work program adoption process
  • A video providing an overview of the Five-Year Work Program
  • Link to the district work program pages that provides access to the draft work program public hearing reports
  • Link to a GIS interactive map on FDOT’s public notices website displaying projects being considered
  • Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
  • Link to GIS map showing active construction projects

Orlando Truck Insurance is a full-service provider of Commercial Insurance products and services for Trucking and Commercial auto insurance. We invite you to review our programs: truck, public transportation, and commercial specialty auto. Orlando Truck Insurance has the products and underwriting experience to meet your insurance needs. As a recognized leader in the local trucking insurance industry, our parent company Garzor Insurance  specialized in serving “niche” or undeserved markets. Our proven, superior underwriting model creates flexibility to write unique coverage’s in a wide array of diverse industries.

We have the staff, the local experience and the customer service platform to walk you through your insurance coverage options and keep your business well protected. Again, call one of our truck and commercial vehicles insurance specialists today at (407) 203-7085 to get you started in the right track, we’ll be happy to assist. We are in this together!

Oscar Pacheco - Licensed Agent

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