March 2015                       Issue 11
In This Issue
Roadway Safety Poster Contest
Thank You from T2!
Tips from Tony
Two Towns Team Up
Sharing the Road
CTLS Student of the Year
Roadway Safety Poster Contest Winners Announced  

We are happy to announce the winners of the 2015 Roadway Safety Poster Contest! Our three winners and three honorable mentions attended the Connecticut Work Zone Safety Press Conference last Tuesday, where they received ribbons and gift baskets from Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman to honor their artistic achievement. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who participated!

We'd Like to Say THANK YOU!

 

This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week and states around the country will be encouraging drivers to drive cautiously through work zones. In honor of this week (and the hard work that you do every day) we'd like to take the opportunity to say thank you. From all of the staff here at the T2 Center thank you for all of the work that you do!

Tips from Tony - Vertical Retroreflective Strips

Here's a tip from our Safety Circuit Rider Tony Lorenzetti:

The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)   allows the option of adding a vertical retroreflective strip to the sign support to enhance sign conspicuity.  Section 2A.21 of the  MUTCD   has a standard that states "If a strip of retroreflective material is used on the sign support, it shall be at least 2 inches in width, it shall be placed for the full length of the support from the sign to within 2 feet above the edge of the roadway, and its color shall match the background color of the sign, except that the color of the strip for YIELD and DO NOT ENTER signs shall be red."
Two Towns Team Up To Fill Potholes

 

The city of Milford and the town of Ansonia have recently gained some recognition for their teamwork in the effort to repair potholes. During what Milford Public Works Director Thomas Hunt says is, "one of the worst years I've seen" Milford is partnering with Ansonia by loaning their Asphalt recycler. This reduces costs for Ansonia while creating revenue for Milford. At the same time these two towns have found a way to create a win-win situation and help repair winter damage. Click here to read the full article.
Enjoy Spring, Share the Road

Spring is upon us, and as the weather gets warmer more people are enjoying a nice walk or a ride on their bike. More pedestrians and bicyclists on the road means there is a higher risk for vulnerable user crashes. Our Share the Road Tech Brief provides safety tips for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians so that we can all share the road safely. Share these tips with your residents, family and friends so they can be safe when they're on the road this spring.
CTLS Student of the Year Award 


The  Center for Transportation and Livable Systems at UConn recently awarded its 2014-2015 Student of the Year Award to Volodymyr Serhiyenko for his work investigating innovative statistical approaches toward analyzing pedestrian and vehicle crash data.  His advisors, Profs. Nalini Ravishankar (major advisor) and John Ivan (associate advisor) nominated Volodymyr for the honor, noting that "he is a leader among his peers" and that "his record demonstrates continued excellence".  His recent work has been published in  Accident Analysis and Prevention , the leading journal in the world for road safety analysis).  Volodymyr received a $1,000 in addition to the recognition by CTLS.  Congratulations to Volodymyr!
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