By Emily Gerson, Content Marketing Specialist

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) reported 842 work zone fatalities in 2019, up by almost 100 from 2018; this may be due, in part, to a lack of real-time, actionable information available to travelers. The data we have doesn’t really help us make decisions about traffic flow, asset allocation, or project success and here’s why:

Real-time data arriving at a smartphone.
  1. Real-time data arriving at a smartphone.The data is not real-time.
    Currently, most organizations have spreadsheets with planned start and end times. Additionally, the data available on 511 sites are also all planned activity information. If a planned closure is cancelled or delayed due to weather, that update is not provided in real-time. When data is real-time, solutions and innovations can happen in real-time. When we act on outdated data, we can only be reactive.
Traffic barrels and merge lights in a work zone.
  1. Traffic barrels and merge lights in a work zone.The data is not specific.
    Agencies often use start and end mile markers to designate a work zone, but we all know that sometimes work zones are more complicated than a simple straight line. Using only start and end locations may not provide the full scope. This limitation leaves agencies with no way to visualize work zones on a map, know accurate active work zone times, or track if workers are present.
Agency leaders shake hands at a work zone site.
  1. Agency leaders shake hands at a work zone site.The data isn’t standardized.
    The way that every agency is collecting and storing work zone data is different. This means that agencies with overlapping territory can’t easily communicate work zone information to the travelling public. Additionally, there can be no national work zone statistics because of these inconsistencies. This is a large enough concern that the FHWA created the Work Zone Data Exchange (WZDx) specification to help agencies provide standardized information that can be consumed by third-party providers.

Our CEO, Navin Nageli, saw these concerns and ensured our NueGOV platform addressed these problems. NueGOV’s work zone module tracks real-time data, stores asset information and active work zone times, improves overall work zone safety, utilizes interactive data mapping and dashboards, and is completely compliant with the WZDx standards. For more information, click here.