University of Missouri researchers plan to aid in the highway work zone safety research to be performed during the estimated 5 to 7 years necessary for the expansion of Interstate 70 across the state.
Recently, the Missouri Work Zone Safety Center of Excellence (MOWZES) was established at the MU College of Engineering. The center’s goal is to lead research and outreach on developing behavioral, educational, engineering and technology solutions to achieve zero fatalities and serious injuries in work zones. These efforts are being supported by several current research projects exceeding $1.5 million in combined funding from the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.
The center’s research efforts will focus on areas such as integrating technologies, such as smart work zones and autonomous vehicles, using artificial intelligence and algorithms to improve safety and predict crash risk, developing ways to address distracted driving and adverse driving behaviors, and developing accommodations for bicyclists, pedestrians, and people with disabilities.