rural roads

Rural routes more dangerous than those in urban areas

By Bill Holloway Following a six-year decline, roadway deaths were up substantially in 2012 with preliminary data indicating a 5% increase over 2011. Texas had the largest increase with a total of 3,339 fatalities in 2012, up more than 400 over 2011. However, annual traffic deaths were up in 38

Solving the critter crossing problem

By Mary Ebeling When state Departments of Transportation address safety concerns related to motor-vehicle/wildlife crashes, the agencies save lives and reduce economic costs. Crashes involving larger animals – including deer, elk, moose, and bear – are on the rise, and many states consider

Roads buckling under the weight of the shale gas industry

By Bill Holloway As hydraulic fracturing technology has made it possible to extract natural gas from reserves across the U.S., many states and small towns are facing the challenge of how to prevent their roads from being destroyed by the industry’s trucks. Though each individual well requires