CTR’s Symposium to Spotlight Safety on Texas Roads

AUSTIN, Texas – In light of the recent collision between a truck with an oversized load and an IH-35 bridge, road safety is a hot topic, one that is being examined at the 2015 CTR Symposium.

The Center for Transportation Research (CTR) at UT Austin will host its 2015 symposium on Wednesday, April 8, at the Commons Research Center on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.

This year’s theme is Safety First: Keep ‘Em Rolling, and keynote Anthony Cisneros, Director of HEB Transportation, will be providing insight on HEB’s remarkable safety record: the Texas grocery chain has over 65 drivers who have driven more than 1 million miles without an accident. HEB is providing two new trucks for demonstration at the symposium, showcasing some new technologies they are testing for future truck specifications.

Following the keynote presentation and HEB truck demonstration, CTR researchers will present on these topics:
• Dynamic Traffic Modeling for TxDOT
• Oversize/Overweight Vehicles and Safety Considerations
• The Impact of Reduced Maintenance on Road Safety
• Objective and Proactive Measures of Road Safety Performance for TxDOT’s Austin District
• Steel Bridge Research at Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory

A poster session will be available before the event and between panels (11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.). The poster session will allow participants to meet with more than a dozen UT Austin graduate student researchers and transportation faculty who will demonstrate progress and preliminary findings in active projects representing the cutting edge of transportation research.

At the event, CTR will announce this year’s winner of the Mac Shelby Award, which honors a TxDOT research staff member who has provided exceptional leadership, technical expertise, the ability to address special challenges, and dedication to research.

The Commons Research Center is located at 10100 Burnet Road.

Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : CTR Annual Symposium