WWAY reports, North Carolina DOT has, for the first time, used a drone to conduct a regular biennial bridge inspection. Crews watched live high-definition video feeds from a drone to check the Marc Basnight Bridge’s columns last week. Officials intend to use the remote-controlled aircraft in conjunction with traditional inspection techniques.
The Transportation Corridor Agencies announced that CEO Samuel Johnson has received the Transportation Trailblazer award from the Southern California chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials. Johnson said he was humbled to receive the recognition, adding, “It has been an important priority throughout my career to champion the positive contributions of people of all colors, ethnicities, identities and backgrounds. Organizations like COMTO spotlight the work we are doing, and I am proud to be in the company of the innovative leaders who are making a real difference for minorities in our industry.”
Los Angeles Times reports, a Socal motorist got an “A” for effort and a $490 traffic citation after police caught him driving solo in an I-210 HOV 2+ lane. He earned the grade for the lifelike passenger seat dummy (complete with facial wrinkles) he created to avoid detection. (The police photo of the dummy is worth a click.)
Mint reports, India’s highways minister estimates that FASTag use, which is reducing wait times at national highway toll plazas, will save drivers 20,000 crore rupees a year (about 2.275 billion USD) in fuel costs. He added that toll revenue is on the increase since the government made electronic payment mandatory for all motorists on February 16.
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced “its leadership team received top awards from the Women in Transportation Seminar Chicago, a group that promotes the development and advancement of women in transportation. Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman received the Honorable Ray LaHood Award, while Office of Business and Workforce Diversity Director Pam Simon was named Woman of the Year.”