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Study Finds Safety Benefits in Chicago’s Red-Light Camera Program

Chicago’s red-light cameras reduce serious injury crashes at intersections where they are placed and also have a measurable “spillover effect” that improves safety at intersections without cameras, according to a Northwestern University Transportation Center study released March 20. The research …

Toledo, Ohio, to Allow Golf Carts on Downtown Streets

An Ohio city is going to allow golf carts and other low-speed vehicles on downtown streets and two residential neighborhoods. Toledo’s city council approved the plan and, starting in April, drivers who are at least 16 and hold a valid …

Amid Tight State Budget, Wisconsin Towns Converting Blacktop Roads to Gravel

Officials in small Wisconsin towns say construction costs and budget cuts in the state government have caused them to convert their blacktop roads to gravel. State funding for local governments in the form of municipal aid has been cut over …

Minot, North Dakota, Planning for Launch of Disaster Resilience Program

Minot officials have drafted a new governance structure for the city in hopes of giving momentum to its disaster resilience program. City Manager Tom Barry outlined the plan to the Minot City Council earlier this month, the Minot Daily News …

Dangers Posed by Thousands of Crumbling Dams in Michigan

Michigan has thousands of aging and under-maintained dams that could pose localized risks. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality tells the Detroit Free Press that all but six of the state’s 88 potential high-hazard dams are approaching 50 years old, …

Traffic, Crashes Increase on Aging Ohio River Bridge

A bridge that carries highway traffic across the Ohio River near Cincinnati has been serving tens of thousands more vehicles a day than it was designed to handle. Time and traffic are wearing on the Brent Spence Bridge, which is …

Wisconsin Governor Lets Apartment Sprinkler Requirement Stand

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has reversed itself and no longer plans to roll back a requirement for fire sprinklers in many new apartment buildings. The state Department of Safety and Professional Services recently advanced plans to end a requirement …

Central Texas Now Has Air Tanker Base to Help Fight Wildfires

State Rep. John Cyrier (Lockhart) announced the establishment of a portable air tanker base at Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) capable of equipping large, Type 1 air tankers to drop fire retardant during wildfire events in Central Texas and surrounding …

Volunteer Firefighters Scarce in Small Illinois Communities

Small communities throughout Illinois are having trouble recruiting and retaining volunteer firefighters. Seventy percent of the state’s fire departments are volunteer, The State Journal-Register reported. Springfield is the only community in Sangamon County with an all full-time fire department. Loami …

Study: 5 of Worst U.S. Truck-Congested Areas Are in Ohio

Five of the country’s 100 worst congested areas for trucks are in the state of Ohio, and three of those areas are in Cincinnati, according to a study. The American Transportation Research Institute has ranked Interstate 71 at I-75 junction …