December 15, 2018
  • 2:34 pm Committee Leadership Comes into Focus for 116th Congress
  • 2:22 pm Interstate System Report Calls for More Funding, Tolling, VMT Fees, and Cybersecurity
  • 2:15 pm In Memoriam: President George H. W. Bush, ISTEA, and Transportation
  • 1:56 pm Growth Projected for Transportation Projects, but Costs a Challenge
  • 1:35 pm FAA Reshuffles Executives, Plans Drone Identification Rulemaking in Spring 2019
  • 1:28 pm Predictive Technology Helps Reduce Crashes on I-15 Corridor in Las Vegas
  • 1:14 pm Video Report: MoDOT Produces Multi-Lingual Safety Message
  • 1:11 pm PennDOT Nears Completion of Rapid Bridge Replacement Project
  • 1:08 pm Infrastructure Grants Awarded to “Smaller” South Dakota Communities
  • 12:01 pm ‘WOTUS’ Redefinition Could Reduce Regulatory Burden for Transportation Projects
  • 11:54 am EPA Issues ‘Conformity Guidance’ in Air Quality Court Decision
  • 11:48 am USDOT Officially Awards BUILD Grant Money to 91 Projects
  • 11:44 am House Hearing Debates Potential of 21st Century Fuels Act
  • 11:38 am USDOT OIG Report Highlights FAA Cybersecurity Issues

The work of the California Department of Transportation’s Hazardous Materials Teams – more commonly called “Hazmat Crews” – encompasses a range of activities from routine pre-planned work, such as soil remediation, to handling emergency incidents along major state thoroughfares, such as fuel spills following vehicle crashes.

Caltrans considers them to be the “unsung heroes” of the Golden State’s transportation network as their work is “pivotal to fostering a safe highway system.”

According to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, incidents that occur while hazmat shipments are in transit remain one of most frequent – and costly – types of hazmat remediation work across the country. According to year-to-date data tracked by PHMSA, 3,457 “in transit” hazmat incidents have occurred so far in 2018, costing a total more than $33.4 million in damages and clean-up expenses.

That’s out of a total of 12,904 overall hazmat incidents that have occurred to date this year, the agency noted, which includes events that happen in loading, unloading, in-transit and storage situations, costing more than $53.7 million in damages

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