April 22, 2019
  • 2:34 pm Committee Leadership Comes into Focus for 116th Congress
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  • 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
  • 1:00 pm State DOTs Bracing for Potential Changes to 5G Spectrum
  • 12:57 pm FHWA Approves Full NEPA Assignment for Arizona DOT
  • 12:54 pm APTA Report Shows Slippage in Public Transit Ridership
  • 12:50 pm USDOT Unveils $900M BUILD Grant NOFO
  • 12:47 pm Road to Zero Survey Says Motorists Support Imposition of More Safety Measures

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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