Transportation Tidbits

 

Welcome to the Nebraska Department of Transportations' Transportation Tidbits! Here you can learn about the Department and the work that we do, as well as current happenings across the state. Stay tuned as more information is shared!

 

 

 

 

R-CUT Intersections

  • 24 October 2018
R-Cut Intersections

A Restricted Crossing U-Turn Intersection, or more commonly known as a R-CUT, is new to Nebraska.  However, this design technique can provide significant safety benefits and greatly reduces the conflict points that drivers would otherwise see at a traditional highway intersection.  For example, where a safety improvement is needed, the R-CUT strategy would restrict left-turn and through movements.  Instead, drivers take a right-turn and proceed a short distance to a left-turn lane that allows motorists to navigate one direction of oncoming traffic in order to make that same movement.  While Nebraska state highways do not have any R-CUTs, many states have deployed these innovative intersections and experienced significant decreases in the amount and severity of crashes.  The Nebraska Department of Transportation is currently looking at multiple locations across the state where it may be beneficial to deploy the R-CUT design strategy.   

 

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Work Zone Awareness

Every spring, National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is held to bring attention to the topic of safety of the traveling public and construction workers during construction season. This year, NWZAW was held from April 9-13, 2018.

 

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Pothole Patrol

Temperatures have started to rise. Birds are singing. The sun is showing itself more readily and fewer clouds are in the sky. Another winter is in the books, which means a new season is upon us—pothole season. Late winter and early spring is prime time for the appearance of our native Nebraskan tire-biters.

 

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Pavement Markings in the Rain

Weather can change everything. Temporary conditions caused by nature can affect the functioning of most anything - and highways are not immune. When it's raining, many times the pavement markings on the road can be nearly impossible to see. Does the highway need new striping, or is there another reason for the low visibility?

 

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