Work zones can create special challenges for drivers of large vehicles, such as commercial motor vehicles, due to space restrictions. Road work must take place within highway rights-of-way and, often, within reduced numbers of lanes. Understanding how work zones can be designed to maintain the efficient movement of large freight transportation vehicles within the restricted right-of-way space and to ensure that DOT and public works staff and highway contractors’ employees can safely work within work zones can provide significant benefits for all work zone users.
Dr. Gerald Ullman (Jerry) is a nationally-recognized expert in work zone safety and mobility management and control. He has been a principal investigator or key researcher on over 70 different studies pertaining to work zone safety and operations, transportation management for incidents and major emergencies, and freeway operations and management. This research has been sponsored by a variety of agencies including the several state Departments of Transportation, toll authorities, cities, FHWA, the NCHRP administered through the Transportation Research Board, and the private sector.
Ms. Martha C. Kapitanov is currently a Transportation Specialist on the FHWA Work Zone Management Team and a member of the FHWA Every Day Counts Smarter Work Zones Implementation Team. As a Transportation Specialist, Ms. Kapitanov provides leadership and guidance to the development and implementation of effective work zone management practices and innovations on a national level. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico.