270 traffic signals in DC’s Northwest now give pedestrians and cyclists more time to cross

“Leading pedestrian intervals” are becoming more common in the city.

New SC temporary license plates now tied directly to vehicle’s owner

For years, South Carolina temporary license plates affixed to newly purchased vehicles were thin pieces of paper adorned with an expiration date written in marker. For police engaged in traffic stops, it meant not knowing anything about the driver or vehicle — a dangerous proposition that lawmakers and Gov. Henry McMaster sought to change. In 2018, the General Assembly approved a measure requiring those 45-day tags be tied directly to a vehicle’s owner through an alphanumeric code. State Department of Motor Vehicle branches begin issuing the updated tags on Tuesday.

2019 Bridge Inventory: States struggle to keep up with deteriorating bridges

With few exceptions, states are losing the battle with aging bridges in need of repair or replacement. Even states with low percentages of bridges rated poor are finding it difficult to keep up with bridge and road systems that in many cases are 50 years old or older. Utah, which ranks fourth for the lowest percentage of poor bridges, programs a bridge for repair or replacement in the year after it drops to a poor rating, completing the project within four or five years. The Utah Department of Transportation notes, though, that the number of bridges falling from good to fair and from fair to poor ratings continues to increase. “The greatest challenge is completing enough projects in a given year to replace, rehabilitate and preserve enough bridges to stay ahead of the deterioration trends of an aging inventory,” says the UDOT’s survey for this year’s Equipment World Better Roads Bridge Inventory.

South Africa may have new speed limits soon

New speed limits may be introduced in South Africa – with talk of a potential 20km/h reduction. The speed limit could effectively drop on the country’s highways from 120km/h to 100km/h, while the top speeds on main roads would drop from 100km/h to 80km/h. Speeds in residential areas would decrease from 60km/h to 40km/h.

Why Tesla chose Berlin, Germany for its new plant

Elon Musk picked a glitzy event in Germany, a few hours’ drive from the birthplace of the internal combustion engine, to drop the news that Tesla plans to open a factory in the country. Tesla will round out its global manufacturing network with a factory near Berlin, along with an engineering and design center, Musk said at the Golden Steering Wheel awards ceremony in the German capital on Tuesday attended by the CEOs of Volkswagen, Audi and BMW. “Everyone knows German engineering is outstanding for sure. You know that is part of the reason why we are locating Gigafactory Europe in Germany,” Musk said at the event. The news wasn’t completely unexpected. Musk had said that Tesla would announce the location of its European factory before the end of the year and that Germany was a front-runner. Nonetheless, Tuesday’s announcement bolstered the CEO’s flair-for-the-dramatic reputation.