DelDOT gets national award for highway safety

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DelDOT is receiving national honors this week for keeping more cars on the road. The Federal Highway Administration presented the agency a National Roadway Safety Award, recognizing innovation in highway safety.

Delaware got the award for its use of high-friction surface treatment, which reduces crashes by keeping cars in contact with the road surface, especially if the pavement is wet.

DelDOT has laid about 33,000 square yards of HFST on roadways around the state, and officials say it has reduced roadway departure crashes by 56 percent. Between 2007 and 2014, roadway departure crashes accounted for 40 percent of traffic related fatalities and comprised 21 percent of serious injury crashes in the state.