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Roth, vice president of highway policy for the American Trucking Associations. When the roadway is completed in


2030, additional truck-only lanes in the opposite direction may be considered.


NUCLEAR TRANSPORTERS PRACTICE MANEUVERS ON ARKANSAS HIGHWAY Arkansas 549 in Fort Smith has


become a smooth training ground for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Secure Transportation. The highway clos- ings were first publicly announced in October, and so far, no live nuclear warheads have been used in the night- time training sessions. Arkansas 549 connects U.S. 71 in


Fort Smith to Arkansas 22 in Barling. Since it is lightly traveled and able to be completely closed off, the new road has proven a perfect training ground for training the office’s nuclear warhead transporters.


UPS PARTNERS WITH DRONE COMPANY FOR HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS UPS is partnering with a tiny


“549 has given us a real unique


opportunity to train in by far the most realistic environment,” said Kerry Clark, acting deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Secure Transportation within the U.S. Department of Energy. Clark said no nuclear waste is ever


transported by the division but inter- states are the primary routes used when moving nuclear arms and warhead components by heavily armed convoys throughout the year. Although weather is a factor in


transporting nuclear weapons, the office is more wary of other drivers than anything.


robotics company, Zipline, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to explore how drones can safely and effectively deliver medicines such as vaccines and blood across the world. The goal is to examine whether


drones can rapidly deliver key medical supplies to remote areas since the products often spoil or fail to reach people when using other means of transportation. “We are extremely interested


to learn if UAVs can provide a safe, effective way to make vaccines available for some of the hardest-to-reach children,” said Dr. Seth Berkley, chief executive of Gavi. Other groups are looking at how


drones can be used for humanitarian aid.


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