Evaluation of Mitigation for Safety Concerns on Low-Volume, Unpaved Rural Roads: Tech Transfer Summary, 2013.

(2013) Evaluation of Mitigation for Safety Concerns on Low-Volume, Unpaved Rural Roads: Tech Transfer Summary, 2013. Transportation, Department of

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Abstract

The Institute for Transportation (InTrans) at Iowa State University completed work on an in-depth study of crash history on lowvolume, rural roads in Iowa in December 2010. Results indicated that unpaved roads with traffic volumes greater than 100 vehicles per day (vpd) exhibit significantly higher crash frequencies, rates, and densities than any other class of low-volume road examined, paved or unpaved. The total mileage for this class of roadway in Iowa is only about 4,400 miles, spread over 99 counties in the state, which is certainly a manageable number of miles for individual rural agencies. The purpose of this study was to identify and examine several unpaved, local road segments with higher than average crash frequencies, select and undertake potentially-beneficial mitigation, and evaluate the results as time allowed. A variety of low-cost options were considered, including engineering improvements, enhanced efforts by law enforcement, and educational initiatives. Using input, active support, and participation from local agencies and state and Federal safety advocates, the study afforded a unique opportunity to examine useful tools for local rural agencies to utilize in addressing safety on this particular type of roadway.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: crash mitigation, driver age, driver education, enforcement, low-cost improvements, rural crashes, rural Iowa roads, rural road safety, rural traffic control, unpaved road safety
Subjects: Transportation
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > Traffic safety
ID Code: 14928
Deposited By: Leighton Christiansen
Deposited On: 29 Aug 2013 13:08
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2013 13:08
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/14928

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