Evaluation of an Electronic Safety Perimeter System for Kansas Temporary Work Zones

Highway agencies have recognized that crashes occurring at work zones due to errant vehicles is a serious safety concern for both the driver and work crew. Positive protection on hazardous or long-duration temporary work zones provides a safe means of escape or a lateral buffer space for work crews. However, not all temporary work zones require positive protection leaving sometimes only a shadow vehicle or plastic channelizers to separate open traffic and workers. Work zone perimeter protection devices have been tested and used since the 1990s with limited and/or inconclusive results. Limitations identified by previous research studies have indicated that false-positive alarms, poor communication technology or improper training has led to the discontinued use or poor results of such devices. This research study aims to evaluate a safety perimeter system designed to detect errant vehicles striking a channelizer and immediately alert work crews in both short and long work zone operations. It is expected that with advancements in technology that a proof of concept study and field demonstration will provide potential safety benefits for temporary work zones in Kansas.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $60000.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      University Transportation Centers Program
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Kansas, Lawrence

      Transportation Research Institute
      2117 Learned Hall, 1530 W 15th Street
      Lawrence, KS  United States  66045
    • Principal Investigators:

      Schrock, Steven

      Fitzsimmons, Eric

      Mulinazzi, Thomas

    • Start Date: 20130701
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20141231
    • Source Data: RiP Project 34774

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01487959
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mid-America Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC07
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Jul 24 2013 1:01AM