First International Roadside Safety Conference and Peer Exchange

Every year, over 17,000 people are killed in roadway departure crashes in the U.S. The primary goal of this conference and peer exchange on Roadside Safety Design is to effect changes that will reduce the frequency and severity of roadside crashes. The ultimate measure of effectiveness is a reduction in the number of fatalities and injuries resulting from run-off-road crashes. To help meet this goal, roadside safety researchers, experts, and U.S./international partners have deemed it highly beneficial to develop and implement a Roadside Safety Conference that would occur every 3 to 5 years. The primary objective for the First International Roadside Safety Conference (IRSC) and Peer Exchange would be to reduce deaths and serious injuries associated with run-off-road crashes. The IRSC would contribute to this objective by: (1) peer exchange and improved dissemination of information within the international roadside safety community; (2) increased collaboration with international roadside safety experts, researchers, government agencies, and engineering consultants; and (3) a more rapid implementation of new technologies, best practices, and products from around the world. Key focus areas may include: (1) Advances in rigid and flexible barrier design; (2) Geometric features - i.e., slopes, ditches, drainage culverts, curbs, pavement edges; (3) Work-zone and temporary traffic control safety; (4) Implementation guidelines for safety treatments; (5) In-service performance evaluations; (6) Barrier compatibility for vehicles and motorcycles; (7) Vulnerable user safety - pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists; (8) Cost-effective safety improvements for low-volume roads; (9) Barrier selection criteria; (10) Narrow hazards - trees, luminaires, utility poles, signs, and traffic signals; (11) New energy-absorbing technologies; (12) Aesthetic safety treatments and practices; (13) Median design and crash prevention; (14) Improved visibility and delineation; (15) Maintenance of existing roadside safety infrastructure; (16) Computer simulation, dynamic component testing, and full-scale crash testing; (17) Road/roadside safety audits or management systems; (18) "Safe System Approach;" (19) Before/after crash data studies; (20) Concepts, products, and methods designed to reduce roadway departure crashes; (21) Strategic Highway Safety Plans and; (22) Rollover crashes.


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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01576039
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(329)
  • Created Date: Sep 22 2015 9:00AM