Investigation of Wrong Way Pavement Alert Devices

In the State of Ohio between 2017-2021, there were a total of 426 wrong way crashes with 79 fatalities. In an effort to address wrong-way crashes, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has installed signalized systems at some locations with high volumes of these incidents. With safety being a top priority for ODOT there is a need for a low-cost, reliable system that can be installed on all exit ramps (including those in rural areas) that pose a safety threat for wrong way crashes. This new system would provide both a physical and visual warning to drivers that are entering the freeway in the wrong direction and add quicker response times from drivers once alerted to the issue. Currently ODOT is installing systems with cameras and flashing warning signs to notify drivers beyond the standard signage. Present systems are effective but are a very costly system and therefore is not the right solution for every roadway, especially low volume ramps. This would be a low-cost idea that could be used in all desired locations. They could be installed quickly and provide a physical alert to all drivers before they enter the interstates the wrong way. Some objectives for this project include, Identify/develop safe, reliable, and affordable methods to effectively alert wrong-way drivers, Demonstrate the performance of recommended solutions, as approved by ODOT, to validate safety, design, performance, overall effectiveness, and benefit/cost analysis and to Develop an implementation guide of tested solutions based on the best use-case scenarios for each recommendation.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $460751
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Ohio Department of Transportation

    Research Program
    1980 West Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  United States  43223
  • Project Managers:

    Spriggs, Jennifer

  • Performing Organizations:

    Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.

    7965 North High Street
    Suite 200
    Columbus, ohio  United States  43235
  • Principal Investigators:

    Campbell, Jacob

  • Start Date: 20240129
  • Expected Completion Date: 20250729
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01904282
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 39936, 118069, 136660
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 8 2024 3:19PM