Update of the TRB Access Management Manual

In 2003, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) published the first national Access Management Manual. Since that time, the Manual has remained the most accepted and comprehensive national resource on the state of the practice in access management. It has been widely cited by state, regional, and local government transportation agencies updating their access management practices and is increasingly a resource to other nations as well. For example, it was recently translated and published in Chinese under a copyright agreement with TRB. Since it was published, approximately 3,000 copies of the Manual have been sold, and a second reprint of 2,000 copies is underway. The editorial staff of TRB has indicated that based on the current rate of sales, the new stock will be exhausted by 2012. At that time, it is essential that a second edition be ready for publication. A second edition needs to be produced because the state of the practice has advanced significantly in the years since the production of the first edition of the Manual, several major research projects have been completed and will represent an important upgrade of the current Manual, the Manual is the text for the revised National Highway Institute (NHI) Access Management Course and should contain current and up-to-date information regarding research and access management practices, and the TRB Committee on Access Management (AHB70) has identified gaps in the material covered in the Manual. The objective of this research activity is to develop a revised and updated Access Management Manual. This objective will be accomplished by assembling research reports and papers published since preparation of the first edition, obtaining additional examples relative to access management programs and practices of state DOTs and local governments, proposing a revised structure and contents for the new manual, and preparing and submitting a draft of a revised and updated Access Management Manual for TRB's consideration, approval, and publication. Studies done over the last 30 years show access management is one of the most compelling strategies to improve safety on our roadways. Access management is also a cost-effective way to extend the useful life of the existing system of roads and highways. As such, access management practices are essential to a sustainable and energy-efficient transportation system. With reduced funding of transportation and an increased emphasis on highway reconstruction to address growing transportation needs, advancing access management practices is a critical step. The Access Management Manual provides the most comprehensive resource to enable transportation agencies to achieve a sustainable, energy efficient, and safe transportation system, at every level of government. The Access Management Manual advances innovation through technical support, training, and education. Technical support is provided to transportation professionals at the state, regional, and local governments as well as to consultants in the development of access management plans, regulations, design standards, and access management practices and procedures. It helps guide access-related decisions during the development and redevelopment of property abutting the nation's major roadways. Education and training functions are addressed through use of the Manual as the text for NHI Course No. 133078. (The course is typically taught eight to ten times per year, with up to 30 participants per course offering.)


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $350000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 15-43

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Reynaud, David

  • Start Date: 20100615
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 26497

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01463911
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 15-43
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:32PM