Developing Safety Risk Index for Truck Preferred Arterial Corridors

In 2008, Wisconsin's freight transportation system shipped more than $300 billion in goods and the projected volume by 2028 will be another 70 percent increase. Along with the strong demand of truck traffic is the increasing concern of truck-related safety issues. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 12 percent (4,808) people killed and another 101,000 people were injured in crashes that involved a large truck. Compared to extensive studies conducted on freeway truck crashes, the research on arterial streets is considerably disproportionate given the fact that more fatal crashes involved with large trucks occurred on arterials. Connecting between truck traffic generators, arterial streets are key links to door-to- door deliveries. There is an urgent need to study truck safety on arterial streets because truck related crashes are expected to be reduced through the careful planning of the location, design, and operation of driveways, median openings, street connections, and street sections. The project will collect extensive data on selected arterial corridors that are heavily used by trucks, identify the crash determinants and develop a risk-based index for these arterial corridors with the emphasis on access management, geometric design, and traffic control. The findings from the study will not only directly benefit state and local agencies in planning, design, and manage a safer truck arterial corridor, but also help carriers to optimize their routes from the safety perspective.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Project Objective: 1. Identify truck preferred arterial corridors; 2. Prototype innovative data collection method to enhance safety asset management for trucks; 3. Identify heavy vehicle involved crash causal factors; 4. Examine and review currently available cutting-edge access management methodologies; and 5. Develop an arterial corridor safety risk-based index. Task Descriptions: Task 1. Literature review Task 2. Truck arterial corridors identification Task 3. Extensive data collection Task 4. Safety evaluation for selected truck corridors Task 5. Corridor safety risk index development Task 6. Final report


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    CFIRE 04-15

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)

    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    1415 Engineering Drive, 2205 Engineering Hall
    Madison, WI  United States  53706
  • Performing Organizations:

    South Dakota State University, Brookings

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Brookings, SD  United States  57007

    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    1415 Engineering Drive
    Madison, WI  United States  53706
  • Principal Investigators:

    Noyce, David

    Qin, Xiao

  • Start Date: 20101001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20121031
  • Source Data: RiP Project 26780

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01468165
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)
  • Contract Numbers: CFIRE 04-15
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:46PM