Alternatives for Providing a Safe Passage for Non-Motorized Traffic across an Existing Highway Bridge

Non-motorized transportation increases mobility choices, relieves congestion, promotes local economy, reduces greenhouse gas emission, promotes a healthy lifestyle, and improves quality of life. Recently, there is an emphasis on developing integrated transportation systems with off-road shared use paths and on-road facilities. A majority of highway bridges that are located on the planned or existing non-motorized paths have become bottle-necks for non-motorized traffic. Therefore, there is a need to evaluate the bridges on non-motorized paths to identify safe passage alternatives to non-motorized traffic. The owner agencies need to have access to a methodological process to evaluate a site for the best possible alternatives and develop accurate cost estimates for funding proposals. This report presents case studies, safe passage alternatives for non-motorized traffic across an existing bridge, alternative analysis methodology, analysis process, and a software platform developed to automate the analysis process. Finally, a few examples are presented to demonstrate implementation of the alternative analysis methodology.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $115,656.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    DTRT13-G-UTC60

    TRC 14-9

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Western Michigan University

    1903 W. Michigan Avenue
    Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49008-5241

    Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities

    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49009-5316
  • Project Managers:

    Dunn, Denise

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities

    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49009-5316

    Western Michigan University

    1903 W. Michigan Avenue
    Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49008-5241
  • Principal Investigators:

    Attanayake, Upul

  • Start Date: 20140901
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20150831
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers
  • Subprogram: Research
  • Source Data: RiP Project 36940

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01532763
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC60, TRC 14-9
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 6 2014 1:00AM