Traffic Control Devices for Wrong Way Movement Prevention

The recommendations from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 650 had been addressed in the Regulatory and Warning Sign Technical Committee proposal of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) dated January 2012, ONE WAY signing and wrong way movement signing. However, NCUTCD Council indicated that this report addresses rural high-speed facilities related to one way signing needs but does not look specifically at safety applications for all traffic control devices related to wrong way movement at both rural high-speed facilities and urban applications where the median is wider than 30 feet and may be a high or low-speed street or highway. Also, NCHRP Report 650 does not address rural applications that are lower-speed. Is the same number of one way signs needed for all these applications? Are additional markings needed? What about freeway ramp locations regarding improved safety needs? The objectives of this research are to: (1) Evaluate divided highways and streets as well as ramps related to improved safety and reduction of crashes by the use of traffic control devices including signs, pavement markings, delineators, reflectors, and other devices in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) such as beacons and/or flashing light-emitting diode (LED) units within the sign, and enhanced conspicuity of standard signs in Section 2A.15 of the MUTCD. (2) Determine the number and location of ONE WAY signs required and the number and positioning of DO NOT ENTER and WRONG WAY signs at both divided highways and freeway/expressway ramps, recommended or optional for divided highways in urban locations or in rural lower-speed applications. Evaluate the median in terms of signing needs related to ONE WAY, DO NOT ENTER, WRONG WAY, STOP, and YIELD signs. Is a median greater than 30 feet considered two intersections? What impact should the median width have on signing/marking requirements? (3) Provide actual recommended text and figures for the MUTCD for Parts 2B and 3.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $300000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 03-117

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Sundstrom, Lori

  • Start Date: 20141112
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37512

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543374
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 03-117
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 13 2014 1:01AM