Guidelines for Integrating Safety and Cost-Effectiveness into Resurfacing, Restoration, and Rehabilitation Projects

The objective of this research was to develop guidelines for safe and cost-effective practices for resurfacing, restoration, and/or rehabilitation projects. The primary focus of the guidelines will be on two-lane rural roads and should address both the roadway and roadside. In May 2015, the panel decided to include freeways based on feedback from agencies and requested additional funds. The guidelines should be developed according to the following criteria: (1) The guidelines should be based on current knowledge of geometric design elements: their impacts on safety and operations, and the trade-offs between costs and benefits. (2) The research should evaluate the need to include FHWA’s 13 controlling criteria as well as other design elements, as appropriate. (3) TRB Special Report 214 should serve as a starting point for the guidelines, but should not limit the scope of work. The research should integrate relevant information from documents such as the AASHTO Green Book, Highway Safety Manual, Roadside Design Guide, MUTCD, Highway Capacity Manual, and others. (4) The guidelines should apply to projects regardless of their funding source. (5) The guidelines should focus on geometric design elements, but should include a discussion of how other pertinent factors (e.g., pavement surface, pavement markings, and road user characteristics) should be factored into the decision process. (6) As stated above, the focus of the research is on two-lane rural roads. However, to the extent feasible within the budget and current body of knowledge, the research should include a discussion of how the methodology in the guidelines could be applied to address other roadway classifications (excluding freeways). (7) The guidelines should include a discussion of tort liability issues. The final deliverables are being prepared for publication as an NCHRP report.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 15-50

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    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:

    Derr, B

  • Performing Organizations:

    MRI Global

  • Principal Investigators:

    Harwood, Douglas

  • Start Date: 20130703
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170309
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38214

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01547400
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 15-50
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 9 2014 1:00AM