Mitigation of Lane Departure Crashes in the Pacific Northwest through Coordinated Outreach

Approximately 60 percent of fatalities on the nation's roadways are the result of lane departure crashes. In some cases, the vehicle crossed the centerline and was involved in a head-on crash or opposite direction sideswipe. In others, the vehicle left the roadway to roll over or impact one or more natural or man-made objects, such as trees, utility poles, bridge walls, embankments, or guardrails. A variety of transportation engineering solutions have been proposed to mitigate the occurrence of lane departure crashes including but not limited to: the safety edge, nighttime visibility, rumble strips, retroreflectivity, and pavement lane markings. While these strategies have shown varying degrees of promise in particular contexts, they do no immediately address all of the causal factors inherent in road users (motor vehicle and all-terrain vehicle operators) such as fatigue, operating under the influence, distraction driving, etc. There is a critical need to raise the awareness of the traveling public in the Pacific Northwest about the risks regarding lane departure crashes and how behaviors can mitigate their occurrence. The economic impact of these crashes needs attention so as to help prioritize alternative investments in such transportation engineering solutions. Essentially, users need to understand the benefits and costs of alternative programs.

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    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $45000.00
    • Contract Numbers:

      DTRT13-G-UTC40

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      University Transportation Centers Program
      1200 New Jersey Avenue
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Hurwitz, David

    • Performing Organizations:

      Oregon State University, Corvallis

      School of Civil and Construction Engineering, 101 Kearney Hall
      Corvallis, OR  United States  97331-2302
    • Principal Investigators:

      Hurwitz, David

    • Start Date: 20150116
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20160615
    • Source Data: RiP Project 39424

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01560069
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC40
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Apr 9 2015 1:01AM