Development of Case Studies, Numerical Exercises, and Instructional Modules for Teaching Roadway Safety Analysis

Over the last few years there has been continued increase in the emphasis of data-driven approaches for safety analysis of roadway projects. In this context, it is important to distinguish between urban- and rural- contexts as there are significant differences in the availability of data and other resources. Urban locations can benefit from the application of methods presented in the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) to the data generally available in the form of electronic databases. In contrast, roadway safety audits with quantitative- and qualitative- data collection may be more appropriate for addressing safety issues in rural locations. As such methods become more widely adopted in practice, there is also a need to train the next-generation of transportation engineers in the effective use of these methods. To be sure, The Federal Highway Administration has developed such training material for HSM (National Cooperative Highway Research Program [NCHRP] Report 715 , National Highway Institute Course NHI-380106 , and the Webinar Series ) and guidelines for performing roadway safety audits . However, these are largely textual information with selected numerical illustrations. The availability of processed real world data which will enable students to perform a variety of calculations/analysis to learn the application of these methods would be very valuable as it would directly complement the existing textual descriptions of methods already available. Researchers from University of Florida have undertaken several research projects over the last few years on the safety assessment of roadway projects. In these efforts, they have employed both HSM methods as well as safety audits and Benefit/Cost (B/C) analyses. All these efforts have resulted in the assembly of extensive data (multiple years and spanning the entire state across all facilities) and case studies on performing B/C analysis on rural safety projects. In the light of the above discussion, the intent of this technology transfer exercise is to develop case studies, numerical exercises, and instructional modules for teaching roadway safety analysis. The researchers will draw data and case studies form several recently completed projects and package them for instructional purposes. Two major modules will be developed – one focusing on performing benefit/cost (B/C) analysis of rural roadway safety projects and the other on the calibration, estimation, and application of the HSM safety performance functions (Part C of the HSM).


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $31011
  • Contract Numbers:


    2015-004 UF024

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)

    University of Florida
    365 Weil Hall
    Gainesville, FL  United States  32611
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Florida, Gainesville

    152 Rhines Hall
    P.O. Box 116400
    Gainesville, FL  United States  32611
  • Principal Investigators:

    Srinivasan, Siva

  • Start Date: 20150601
  • Expected Completion Date: 20151231
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170701
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01598255
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)
  • Contract Numbers: 105956, 2015-004 UF024
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Apr 29 2016 2:23PM