Enhancing Non-motorized Mobility within Construction Zones

Mobility of a wide range of pedestrians of all ages, including people with hearing, visual, cognitive, and mobility disabilities; bicyclists; and emergency crew is affected due to construction. Mobility restrictions also affect the local businesses. The impact is significant when construction zones are located in urban areas and involves roads with non-motorized access, and/or pedestrian generators such as schools, shopping areas, community or senior centers, transit facilities, etc. Even on the roads in rural or suburban areas, an abrupt termination of non-motorized facilities cause immense inconvenience to pedestrians and cyclists. Typically, pedestrians and cyclists are reluctant to add distance or out-of-the-way travel to a destination. Also, emergency response teams need the quickest access route to a location/facility. This highlights the needs of reviewing and synthesizing the best practices in access management policies/procedures, and use of infrastructure and technology to provide safe access through construction zones. The scope of this work will be limited to providing access to non-motorized traffic even though the other aspects will be considered in order to develop a tangible outcome. The expected outcome of this project is a framework that can be used for evaluating options and infrastructure used for providing non-motorized access within and around construction work zones located in small cities.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $119155
  • Contract Numbers:

    DTRT13-G-UTC60

    TRC 16-02

  • 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:

    Western Michigan University

    1903 W. Michigan Avenue
    Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49008-5241
  • Project Managers:

    Dunn, Denise

  • Performing 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
  • Principal Investigators:

    Attanayake, Upul

    Akanmu, Abiola

    Zhang, Jiansong

  • Start Date: 20160901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20171231
  • Actual Completion Date: 20171231
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers
  • Subprogram: Research

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01610403
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC60 , TRC 16-02
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 9 2016 10:05AM