Safety Benefits and Best Practices for Intersection Lighting

Intersections are inherently risky as they represent the primary point of conflicting traffic movements. The potential problems created by intersections are exacerbated at nighttime; over half of traffic fatalities in the U.S. occur at night, although nighttime traffic represents only 25% of total travel on the nation’s roadway system. Roadway lighting has been widely used as a countermeasure for nighttime crashes. However, safety engineers and researchers frequently lack effective tools when determining exactly how lighting should be optimized to maximize safety while conserving energy. The main purpose of this project is to build on existing research and develop guidelines for intersection and mid-block pedestrian crossing lighting design and warrants for use by VDOT. This guidelines will consider both the presence of lighting and the lighting level.


    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $224896
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Virginia Transportation Research Council

      530 Edgemont Road
      Charlottesville, VA  United States  22903
    • Project Managers:

      Cottrell, Benjamin

    • Performing Organizations:

      Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

      3500 Transportation Research Plaza
      Blacksburg, Virginia  United States  24061
    • Principal Investigators:

      Gibbons, Ronald

      Li, Eric

      Flintsch, Alejandra

    • Start Date: 20180905
    • Expected Completion Date: 20200531
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01679605
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Virginia Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 114315
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Aug 29 2018 8:37AM