Development of Safety Benefit Factors for New Location and Widening Projects for Use in the STI Scoring Process

Safety is key component of the North Carolina Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) scoring process. For many projects, the potential for safety improvements in the STI process is evaluated using Safety Benefit Factors (SBFs).  SBFs can be used to estimate the safety improvements that can be expected with the implementation of a project. Yet, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) currently either lacks SBFs or has limited evidence to support the SBFs used for several types of projects due to a lack of current research as well as the complex nature of the projects. Consequently, to help NCDOT ensure the STI safety evaluation process is as defensible and data-driven as possible, this research study focuses on developing evidence-based SBFs for these project types and providing enhanced methods for applying these SBFs.  Specifically, this research will develop SBFs and enhance safety analysis methods for various types of new location projects (e.g. bypass, loops, road extensions, etc.) and widening projects (e.g. urban widening, widening to multi-lane divided facility, widening to a superstreet facility, etc.) in the STI process. This study will help NCDOT identify factors that more accurately reflect the safety benefits of various types of new location projects and widening projects, filling a gap that currently exists in the safety component of the STI process and enhancing the current state of knowledge on how new location and widening projects impact safety. Taking into account the limited amount of data available at the time projects are scored, the research team will develop SBFs and guidance that can be easily integrated into the current STI process. Consistent with NCDOT’s method of selecting SBFs, a key point of the team’s approach will be incorporating existing crash modification factors (CMF) knowledge from research studies. The research team will accomplish the goal of this project through (1) a kickoff meeting, (2) a literature review, (3) the establishment of SBF recommendations for North Carolina, (4) an evaluation of SBF model outcome scenarios, (5) the development of a framework for applying SBFs for different project types, and (6) production of a final report.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $160834
  • Contract Numbers:

    FHWA/NC/2020-26

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    North Carolina Department of Transportation

    Research and Development
    1549 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC  United States  27699-1549
  • Managing Organizations:

    North Carolina Department of Transportation

    Research and Development
    1549 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC  United States  27699-1549
  • Project Managers:

    Penny, Lisa

  • Performing Organizations:

    North Carolina State University

    Institute of Transportation Research and Education
    Raleigh, North Carolina  United States  27695-8601
  • Principal Investigators:

    Davis, Joy

  • Start Date: 20190801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210430
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: 2020-26

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01724941
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: North Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: FHWA/NC/2020-26
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 11 2019 3:54PM