RES2020-02: Investigation on wrong-way prevention technologies and systems

Wrong-way driving (WWD) events occur when a driver enters against the right traffic-flow direction of a divided highway (e.g., freeways). The leading contributing factors of WWD crashes are traffic violation due to driving under influence, inattention due to fatigue and distractions, impaired judgement due to physical and age-related issues, unfamiliarity with roadways, and any infrastructure deficiencies such as poor lighting, limited line of sight, heavy vegetation (Zhou et al., 2012). A study using the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) reported that driving under influence was responsible for approximately 60% of WWD crashes (NTSB, 2012). Beyond additional warning signs and makings, agencies started to deploy technology-supported wrong-way prevention (WWP) system, which has been more effective. In this research, the team will identify and investigate different WWP systems for implementation in Tennessee. Five WWP systems will be identified and most suitable three will be deployed and tested. The primary performance measures will be used to compare the systems are accuracy, user friendliness, cost-effectiveness (life cycle costs), and provision of live tracking of wrong-way drivers. Additional performance such as suitability for night lighting condition, ease of installation, dual functions, maintenance frequency will be considered in the evaluation of WWP systems.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $200,000.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Tennessee Department of Transportation

    James K. Polk Building
    Fifth and Deaderick Street
    Nashville, TN  United States  37243-0349
  • Managing Organizations:

    University of Memphis

    Memphis, TN  United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Nickerson, Michelle

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Memphis

    Memphis, TN  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Golias , Mihalis

  • Start Date: 20190601
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210531
  • Actual Completion Date: 20210531
  • USDOT Program: Transportation, Planning, Research, and Development

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01744089
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Tennessee Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: RES2020-02, 40100-07219
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 25 2020 12:07PM