COVID-19 Impacts on Speed and Safety for Rural Roads and Work Zones

Unfortunately, reduced volumes resulting from COVID-19, along with the strain on enforcement, appears to be producing higher speeds and more aggressive driving. Several of the MnDOT data driven safety priorities, noted below, may be impacted by these new conditions. Understanding the magnitude of speeding and other driver behaviors requires measurement and contrast. This effort focuses on roadways within rural areas, which typically have the highest fatality and injury rates. We will also examine work zones where the combination of speed and inattention can yield disastrous results not only for the driver and occupants but also agency and construction workers.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $35,919.00
    • Contract Numbers:

      1036334 WO#5

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Minnesota Department of Transportation

      395 John Ireland Boulevard
      St Paul, MN  United States  55155

      Local Road Research Board

      395 John Ireland Boulevard
      St. Paul, Minnesota  United States  55155-1899
    • Performing Organizations:

      Iowa State University, Ames

      Institute for Transportation
      2711 South Loop Drive, Suite 4700
      Ames, Iowa  United States  50010-8664
    • Principal Investigators:

      Hallmark, Shauna

    • Start Date: 20201230
    • Expected Completion Date: 20210731
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01762005
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Minnesota Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 1036334 WO#5
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 6 2021 3:52PM