Exploring the Safety Impact of Rumble Strips on Prevention of Lane Departure Crashes in Maine

Enhancing safety of roadway segments is a critical step towards maintaining durable transportation infrastructures. Due to significant costs associated with construction of roadway segments, redesigning or rebuilding a roadway segment is not always a viable solution for safety improvement. Low-cost safety countermeasures are effective tools to enhance safety while diminishing reconstruction costs. Among all traffic collisions, the lane departure crashes continue to be the leading type of serious traffic accidents in Maine, comprising 70% of state-wide traffic fatalities. Installations of shoulder and centerline rumble strips have been a primary countermeasure to prevent lane departure crashes in Maine. With an increase in installations of rumble strips, there is a clear DOT need to understand the impact of rumble strips in reducing lane departure crashes in Maine in different conditions. This project will employ Empirical Bayes (EB) observational before-after study (and/or other statistical tools when appropriate) to explore the effectiveness of rumble strips in Maine. The evaluation will investigate the impact of both centerline and shoulder rumble strips on reducing the frequency and severity (Fatal, Injury and PDO) of lane departure crashes (e.g.: run-off the road and head-on collisions) for select roadways (e.g.: rural two lane roads) under different conditions. This analysis will also use benefit-cost analysis to explore the economic benefits of using rumble strips.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $100000
  • Contract Numbers:

    69A3551847101

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center

    University of Maine
    Orono, ME  United States  04469

    University of Maine, Orono

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
    5717 Corbett Hall
    Orono, ME  United States  04469-5711

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Maine Department of Transportation

    Research Division, Child Street, 16 State House Station
    Augusta, ME  United States  04333-0016
  • Managing Organizations:

    Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center

    University of Maine
    Orono, ME  United States  04469

    University of Maine, Orono

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
    5717 Corbett Hall
    Orono, ME  United States  04469-5711

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Dunn, Denise

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center

    University of Maine
    Orono, ME  United States  04469

    University of Maine, Orono

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
    5717 Corbett Hall
    Orono, ME  United States  04469-5711
  • Principal Investigators:

    Shirazi, Ali

    Garder, Per

  • Start Date: 20211001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230331
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01780653
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551847101
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2021 9:03AM