Evaluation of Pilot Deployment of Portable Visual Barriers to Reduce Impact During Freeway Crashes

The major objectives of this project include the following: (1) perform a comprehensive literature review regarding the impact of rubbernecking on traffic mobility and safety and potential countermeasures to prevent rubbernecking; identify types of portable visual barriers (PVBs) available and examine their potential use; (2) plan, coordinate, and conduct a pilot deployment of an approved PVB via Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Road Rangers operations to reduce rubbernecking due to freeway crashes; (3) perform in-depth data analyses to evaluate the effectiveness and benefits of the deployment of PVBs to reduce freeway traffic congestion and potential secondary crashes; (4) develop implementation guidelines on when, who, where, and how to deploy PVBs; document analysis results and research findings and provide recommendations for future deployments in Florida.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $187837
    • Contract Numbers:

      BED25 977-02

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Florida Department of Transportation

      Research Center
      605 Suwannee Street MS-30
      Tallahassee, FL  United States  32399-0450
    • Managing Organizations:

      Florida Department of Transportation

      Research Center
      605 Suwannee Street MS-30
      Tallahassee, FL  United States  32399-0450
    • Project Managers:

      Arasteh, Megan

    • Principal Investigators:

      Lin, Pei-Chun

    • Start Date: 20220531
    • Expected Completion Date: 20230731
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01840985
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Florida Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: BED25 977-02
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Mar 29 2022 10:04AM