Using Advanced Technologies to Reduce Commercial Motor Vehicle Crashes in Work Zones

Commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) have been overrepresented in severe-injury and fatal crashes in work zones. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), between 2018 and 2020, CMVs were involved in 13 percent of fatal crashes nationally outside of work zones, and 32 percent of fatal crashes in work zones. The issue is even more significant on rural interstate facilities, where nearly 56 percent of fatal work-zone crashes involve a CMV. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has joined the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and selected state departments of transportation (DOTs) to develop action plans to reduce CMV-related crashes. Advanced technologies, such as intelligent transportation systems and traffic control devices, can be used to reduce severe-injury crashes and fatalities related to CMVs in work zones. The research objective is to develop a guide for using advanced technologies to help state DOTs, public safety agencies, and the motor carrier industry reduce and mitigate the risk of CMV crashes in work zones.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $500000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 17-121

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Crichton-Sumners, Camille

  • Start Date: 20230214
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01845592
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 17-121
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 18 2022 11:04AM