Research Papers

Can We Achieve Vision Zero on Urban Roadway Work Zones?

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Date added July 9, 2018
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Category 2018 CARSP XXVIII Victoria
Tags Policy and Practice, Session 2B
Author/Auteur Cox
Stream/Volet Policy and Practice

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Abstract

These headlines show that distracted drivers continue to kill on Canada"s highways:

* "Spike of catastrophic highway crashes due to truck driver inattentiveness"" Oct 26, 2017, Ontario Provincial Police
* "One person dead after vehicle collides with construction equipment on QEW"" Nov 12, 2017, OPP
* "1 man dead after car crashes into parked construction truck in St-Julie"" Jun 19, 2017, Securite du Quebec

Highway work zones + distracted drivers are a fatal combination. This danger is heightened when the work zone closes a lane on a high-speed, high-volume urban highway.

Temporary, portable rumble strips [TPRS] have proven to alert drivers in advance of highway work zones, minimizing the carnage noted above.

* Understand the threat to road users caused by distracted / drowsy drivers
* Define temporary, portable rumble strips
* Review best practices of TPRS in urban, high-speed, high volume roadways * Policy makers charged with achieving "Vision Zero"
* Designers of construction projects in urban, high-speed, high volume roadways
* Traffic safety professionals responsible for operation of urban roadways * Review human factors research on the effect of smart-phone use on driver capacity

Present case studies of TPRS by:
o Massachusetts DOT in the Greater Boston Area
o Indiana DOT on Interstate 65
o Texas DOT on Interstate 35 in the Central Texas Expansion project
o Utah DOT on Interstate 15
* Review best practices for deployment of TPRS in high-speed, high-volume roadways

The CARSP audience will:
* Understand that smart-phone users are impaired as if having 0.08 BAC
* Learn how TPRS alerts drivers to changing road conditions on urban highway work zones "