Developing a Methodology for Implementing Safety Improvements on Low-Volume Roads in Montana
Started: February, 2019 End Date: September, 2020 Project ID #4W7707 Status: Ongoing
The objective of this project is to develop a methodology for identifying and prioritizing hazardous locations on local roads at the network level that are deserving of safety improvement funds.
Highway agencies systemically screen the road network to identify those sites that are expected to yield the greatest safety benefits from an investment of available improvement funds. Traditional methods for identifying candidate locations tend to focus on well-travelled roadways that experience higher crash frequencies, despite the fact that many low-volume roads may have high levels of risk due to their geometric and roadside features (e.g. curves, low visibility). Further, many of the crashes on remote local roads, particularly those with lower severities, may go unreported. On behalf of the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), WTI will develop a methodology for identifying and prioritizing hazardous locations on local roads at the network level that are deserving of safety improvement funds. Another objective is to engage Montana counties to work closely with MDT on the development of both the methodology and future safety improvement projects. This project will provide MDT with guidance for its safety improvement programs, enhance its outreach efforts to local agencies, and support its Vision Zero safety initiatives.
Ahmed Al Kaisy - PI
Roy Peterson - Main External Contact
Sponsors & Partners
- Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) Sponsor
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