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Rural Roadway Departure Countermeasures - Part #1

October 2018 Webinar #1

Availability Status: Archived

  • Created: Thursday October 4th, 2018
  • Source: Federal Highway Administration, National Center for Rural Road Safety, Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University, Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program at Iowa State University
  • Publishing Organization: National Center for Rural Road Safety
  • Topic: Engineering, Road
  • Sub-Topic: Low Cost Countermeasures, Road Departure, Safety Countermeasures, Systemic Safety
  • Skill Level: Basic, Intermediate
  • Sector: Local, State, Federal, Tribal
  • Profession: Engineers, Enforcement, EMS, Planners
  • Duration: 1.5 Hours

Description/Learning Outcomes:

The National Center for Rural Road Safety (Safety Center), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) EDC-5 Team, National Association of County Engineers (NACE) Safety Committee, and the National Local Technical Assistance Program Association (NLTAPA) Safety Committee are co-hosted a FREE, 1.5-hour online webinar.

Webinar Description

Are roadway departure crashes a challenge in your area? If so, this three-part webinar series is for you!

In part 1, attendees received a summary of the rural roadway departure safety problem, a description of the EDC-5 innovation focused on rural roadway departure reduction, and a discussion about rumble strips – one proven safety countermeasure.

The other webinars in the series will address the following subjects:

  • (part 2) roadway curve marking/signing and high friction surface treatments
  • (part 3) clear zone treatments and roadside hardware. 

Not sure you can join us for all three parts? Do not worry! All three parts will be recorded and available on our website for you to view at your convenience.

 Webinar Outcomes

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants were able to:

  1. Summarize the safety problem connected to rural roadway departures
  2. Identify proven safety countermeasures to combat rural roadway departures
  3. Summarize the EDC-5 Innovation: Reducing Rural Roadway Departures
  4. List who to speak with in your state, to show your support for joining the EDC-5 innovation
  5. Describe the potential safety related benefits of rumble strips and stripes
  6. Discuss the types of rumble strips/stripes and some of the issues to consider before implementation

 Target Audience

This training was directed towards a very broad safety audience including, but not limited to, planners, road supervisors, transportation managers, engineers, elected officials, and public health professionals. Participants should have some basic familiarity with transportation roadway safety.

Course Presenter

  • Dick Albin, Senior Safety Engineer, FHWA Resource Center Safety & Design Technical Services Team

Dick joined FHWA as a Safety Engineer with the FHWA Resource Center’s Safety and Design Team in June, 2008. Prior to joining FHWA, Dick worked for 15 years with the Washington State Department of Transportation and was an Assistant State Design Engineer when he left. Dick also worked for 6 years for the New York State Department of Transportation in a Regional office.  He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BS in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Washington State. Dick is a certified NHI Instructor.

  • Keith Knapp, National Rural Road Safety Center, Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), and the Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University

Keith Knapp is the Director of Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) of Iowa State University.  He has more than 25 years of experience in transportation-related training, outreach/extension, and research.  He has developed and been an instructor in local, state, and national training courses with a wide range of subjects and has taught traffic engineering, safety, and highway design at various universities.  He is a registered professional engineer.