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Rural Roadway Departure Countermeasures – Part 3

December 2018 Webinar

Availability Status: Archived

  • Created: Tuesday December 18th, 2018
  • Source: Federal Highway Administration, Institute for Transportation 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, Advanced
  • Sector: Local, State, Federal, Tribal
  • Profession: Engineers, Enforcement, EMS, Planners, Policy makers
  • Training Format: Training Webinar
  • 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 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 3, attendees learned about clear zone treatments and crash testing of roadside hardware.

Missed the other two parts? Do not worry! They were recorded and are available on our website for you to view at your convenience. The other webinars in the series, have addressed the following subjects:

  • (part 1) summary of rural roadway departure safety problem, a description of the EDC-5 innovation focused on rural roadway departure reduction, and a discussion about rumble strips (archived version can be found here)
  •  (part 2) roadway curve marking/signing and high friction surface treatments (archived version can be found here)

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

  • List some methods to reduce the potential to crash when a vehicle leaves the roadway
  • Describe critical, traversable, and recoverable slopes
  • Define clear zone, it’s basis, and limitations
  • Identify the criteria for determining the crashworthiness of roadside hardware
  • Describe the implementation plan for MASH
  • Identify hardware that has been tested to MASH

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 Presenters

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.