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Rural Roundabouts are Saving Lives

July 2018 Webinar

Availability Status: Archived

  • Created: Thursday July 19th, 2018
  • Source: Federal Highway Administration
  • Publishing Organization: National Center for Rural Road Safety
  • Topic: Engineering, Road
  • Sub-Topic: Geometric Design, Intersection Design/Safety, Roundabouts, Safety Countermeasures
  • Skill Level: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Sector: Local, State, Federal, Tribal
  • Profession: Engineers, Enforcement, Planners, Politicians, Policy makers
  • Training Format: Training Webinar
  • Duration: 1.5 Hours

Description/Learning Outcomes:

The National Center for Rural Road Safety (Safety Center) hosted a FREE, 1.5-hour online webinar.

Webinar Description
This webinar provided an overview of the safety and design of rural roundabouts in the United States. It included case studies of rural roundabouts on local and state highways as well as the safety experience.

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

  • State the risks of rural intersections
  • Name examples of rural roundabouts in the US
  • Summarize the benefits of roundabouts on rural roadways

Target Audience
This training was directed towards a very broad safety audience including, but not limited to, law enforcement, planners, engineers, first responders, elected officials, public health, tourism agencies, and safety culture experts. Participants should have some basic familiarity with transportation safety.

Course Presenter

  • Hillary Isebrands, FHWA Resource Center, Safety and Design Technical Service Team Roadway Safety Engineer

Hillary Isebrands has contributed to the transportation profession for over 20 years. She has expertise as a roadway design and safety engineer as well as a traffic engineer and transportation researcher. Hillary is currently a Senior Roadway Safety Engineer and Team Leader with FHWA, Resource Center (RC), Safety and Design TST. As a part of this 16 person National Team, she provides safety and design technical assistance, deploys current design and safety technologies and provides project reviews to FHWA’s internal and external customers. She specializes in roundabouts and local and rural road safety and design. Hillary also oversees the National Center for Rural Road Safety, a MAP-21 Center of Excellence. Prior to working with FHWA, Hillary conducted research at the Iowa State University, Center for Transportation Research and Education. She performed research in the areas of rural roundabouts and intersections as well as pedestrian and traffic safety. Additionally, she served as a technical advisor to the Iowa DOT on roundabouts and facilitated and conducted roundabout educational presentations and seminars for the public and local government agencies. Earlier in her career, Hillary was a project manager and transportation engineer for an engineering consulting firm in Wisconsin. Hillary is a professional engineer in Iowa and Wisconsin, a National Highway Institute (NHI) Certified Instructor and has her BS, MS and PhD in Civil Engineering. Hillary is a member and Secretary of the TRB Standing Committee on Roundabouts, past member of the TRB Standing Committee on Geometric Design, and Past Chair of the ITE Roundabout Task Force.