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Continuing to Address Reducing Rural Roadway Departures

FHWA’s Every Day Counts Round 5 is in full swing, and among the initiatives in this round is Reducing Rural Roadway Departures. Taking a cue from previous EDC rounds, this new set of initiatives continues to address safety issues with proven countermeasures to work toward reductions in transportation-related fatalities and injuries.

Pie chart indicating the different types of roadway departure crashesReducing Rural Roadway Departures looks to drastically cut the frequency of roadway departure crashes- crashes that are responsible for 2/3 of the rural roadway fatalities. The image to the left shows the three emphasis areas accounting for more than 70 percent* of all roadway departure fatal crashes: overturns, opposing direction, and trees/shrubs FHWA has suggested several countermeasures to support this initiative, including barrier installation, clear zones, signage/markings, friction treatments, and rumble strips. In addition, FHWA is embarking on rural road safety action plans with states that are looking to make improvements on their rural roadways; FHWA will also continue providing training and technical assistance for systemic safety analysis.

For more information on EDC 5 Reducing Rural Roadway Departures, please visit here.

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