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FHWA EDC-5 Innovation: Focus on Reducing Rural Roadway Departures Workshops
December 4, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Every day, 30 people die on the nation’s rural roads as a result of a roadway departure (RwD). This includes one or two people in Florida. The Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative to Focus on Reducing Rural Roadway Departures (FoRRRwD) is aimed at saving these lives. There are four pillars of this initiative:
1. All Public Roads – It is estimated that approximately half of the fatalities occur on roads not maintained by the state Department of Transportation (DOT).
2. Systemic Approach – Roadway departure crashes are not typically concentrated so looking for crash frequency may not be the best approach.
3. Proven Countermeasures – We have countermeasures that we know work to reduce roadway departures.
4. Safety Action Plans – Developing a plan at the state, regional, or local level can help prioritize safety improvements.
Because severe RwD crashes are widely dispersed across the rural road network, the systemic approach is critical to implementing RwD countermeasures. This training will introduce the key topics of the FoRRRwD, the RwD countermeasures, and how to use crash and roadway data to determine where to apply them through systemic safety analyses.
Proactive approach. Systemic analysis enables practitioners to mitigate high-risk locations, sometimes before crashes even happen.
- Targeted investments. Projects are based on data and risk, so investments can be made with more confidence.
- Flexibility. There is a wide range of analysis and countermeasure selection tools to fit any level of data and expertise.
- Safer roads. The combination of proven countermeasures installed at targeted, high-risk locations is the key to reducing rural roadway departures.
Workshop Topics Include:
- Introduction and Overview of RwD
- Delineation and Signing
- Recovery Area
- Minimizing Severity
- Systemic Approach to Safety
Richard B (Dick) Albin, joined the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as a Safety Engineer with the FHWA Resource Center’s Safety and Design Team in June 2008. Before joining FHWA, Dick worked for 15 years with the Washington State Department of Transportation and 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 chaired the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Roadside Safety Design Committee from 2009-2015 and is also a member of several National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) panels that oversee research on roadside safety issues. Dick is one of the leads for the Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative to Focus on Reducing Rural Roadway Departures.
Elliott Moore is a Safety and Design Engineer with the FHWA Resource Center based out of Richmond, VA. He has been with FHWA for 10 years. Elliott focuses on Interstate design, Data-Driven Safety Analysis including the implementation of the Highway Safety Manual and IHSDM software, and roadside design. Prior to joining the Resource Center, Elliott was an Area Engineer for FHWA’s VA Division Office where he partnered with the state DOT to deliver several large Interstate and managed lanes projects in northern Virginia. Outside of the agency, Elliott has worked as a research engineer and in traffic accident reconstruction.
This in-classroom training is being provided at no-cost and will award 7.0 PDHs upon completion. There will be a one-hour lunch break, however meals are not provided.
Space for this workshop is limited, and local agencies are being given first priority!
DATE: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
TIME: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT
LOCATION: FDOT District 3 Office, Conference Room
2956 State Correctional Road, Marianna, FL 32448