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June 2009



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1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient’s Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Intersection Safety Needs Identification Report

5. Report Date

July 2009

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Richard C. Coakley (CH2M HILL),

Edward R. Stollof (Institute of Transportation Engineers)

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
100 CambridgePark Drive, Suite 400
Cambridge, MA 02140

10. Work Unit No.

11. Contract or Grant No.

Work Order No. T-07-001

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Federal Highway Administration
Office of Safety Design
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Technical Report

14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes

Study conducted by CH2M HILL and ITE under subcontract to Cambridge Systematics, Inc.

16. Abstract

The National Agenda for Intersection Safety was developed as a result of the information, data and discussions that occurred at the National Intersection Safety Workshop held in Milwaukee, WI on November 14-16, 2001.  The Agenda includes 62strategies and 41 issues intended to assist road jurisdictions in improving safety at intersections throughout the nation.  The National Agenda for Intersection Safety (Publication No. FHWA-SA-02-007) was published by the Federal Highway Administration in 2002.  The Agenda was intended to be a “living document”, and capable of being modified periodically based on comments received and actions implemented by transportation and safety agencies.  This document has not been revised since the publication in 2002.

The Needs Identification Report documents the investigation of the current accuracy, relevance and implementation of the strategies contained in the Agenda.  The report reflects the findings from the study that reviewed the progress that has been made on intersection safety in the U.S. since the National Agenda for Intersection Safety was published in 2002. This report can help guide decision makers in any highway agency, or organizations such as industry and academia, in their investment in reducing crashes and their impacts in and related to intersections, with emphasis on reducing fatalities and serious injuries.

17. Key Words

Intersection Safety, Roundabouts, Traffic Signals, Pedestrians, Bicyclists, Road Safety Audits, Access Management, Crash Data, Red Light Running, Alternative Intersection Designs

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions.  This document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161.

19. Security Classif. (of this report)


20. Security Classif. (of this page)


21. No of Pages


22. Price

Table of Contents

Executive Summary



Intersection Safety Categories and Associated Strategies

  1. Intersection Design Options
  2. Traffic Control
  3. Intersection User Issues
  4. Intersection Program Issues

List of Exhibits

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