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Office of Safety

January 2013

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Congratulations to the winners of the FHWA Office of Safety's Countermeasures Photo winners!


Aerial photo of a roundabout at the intersection of five different roadways. A label on the photo indicates that this is the 'Five Corners' roundabout at the intersections of Rte. 74 and 286 in Ellington, Connecticut.
Photo by James Norman, Connecticut Department of Transportation

Road Diets

Two photos depicting a downtown roadway before and after the road diet application. The before photo depicts a four-lane roadway (2 lanes in either direction) with parallel parking on either side of the travel lanes. The after photo depicts a two-lane roadway with one wide lane in each direction separated by a center lane that functions as a left turn lane at the frequent intersections. Parallel parking remains on either side of the roadway.
Photos by: Deborah Casadei, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon

Photo of a post-mounted high-intensity crosswalk beacon designed for a mid-block pedestrian crosswalk in an urban area.
Photo by: Sylvia Mousseux, City of Scottsdale

Medians and Pedestrian Crossing Islands in Urban and Suburban Areas

Photo of school children walking in front of a bus in a crosswalk cut through that features strips of truncated domes placed in line with the edges of the median cut-through area to indicate to sight impaired users that they are entering the roadway.
Photo by: Julie Walcoff, Ohio Department of Transportation

Corridor Access Management

Aerial photo depicting a road segment where intersections and a shopping area have been carefully designed for safe access.
Photo by: Jim Norman, Connecticut Department of Transportation

Backplates with Retroreflective Borders

Photo of a signal head mounted on a mast arm over a roadway. The signal head features a retroreflective backplate that surrounsds the signal head, improving its visibility at night. A sign next to the signal head reads 'Left turn yield on flashing yellow arrow.'
Photo by: Jeff Shaw, Federal Highway Administration

Longitudinal Rumble Strips and Stripes on Two-Lane Roads

Photo features a mountainous area separated from a wide body of water by a curving roadway with snow on the unpaved areas. The road features centerline and edgeline rumble strips and stripes.
Photo by: Kurt Smith, Alaska Department of Transportation

Safety Edge

Photo of freshly laid asphalt on a two-lane roadway featuring the safety edge. The roadway curves through a wooded area, but has wide, grassy shoulders.
Photo by: Andy Mergenmeier, Federal Highway Administration

Enhanced Delineation

Photo of a brightly painted merge area that features bright white channelizing devices and wide road striping to outline the curvature of the traffic pattern. In this photo, two separate two-lane roadways come from different directions and curve to run parallel to each other. The four lanes are separated by a series of channelizing devices.
Photo by: Peter Speer, Pexco LLC

Enhanced Delineation and Friction for Horizontal Curves

Photo of an elevated exit ramp on a highway with a number of labels explaining the improvements. These include: white chevron paint markings in gore areas, 36 by 48 inch fluorescent yellow chevron signs mounted along the curvature of the ramp, a fluorescent yellow advisory ramp speed sign with an amber beacon, shoulder rumbles on either side of the ramp, a high friction surface, enhanced signing with fluorescent yellow speed limit and gore delineation, and '40 MPH' painted on the deceleration lane. The photo is of the I-80 easbound ramp to I-235 westbound in Des Moines, Iowa.
Photo by: Willy Sorenson, Iowa Department of Transportation

Bicycle Safety

Photo depicts a two-lane roadway with double yellow center lines that is bordered on the right by a wide but street-level brick median featuring pole-mounted luminaires and plantings. The median area serves to separate the roadway from a set of bike lanes, one in each direction, painted a bright green color with dashed white lines between the two lanes, which feature directional arrows and bicycle icons. The bike lanes are bordered on the right by the raised curb of a pedestrian sidewalk.
Photo by: Karen Dintz, Transpo Industries

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