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Good Practices: Incorporating Safety into Resurfacing and Restoration Projects

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U.S. Department of Transportation

Federal Highway Administration

December 2006

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1. Report No. FHWA-SA-07-001 2. Government Accession No. 3. Recipient's Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle Good Practices: Incorporating Safety into Resurfacing and Restoration Projects 5. Report Date December 2006
6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s)
Mahoney, Kevin M; Julian, Frank; Taylor, Harry W., Jr.
8. Performing Organization Report No.
9. Performing Organization Name and AddressData Solutions & Technology Inc. (DST)
9901 Business Parkway, Ste. R
Lanham, MD 20706-1887
(research)Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc (VHB)
8300 Boone Blvd., Ste. 700
Vienna, VA 22182-2626
(editorial and production)
10. Work Unit No.
11. Contract or Grant No. DTFH61-03-C-00111 (DST) DTFH61-05-D-00024 (VHB)
12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Safety 400 Seventh Street, SW, HSSDWashington, DC20590 13. Type of Report and Period Domestic Scan Covered June - August 2005
14. Sponsoring Agency Code FHWA/HSSD
15. Supplementary Notes. The Federal Highway Administration (Office of Safety), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) cosponsored this Scan Tour. The Scan Team Members were Ernest J. Blais, Keith Cota, Lawrence B. Hummel, N. Kent Israel, Frank Julian, Bernie Kuta, Kevin M. Mahoney, Susan G. Miller, and Harry W. Taylor, Jr. FHWA Office of Safety Contract Task Order Manager was Debra Chappell.
16. Abstract. Integrating safety improvements into resurfacing and restoration projects is a subject of long-standing interest by Federal, State, and local transportation agencies. A Scan Tour was conducted to identify and subsequently observe good practices in this area. The scan team visitedColorado,Iowa,New York,Pennsylvania,Utah andWashingtonState. The Scan Team met with each State DOT and county agencies in three States and observed completed projects in all States. Despite wide variations in agency operating environments (e. g., funding levels and flexibility, public expectations, environmental regulations), the report identifies a set of common issues host agencies confronted in developing integrated resurfacing-safety improvement programs, and also observed a set of common success factors.Good practices are reported within institutional and technical categories. Good institutional practices include commitment to integrate safety into pavement preservation projects, establishing a system that allows for multifunded projects (pavement, safety) and allocates cost items by fund, allowing for flexible project development cycles, strengthening State-local relationships, developing an expedient procedure for acquiring minor rights-of-way, and engaging safety experts in the project development process. Good technical practices include identifying targeted safety countermeasures, making selective geometric improvements, installing traffic control devices and guidance features, improving roadsides, and improving private and public access points.
17. Key Words: Pavement; resurfacing; restoration; rehabilitation; preservation; management; preventative maintenance; 1R, 2R; 3R; roadside; rumble strip; rumble stripe; safety enhancements; scan 18. Distribution Statement No restrictions.
19. Security Classif. (of this report) Unclassified 20. Security Classif. (of this page) Unclassified 21. No. of Pages
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