Construction and maintenance projects are costly enough without the added cost of lost human lives. Eliminating injuries and fatalities at work zones is a major concern of NTC research. Researchers have tested a number of different work zone control systems, including various positive protection methods, such as concrete barriers. Other approaches to achieving the goal of increased work zone safety have included deployment of a speed advisory system for drivers near work zones, and development of a methodology and computer-based decision tool to help evaluate the most effective and cost-effective work zone control technology on a case-by-case basis.

A leader in testing work zone safety devices is the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility (MwRSF). MwRSF has performed safety device testing and performance evaluation for several state departments of transportation across the country and numerous private design companies. Their faculty and graduate student researchers have participated in research projects as part of the Smart Work Zone Initiative, sponsored by the Transportation Pooled Fund Program, to investigate ways to improve all aspects of work zone safety.


Researchers Email Phone
Khattak, Aemal akhattak2@unl.edu 402-472-8126
Schurr, Karen kschurr1@unl.edu 402-472-2233


Project Principal Investigator Sponsor
NDOR Optimal Design of Workzone Crossovers Schurr, Karen Nebraska Department of Roads
Raised Pavement Markings in Workzone Khattak, Aemal Kansas Department of Transportation
Decision Tool for Work Zone Control Schurr, Karen Nebraska Department of Roads
Safety Investigation and Guidance for Work-Zone Devices in Freight Transportation Systems Subjected to Passenger Car and Truck Impacts with New Crash Standards Faller, Ronald Dicke Tool Company
Safety Investigation and Guidance for Work-Zone Devices in Freight Transportation Systems Subjected to Passenger Car and Truck Impacts with New Crash Standards Faller, Ronald Mid-America Transportation Center