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.
|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|
- Analyzing Highway Work Zone Crashes and Traffic Control Effectiveness: Utilizing Effective Safety Countermeasures to Reduce Vehicle Crash Risks
- Comparison of Characteristics between Fatal and Injury Accidents in the Highway Construction Zones
- Effectiveness of Temporary Traffic Control Measures in Highway Work Zones