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OFFICE OF RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND TECHNOLOGY AT THE TURNER-FAIRBANK HIGHWAY RESEARCH CENTER

R&T Portfolio: Safety Design and Operations

The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) safety design and operations research identifies improvements to physical infrastructure or traffic operations that can be used to reduce collisions. The program focuses on three critical areas identified as having the greatest potential to reduce highway fatalities with physical improvements: (1) roadway departure, (2) intersection crashes, and (3) pedestrian/bicycle crashes. Changes to the roadway can improve safety by reducing the user’s exposure to dangerous situations.

Program Objectives:

  • Reduce intersection collisions resulting in fatalities and serious injuries.
  • Identify geometric designs, especially intersection configurations, that improve safety outcomes for all roadway users.
  • Develop physical infrastructure that mitigates the consequences of collisions or roadway departure incidents.
  • Validate roadway safety strategies using data.

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Office of Safety Research and Development
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
6300 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101
United States

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Last updated: Wednesday, June 8, 2022