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Intersection Safety: A Manual for Local Rural Road Owners

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Technical Report Documentation Page

1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Intersection Safety: A Manual for Local Rural Road Owners

5. Report Date

January 2011

6. Performing Organization Code


7. Author(s)

Gary A. Golembiewski and Brian Chandler

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
8301 Greensboro Drive, Mailstop E-12-3
McLean, VA 22102

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.

DFTH61-05-D-00025, T-09-003

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

United States Department of Transportation
Office of Safety
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered


14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes

The Task Manager for this document was Rosemarie Anderson, FHWA Office of Safety.
The Technical Oversight Working Group included John Dewar, Ed Rice, Joe Bared, and Fred Ranck, FHWA; Betsey Tramonte, FHWA Louisiana Division; David Anderson, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission; Bruce Drewes, Idaho Technology Transfer Center; Joe Fiocco, McMahon Associates, Inc.; Wayne Schoonover, Ionia County, Michigan Road Commission; and Bob Sperry, Iowa LTAP/CTRE.

16. Abstract

According to the Federal Highway Administration, over 6 million lane-miles of roadway are in rural areas, and more than two-thirds of these rural roads are owned and operated by local entities. In 2008 56 percent of the 37,261 fatalities on U.S. roadways occurred in rural areas. Rural areas face a number of highway safety challenges due to the nature of their facilities.

More than 20 percent of all traffic fatalities in the United States occur at intersections and over 80 percent of intersection-related fatalities in rural areas occur at unsignalized intersections. This document provides information on effectively identifying intersection safety issues in local areas, choosing the countermeasures that address them, and evaluating the benefits of those treatments. It is geared toward local road managers and other practitioners with responsibility for operating and maintaining their roads. It offers information on the procedures and processes to improve the safety of local rural unsignalized intersections and to reduce the potential for future crashes.

17. Key Words

Intersection Safety, Intersections, Local, Rural, Unsignalized Intersections, Data, Field Review, Signs, Pavement Markings, Practitioner, Crashes, Implementation.

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions.

19. Security Classification (of this report)


20. Security Classification (of this page)


21. No of Pages


22. Price


Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72)
Reproduction of completed page authorized.