6. RECOMMENDED READING
As stated previously, this report is a snapshot of some best management practices—currently under real-world deployment—within agencies around the nation; it is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to managing roadside trees and poles. There have been a number of other works written about tree and pole management strategies and additional research is being proposed within the industry. In addition to the AASHTO Roadside Design Guide, the two works described and cited below are recommended reading for additional information.
They are drawn from the NCHRP 500 series, a compendium of guidance to aid in reducing fatal and serious injury crashes within certain focus areas.
Report 500-Volume 3, focuses on lowering the incidence and severity of tree crashes, primarily by preventing trees from growing in hazardous locations in the first place, and eliminating existing trees or reducing the severity of crashes in which they are involved.44
6.2 Utility Pole
Report 500-Volume 8, focuses on lowering the incidence and severity of utility pole crashes, by preventing the placement of, and treating poles in high risk locations. It also examines treating several poles—corridor-wide—to decrease the likelihood impacting a pole in a run off road event.45
44 Neuman, T., et al, NCHRP Report 500: Guidance for Implementation of the AASHTO Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Volume 3: A Guide for Addressing Collisions with Trees in Hazardous Locations, Washington DC: Transportation Research Board of theNational Academies, 2003.
45 Neuman, T., et al, NCHRP Report 500: Guidance for Implementation of the AASHTO Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Volume 8: A Guide for Reducing Collisions Involving Utility Poles, Washington DC: Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, 2004.
For More Information:
Noteworthy Practices for Roadside Tree and
Utility Pole Management, visit: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/