A Comprehensive Safety Assessment Methodology for Innovative Geometric Designs

As the population grows and travel demands increase, alternative interchange designs have become increasingly popular. The diverging diamond interchange is an alternative design that has been implemented in the United States. This design can accommodate higher and unbalanced flow and improve safety at the interchange. As the diverging diamond interchange is increasingly considered as a possible solution to problematic interchange locations, it is imperative to investigate the safety effects of this configuration. This report describes the selection of a comparison group of urban diamond interchanges, crash data collection, calibration of functions used to estimate the predicted crash rate in the before and after periods, and the Empirical Bayes before and after analysis technique used to determine the safety effectiveness of the diverging diamond interchanges in Utah. A discussion of pedestrian and cyclist safety is also included. The analysis results demonstrated statistically significant decreases in crashes at most of the locations studied. This analysis can be used by Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and other transportation agencies as they consider future implementation of the diverging diamond interchanges.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 94p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01680907
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MPC 18-357
  • Files: UTC, TRIS, ATRI, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 13 2018 9:25AM