Effects of highway work zone temporary countermeasures

Highway work zones are associated with significant adverse impacts on safety. Mitigating these impacts can be achieved by implementing several countermeasures. This paper uses controlled experiments in a driving simulator to investigate the effects of physical and digital temporary traffic control countermeasures on work zone safety. These include variable message signs, dynamic speed displays, rumble strips, and lane widths. 116 participants were recruited for the experiment. A linear mixed-effects model was developed to capture the effects of these countermeasures on average travel speed and standard deviation of speeds in the advanced warning area and within the work zone itself. The results reveal that rumble strips installed within the work zone cause the strongest reduction in speeds. Narrower lanes cause smaller speed reductions. In general, the effects of temporary traffic control countermeasures on speeds were local and were not retained beyond their proximity.

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  • Accession Number: 01887820
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 18 2023 9:16AM