As part of research conducted to develop a more definitive guide for the selection of divided and undivided sections on urban four-lane roadways in Nebraska, accident experience at signalized and unsignalized intersections on urban four-lane roadways was analyzed to assess the safety effects of left-turn lanes. Results of this analysis are presented. Multivehicle accidents on intersection approaches with left-turn lanes were compared with those on similar approaches without left-turn lanes. The degree to which left-turn lanes on signalized and on uncontrolled approaches reduced accidents was computed. The statistical significance of the percent reductions was determined using the chi-squared test. Left-turn lanes at intersections on urban four-lane roadways were found to significantly reduce rear-end, sideswipe, and left-turn accidents. However, on the uncontrolled approaches of intersections on urban undivided roadways, left-turn lanes were found to significantly increase right-angle accidents, as well as reduce rear-end, sideswipe, and left-turn accidents.

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 17-22
  • Monograph Title: Geometric design and operational effects
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00495449
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309049660
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1990 12:00AM