Truck Parking: An Emerging Safety Hazard to Highway Users

It is recognized nationwide that commercial motor vehicle operators are often unable to find safe and adequate parking to meet hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. This holds true in Oregon, where high-use corridor rest areas and truck stops are experiencing a demand for truck parking that exceeds capacity. With such a demand for truck parking, there is an inherent safety concern for all highway users, primarily due to trucks parking in undesignated areas or commercial motor vehicle drivers exceeding their HOS to find safe and adequate parking. This work takes a closer look at truck parking along a high-use corridor in Oregon, namely US-97. To accomplish this, a stated-preference survey is administered to truck drivers that utilize Oregon roadways to gather opinions in regards to truck parking. Next, a parking demand analysis is conducted to assess current and future truck parking demand along US-97. To finish, historical Oregon crash data are used to identify crash trends, crash hot spots, and crash harm estimates along US-97. Survey results indicate that nearly two-thirds of surveyed truck drivers encountered trouble when looking for safe and adequate parking. Further, crash trends in terms of time-of-day, day of the week, and month of the year follow the time periods drivers stated having trouble finding safe and adequate parking. Crash harm estimates suggest a substantial impact on the economy.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 162p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01643650
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-OR-RD-18-02, SPR 783
  • Created Date: Aug 14 2017 12:43PM