AN EVALUATION OF SIGNS FOR SIGHT-RESTRICTED RURAL INTERSECTIONS. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The report summarizes the results of an experiment sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and carried out at the Maine Facility, which examined the effectiveness of several alternative sign configurations (traditional warning, warning signs with lighted beacons, and regulatory signs) for warning motorists of a hazardous intersection ahead in rural two-lane situations. The principal findings were that enhanced warning signs (i.e., with flashing beacons) and the regulatory speed zone configuration were consistently more effective than basic non-enhanced warning signs relative to making motorists aware of the situation and slowing them down. The conclusions were based on both actual speed decreases at the intersection and motorists perceptions (from a survey) of the situation.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also report dated Feb 80, PB80-203755. Prepared in cooperation with Maine Dept. of Transportation, Bangor. Materials and Research Div.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Maine, Orono

    Social Science Research Institute
    Orono, ME  United States  04469

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Lyles, Richard W
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 10 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00329021
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-80- 1 Final Rpt., HS-030 294
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FH-11-9401
  • Files: HSL, NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 21 1983 12:00AM