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.
- See also report dated Feb 80, PB80-203755. Prepared in cooperation with Maine Dept. of Transportation, Bangor. Materials and Research Div.
University of Maine, OronoSocial Science Research Institute
Orono, ME USA 04469
Washington, DC USA 20590
- Lyles, Richard W
- Publication Date: 1980-5
- Features: References;
- Pagination: 10 p.
- TRT Terms: Beacons; Flash lamps; Flashing beacons; Hazards; Highway traffic control; Intersections; Measures of effectiveness; Roads; Rural areas; Rural highways; Traffic signs; Traffic surveys; Visibility; Warning signs; Warning systems
- Uncontrolled Terms: Effectiveness
- Subject Areas: Highways; Operations and Traffic Management; I73: Traffic Control;
- 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