This article discusses the principal findings of a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) study to identify safety problems on two-lane rural highways in the United States and to determine the cost-effectiveness of possible highway-related solutions to those problems. The emphasis of the study was to provide general guidance for investing highway safety funds for two-lane rural highways in future years. An extensive literature review was conducted and existing accident data bases were analyzed to provide current information on the safety performance of two-lane rural highways and the potential benefits of highway improvements or accident countermeasures. The entire two-lane rural highway system was considered as were the range of safety improvements that ordinarily would be considered for use on the system. Although the emphasis of the study was on safety, operational characteristics also were considered. The study should provide the means for designing a two-lane rural highway system that is more integrated, consistent, and safe in light of current and forecasted economic constraints.

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    • This article summarizes "Identification, Quantification, and Structuring of Two-Lane Rural Highway Safety Problems and Solutions, Volume 1 and 11," Report Nos. FHWA/RD-83/021 and FHWA/RD-83/022, Federal Highway Administration, June 1983. Unpublished reports.
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    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Brinkman, C P
    • SMITH, S A
  • Publication Date: 1984-9

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  • Accession Number: 00393915
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 738
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 31 1985 12:00AM