OHIO GIVES STEADY BURN LIGHTS THE BOOT

A study is reported which investigated the effects of steady burn lights in tangent, curved, lighted, unlighted, and tapered sections, ramps and median crossovers in work zones in Ohio. The study attempted to determine if steady burn lights are needed in tangent sections with horizontal and vertical curves, with and without external lighting, entrance and exit ramps, tapered sections of lane closures, and median crossovers. An instrumented car was used to collect the data in several highway work zones. The study indicated that there was little or no benefit from the use of steady burn lights. The Ohio Department of Transportation estimates that the new policy to eliminate the requirement of such lights will save about $250,000. High intensity sheeting on drums and flashing arrow panels in the beginning of taper had a powerful effect on the motorists, thus leaving steady burn lights without any practical value in highway work zones.

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    Scranton Gillette Communications

    380 E Northwest Highway, Suite 200
    Des Planes, IL  United States  60016-2282
  • Publication Date: 1992-9

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00624281
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 5 1993 12:00AM