AN EVALUATION OF THE THIRTY FOOT CLEAR ZONE

This study is to evaluate accidents occurring on highway sections built under standards complying with the 30-foot clear zone in order to determine if a safer highway environment has been evident on these sections. The study took place in Illinois. Accident data were in the form of a collision diagram printout for all of the study sections. Data was provided for the routes under study for the period 1 January 1968 to 30 September 1973. Traffic data were extracted from Average Daily Total Traffic maps. A roadway inventory for the study sections was made. Interstate highway sections built to 6:1 safety standards incorporating elements of the 30-foot clear zone have shown lower accident, injury and fatality rates, though not statistically significant. Interstate 70, built almost completely to modified safety standards, showed a better safety record. The before/after studies of safety improvements involving modification of headwalls for 30-foot clearance, placement of guardrail to protect bridge wings, piers, and larger headwalls showed no statistical differences. Recommendations for further study are outlined.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Urbana, IL  United States  61801
  • Authors:
    • Dotson, V E
  • Publication Date: 1974

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 41 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00132102
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 29 1977 12:00AM