STUDY OF FHWA ROADSIDE SAFETY DESIGN

This report completes the actions requested in Mr. Lann's memorandum of January 9, 1975, concerning the assignment of a task force to review and develop a position paper on the following charges addressing the roadside safety design under the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA): 1. Is our present system for devising highway design standards adequate? 2. Are our present highway safety design standards expressed in terms of objective performance criteria? 3. Is our present method of issuing regulations and directives concerning highway safety design standards adequate to provide public input? 4. Is our present operating procedure adequate to insure the application of sound roadside safety design principles on all new highway projects? 5. Is national legislation necessary to overcome the State's concern over liability by providing that formal identification and recognition of hazards does not constitute evidence of negligence provided that an active program of correction executed to the limits of the State's resources is in being? 6. Are there substantive corrections of fact which relate to the conclusions of the report which can be documented and which should be noted? 7. Are there conclusions of the report which are not supported by the data and which should be challenged? 8. How valid is the statement made in the news release of December 16, 1974, by Ms. Ellen S. Miller, that "We concluded that the underlying cause of this safety failure is that highway officials do not accept responsibility for safee roadside design as an integral part of every highway project they build--a failure which results in the unnecessary deaths of at least 18,000 people annually." 9. List actions FHWA should take as a result of the CAS Report--if any. 10. Any other items in the "Report" may be considered by the task force if they appear warranted. The task force, consisting of representatives from the Offices of Chief Counsel, Research, Development, Engineering, Traffic Operations, and Highway Safety has reviewed the charges attached to Mr. Lamm's memorandum and their findings and recommendations are set out in the following sections of this report.

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  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 136 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00132135
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 29 1977 12:00AM