ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION OF TRUCK TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS AND SEPARATION METHODS ON INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS

The interaction of heavy and light vehicles is a widespread problem on U.S. freeways. Increases in truck and car volumes have added to existing problems related to pavement deterioration rate, safety, and traffic operations, and there is much concern over the severity of car-truck accidents and their corresponding traffic delays. This report examines various truck traffic separation schemes that have been proposed to solve the problems associated with mixed vehicle travel. Safety, highway operations, and pavement deterioration are the main considerations in this report; cost, feasibility, enforcement, environmental impact, and perception by the public were analyzed as well. While few comparative studies are available, locations where each strategy has been implemented were studied to determine effectiveness. This report also includes a summary of current truck traffic restriction policies with the U.S., obtained through a survey of transportation agencies in each of the fifty states. Survey results provide background information on current practices, and may highlight various schemes or locations that would provide beneficial further research.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared for Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Research Center. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Virginia Department of Transportation.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Virginia, Charlottesville

    Center for Transportation Studies, P.O. Box 400742
    Charlottesville, VA  United States  22904-4742
  • Authors:
    • Wishart, H L
    • Hoel, L A
  • Publication Date: 1996-6

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 65 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00726004
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UVA/529242/CE96/104,, Final Report
  • Contract Numbers: USDT-TPSU-UV-0013-1113
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 21 1996 12:00AM