From the limited data available, utility poles appear to constitute one of the major roadside hazards on U.S. highways. The data indicate that utility poles are one of the most frequently struck fixed objects along the roadside. Utility-pole accidents are estimated to account for more than 5 percent of the national traffic fatalities and more than 15 percent of the fixed-object traffic fatalities. Assessing and resolving the utility-pole accident problem is a formidable task. Contributing factors that make the problem difficult include sketchy accident statistics, lack of uniform standards and enforcement for locating utility poles, insufficient legal authority for states to undertake corrective action, inadequate right-of-way in many areas, and the high cost of current solutions to the problem. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the severity and complexity of the utility-pole accident problem and recommend further specific actions.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 36-43
  • Monograph Title: Utility facilities in transportation corridors
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00139574
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309024846
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-019 230
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 6 1983 12:00AM