ROADWAY SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS: USING LIABILITY TO EVALUATE

This paper discusses the three most important liability issues that local transportation agencies are exposed to in the proper maintenance of their roadway systems: improper maintenance of signs and pavement markings; improper maintenance of roadway surfaces and shoulders, especially pavement drop offs; and improper traffic signal maintenance. It also describes the programs that Lee County, Florida, has instituted to help minimize their liability exposure for these three issues. Under a sign installers inspection program, it was found that every roadway in the county could be inspected on an average of 11.0 workdays. In addition to this routine inspection program, every 2 weeks one of nine geographical areas is selected for a night inspection of the major roadways in that area. Lee County also instituted a policy of using high performance grade sheeting on all signs that need to be reflectorized. To reduce emergency calls, the county has installed light emitting diodes (LEDs) in all red traffic signal heads.

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  • English

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  • Pagination: 4p

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  • Accession Number: 00768874
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1999 12:00AM