This article describes a visit by a team of 10 U.S. traffic engineers to Europe in order to observe, examine, and document innovative traffic flow and traffic control practices that could improve domestic highway transportation networks and that could be implemented in the U.S. This effort was jointly sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and the Transportation Research Board. Tiger-tail marking used on freeway entrance and exit ramps and the all-white system of pavement markings used throughout Europe are 2 practices that team members believe would have great potential value in the U.S. Intelligent speed adaptation and self-optimized traffic signal control were 2 operational practices which also impressed the team. A variety of other European highway operational and safety practices are also discussed, as is the great amount of information that European agencies provide to road users in the form of variable and dynamic message signs.


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  • Accession Number: 00791339
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 5 2000 12:00AM