EXPERIENCES WITH ADAPTING TECHNICAL ROAD SAFETY MEASURES AT THE PASSING OF TRUNK ROADS THROUGH VILLAGES AND SMALL TOWNS

A distinctive mark of a basic Polish road network is the almost entire lack of motorways and expressways (from about 46,000 km of whole national road network only about 33 km are motorways and expressways). This factor as well as the little number of bypasses causes many sections of heavy traffic trunk roads to pass through areas with high density population. For many people living on both sides of the road such sections are essentially integration barriers. Because during the last ten years the motorization level in Poland has almost doubled, there has been observed an increase of traffic volumes on these roads. This occurrence is accompanied by an increasing number of road accidents. Many of the accidents, particularly those involving pedestrians and bicyclists, have occurred on sections of trunk roads passing through villages and small towns. The authors' consulting firm redesigned through reconstruction and modernization many of these sections passing through villages and small towns. Efforts were directed mainly at enforcing a decrease of vehicle velocity on these sections and separation of vehicle traffic from pedestrian and bicyclist traffic. A before and after traffic safety analysis was conducted to gather experiences, both positive and negative in the sense of improving or worsening of the traffic safety condition. In this paper, the authors present some results of their experiences and estimate the degree of traffic safety obtained by these technical measures.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • The publisher's German name is Forschungsgesellschaft fur Strassen- und Verkehrswesen (FGSV).
  • Corporate Authors:

    Road and Transportation Research Association

    Postbox 50 13 62
    D-50973 Cologne,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • Pietrucha, F
    • Walawski, S
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 2000-6

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 135-144

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00794773
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FGSV 002/67
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 23 2000 12:00AM