Transportation agencies throughout the country have implemented various successful and effective low cost strategies to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion. This report presents the results of an investigation into these low cost traffic engineering improvements, including types of actions, costs, and benefits. The report is divided into five parts. Following the introductory section, the second part describes several low cost traffic engineering improvements that have been implemented in a variety of locations. The third part discusses why low cost traffic engineering improvements are important. One of the most significant reasons cited for pursuing low cost improvements is that limited funding is available to local jurisdictions for managing growing safety and capacity problems. The fourth part examines the benefits that have been derived from the implementation of low cost improvements based on several examples that have been implemented in different parts of the nation. The fifth part describes several experimental or innovative low cost approaches to increasing safety and mitigating congestion.

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    Science Applications International Corporation

    301 Laboratory Road
    Oak Ridge, TN  United States  37831

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Transportation Management, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Latham, F E
    • Trombly, J W
  • Publication Date: 2003-4


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 28 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00989261
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-OP-03-078,, Final Report
  • Contract Numbers: DTFH61-01-C-00180
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 19 2005 12:00AM