Relationship of Lane Width to Safety on Urban and Suburban Arterials

This research investigated the relationship between lane width and safety for roadway segments and intersection approaches on urban and suburban arterials. The research found no general indication that the use of lanes narrower than 3.6 m (12 ft) on urban and suburban arterials increases crash frequencies. This finding suggests that geometric design policies should provide substantial flexibility for use of lane widths narrower than 3.6 m (12 ft). The inconsistent results suggested increased crash frequencies with narrower lanes in three specific design situations. Narrower lanes should be used cautiously in these three situations unless local experience indicates otherwise.


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  • Accession Number: 01046065
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309104500
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 07-3153
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2007 7:51PM