DIVIDED HIGHWAYS ARE SAFER HIGHWAYS: PRINCIPLES IN DESIGN OF CENTER STRIPS AND METHODS OF SEPARATING EXISTING ROADWAYS

DATA ARE PRESENTED TO SHOW THAT THE USE OF DIVIDED HIGHWAYS WILL SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE THE ACCIDENT TOTAL BY PREVENTING THE MOST DEADLY TYPE OF ACCIDENT, THE HEAD-ON COLLISION. BASIC PRINCIPLES ARE OUTLINED GOVERNING THE DESIGN OF CENTER STRIPS, LOOKING TOWARDS THE ATTAINMENT OF MAXIMUM SAFETY AND PRACTICABILITY. STATISTICS REVEAL THAT HEAD-ON COLLISIONS ON RURAL HIGHWAYS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PROBLEMS BECAUSE THEY DIRECTLY CONCERN THE 40,000 AUTOMOBILE FATALITIES PER YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES. STATISTICAL DATA FROM ONE CANADIAN PROVINCE AND THREE STATES REVEAL THAT AROUND 26% OF ALL ACCIDENTS AND 43% OF ALL TWO- CAR COLLISIONS ARE OF THIS TYPE. THE PROBLEM IS DISCUSSED OF WHAT SHOULD BE DONE WITH PRESENT ROAD SYSTEMS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE BENEFITS OFFERED BY DIVIDED HIGHWAYS.

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    • Vol 8, No 4, PP 258-260, 6 PHOT
  • Authors:
    • Gilman, R H
  • Publication Date: 1938-4

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  • Accession Number: 00203275
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 18 1994 12:00AM