ITS Solutions for Safer Rural Road Intersections: A Local Intelligent Transportation Systems Case Study on Rural Intersection Safety

Driving on rural roads has its dangers—something engineers at the Olmsted County Public Works Department know all too well. In 2008, 8 fatality crashes and 949 injury crashes occurred on the county’s primarily rural roadways. While the county’s rate of one fatality crash per million vehicle miles traveled (2007) is below the national average for rural roadways of 2.25 fatality crashes per million vehicle miles, highway safety is still a top concern of the county’s public works department. With the goal of improving traffic safety, in 2006 Olmsted County conducted a road safety audit of 13 intersections experiencing the county’s highest crash rates. When the road safety audit recommendations came back, eight of the intersections were identified as candidates for possible intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies. However, the audit supplied few specifics about the cost and type of ITS applications that should be deployed. The county public works department would need more details in order to effectively implement ITS intersection safety solutions. This fact sheet describes the funding source that came to the aid of the County (the Local Technical Assistance Program), discusses the intelligent transportation systems (ITS) pilot safety study under its auspices, and details the intersection safety recommendations that were considered.


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  • Accession Number: 01148569
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 8 2010 3:56PM