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Title:A Safety Improvement Program for Rural Unpaved Roads
Authors:R. Craig Caldwell and Eugene Wilson
University:University of Wyoming
Publication Date:Jan 1997
Report #:MPC-97-70
Project #:MPC-085
TRID #:00737044
Keywords:economic factors, improvements, low volume roads, rural highways, safety programs, traffic volume, unpaved roads, vehicle miles of travel
Type:Research Report – MPC Publications


This paper presents a prototype safety improvement program (SIP), which was developed specifically for unpaved roads. The combination of high mileage, low traffic volume, and limited budgets make it difficult for local agencies to adopt traditional safety improvement programs. The SIP for unpaved roads presented here is economically and procedurally appropriate for local road agencies. It provides a systematic means of prioritizing road sections for safety analysis and identifying safety improvement needs. One of the many unique features of the program is its "partnering" approach to involving public road users in the safety improvement process. Results of case studies that validate the procedure are included.

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