Collaborating for Highway Safety and Operations

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017

Author: Becky White, PTP

On October 10-13, three Sain staff members attended the 13th annual Tennessee Highway Safety and Operations Conference in Franklin, TN.  The conference was a joint effort between Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), TDOT’s Highway Incident Management section, and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Technical sessions were provided on a variety of topics aimed at improving cross-communication between engineers, incident management first responders, and traffic operations specialists to improve safety and operations on Tennessee’s highway network.

The conference included some very interesting presentations on the current state of planning at FHWA and TDOT for connected and autonomous vehicle technology.  We also got a glimpse from across the state line at what Georgia has accomplished with their Highway Emergency Response Operators (HERO) program.  TDOT Deputy Commissioner Paul Degges also presented HELP Lifesaver Awards to several Tennessee highway incident first responders.

Erin Curry and I gave a presentation on a Safety Projects Evaluation study that Sain conducted recently for TDOT’s Safety Office.  TDOT began conducting Road Safety Audits and other special safety projects in 2005 with well over 1000 projects performed to date.  Sain Associates was tasked with analyzing the effectiveness of constructed safety projects in reducing crash frequency. Our presentation at the Safety and Operations Conference provided a summary of Sain’s study and findings.

 

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