Join the Federal Highway Administration, the Baystate Roads Program and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for a presentation on Road Diets (Roadway Configurations) via a live webinar on April 9, 2015.
Local subject matter experts will include Lou Rabito, MassDOT and Tom Janikula, Area Engineer, District 4, FHWA MA Division.
Four-lane undivided highways experience relatively high crash frequencies–especially between high-speed through traffic, left-turning vehicles and other road users. One option for addressing this safety concern is a Road Diet, which typically involves converting an existing four-lane undivided roadway segment to a three-lane segment consisting of two through lanes and a center two-way left-turn lane. This reconfiguration has many benefits:
Safety. Road Diets can make the roadway environment safer for all users. Studies indicate a 19 to 47 percent reduction in overall crashes when a Road Diet is installed. For pedestrians, Road Diets result in fewer lanes to cross and provide an opportunity to install refuge islands.
Low Cost. Road Diets make efficient use of limited roadway area. When planned in conjunction with reconstruction or simple overlay projects, the safety and operational benefits of Road Diets are achieved essentially for the cost of restriping pavement lanes.
Quality of Life. Road Diets can make shared spaces more livable and contribute to a community-focused, “Complete Streets” environment. On-street parking and bike lanes can also bring increased foot traffic to business districts.
As part of the safety focus area of the Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is promoting Road Diets. This EDC Exchange will highlight how local agencies are using this low cost safety countermeasure to improve safety, operations, and livability in their communities. This Exchange will be of interest to Safety Engineers, Transportation Planners, Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinators, Safe Routes to School Coordinators, Local Public Agency Coordinators, and Transportation Alternatives Program Managers.
Come join us for discussion and the live webinar on April 9 beginning at 1:00 pm followed by the Webinar from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the CMRPC Training Room, Union Station, 2 Washington Square, Worcester, MA 01604.
This event is offered free of charge. This live webinar cannot be viewed by individuals from their own computers.
For more information and to register for the event please visit mass.gov/baystateroads.