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NATIONAL NCHRP REPORT 627 COOPERATIVE HIGHWAY RESEARCH PROGRAM Traffic Safety Evaluation of Nighttime and Daytime Work Zones
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TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD 2008 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE* OFFICERS CHAIR: Debra L. Miller, Secretary, Kansas DOT, Topeka VICE CHAIR: Adib K. Kanafani, Cahill Professor of Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Robert E. Skinner, Jr., Transportation Research Board MEMBERS J. Barry Barker, Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY Allen D. Biehler, Secretary, Pennsylvania DOT, Harrisburg John D. Bowe, President, Americas Region, APL Limited, Oakland, CA Larry L. Brown, Sr., Executive Director, Mississippi DOT, Jackson Deborah H. Butler, Executive Vice President, Planning, and CIO, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Norfolk, VA William A.V. Clark, Professor, Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles David S. Ekern, Commissioner, Virginia DOT, Richmond Nicholas J. Garber, Henry L. Kinnier Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville Jeffrey W. Hamiel, Executive Director, Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis, MN Edward A. (Ned) Helme, President, Center for Clean Air Policy, Washington, DC Will Kempton, Director, California DOT, Sacramento Susan Martinovich, Director, Nevada DOT, Carson City Michael D. Meyer, Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta Michael R. Morris, Director of Transportation, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Arlington Neil J. Pedersen, Administrator, Maryland State Highway Administration, Baltimore Pete K. Rahn, Director, Missouri DOT, Jefferson City Sandra Rosenbloom, Professor of Planning, University of Arizona, Tucson Tracy L. Rosser, Vice President, Corporate Traffic, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Bentonville, AR Rosa Clausell Rountree, Executive Director, Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority, Atlanta Henry G. (Gerry) Schwartz, Jr., Chairman (retired), Jacobs/Sverdrup Civil, Inc., St. Louis, MO C. Michael Walton, Ernest H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering, University of Texas, Austin Linda S. Watson, CEO, LYNXCentral Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando Steve Williams, Chairman and CEO, Maverick Transportation, Inc., Little Rock, AR EX OFFICIO MEMBERS Thad Allen (Adm., U.S. Coast Guard), Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, Washington, DC Joseph H. Boardman, Federal Railroad Administrator, U.S.DOT Rebecca M. Brewster, President and COO, American Transportation Research Institute, Smyrna, GA Paul R. Brubaker, Research and Innovative Technology Administrator, U.S.DOT George Bugliarello, Chancellor, Polytechnic University of New York, Brooklyn, and Foreign Secretary, National Academy of Engineering, Washington, DC Sean T. Connaughton, Maritime Administrator, U.S.DOT LeRoy Gishi, Chief, Division of Transportation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC Edward R. Hamberger, President and CEO, Association of American Railroads, Washington, DC John H. Hill, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator, U.S.DOT John C. Horsley, Executive Director, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Washington, DC Carl T. Johnson, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administrator, U.S.DOT J. Edward Johnson, Director, Applied Science Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, John C. Stennis Space Center, MS David Kelly, Acting Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S.DOT Thomas J. Madison, Jr., Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, U.S.DOT William W. Millar, President, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC James S. Simpson, Federal Transit Administrator, U.S.DOT Robert A. Sturgell, Acting Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S.DOT Robert L. Van Antwerp (Lt. Gen., U.S. Army), Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC *Membership as of October 2008.
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NATIONAL COOPERATIVE HIGHWAY RESEARCH PROGRAM NCHRP REPORT 627 Traffic Safety Evaluation of Nighttime and Daytime Work Zones Gerald L. Ullman Melisa D. Finley TEXAS TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE The Texas A&M University System College Station, TX James E. Bryden HIGHWAY SAFETY CONSULTANT Delmar, NY Raghavan Srinivasan HIGHWAY SAFETY RESEARCH CENTER University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC AND Forrest M. Council VANASSE HANGEN BRUSTLIN, INCORPORATED Raleigh, NC Subject Areas Safety and Human Performance Research sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD WASHINGTON, D.C. 2008 www.TRB.org
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NATIONAL COOPERATIVE HIGHWAY NCHRP REPORT 627 RESEARCH PROGRAM Systematic, well-designed research provides the most effective Project 17-30 approach to the solution of many problems facing highway ISSN 0077-5614 administrators and engineers. Often, highway problems are of local ISBN: 978-0-309-11756-2 interest and can best be studied by highway departments individually Library of Congress Control Number 2008909444 or in cooperation with their state universities and others. However, the © 2008 Transportation Research Board accelerating growth of highway transportation develops increasingly complex problems of wide interest to highway authorities. These problems are best studied through a coordinated program of COPYRIGHT PERMISSION cooperative research. 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COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAMS CRP STAFF FOR NCHRP REPORT 627 Christopher W. Jenks, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Crawford F. Jencks, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Charles W. Niessner, Senior Program Officer Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Maria Sabin Crawford, Assistant Editor NCHRP PROJECT 17-30 PANEL Field of Traffic--Area of Safety J. Richard Young, Jr., PBS&J, Jackson, MS (Chair) Nazhat Aboobaker, New Jersey DOT, Trenton, NJ Vibert C. Forsythe, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Frankfort, KY Randell H. "Randy" Iwasaki, California DOT, Sacramento, CA Ali Kamyab, Sacramento, CA Ernest B. Perry, III, Missouri DOT, Jefferson City, MO Kenneth S. Opiela, FHWA Liaison Frank N. Lisle, TRB Liaison AUTHOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The research reported herein was performed under National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 17-30 by the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) of the Texas A&M University System, under the fiscal administration of the Texas A&M Research Foundation. The Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) of the University of North Carolina, Mr. James E. Bryden, and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., (VHB) served as subcontractors for this research. Gerald L. Ullman, senior research engineer with TTI, was the Principal Investigator. The other authors of this report were Melisa D. Finley, associate research engineer with TTI; James E. Bryden, highway safety consultant; Raghavan Srinivasan, senior transportation research engineer with HSRC; and Forrest M. Council, senior research scientist with VHB. The work was performed under the general supervision of Dr. Ullman. The researchers wish to express their gratitude to the members of the project panel for their guidance and patience during the performance of this research. In addition to the project panel members, the authors gratefully acknowledge the assistance of numerous state department of transportation (DOT) personnel who participated in a survey of state practices. Finally, this research could not have been com- pleted without the special assistance of several members of the New York State DOT, California DOT, North Carolina DOT, Ohio DOT, and Washington DOT who coordinated access to the many project files that the research team reviewed and collected data from during the course of this research.
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FOREWORD By Charles W. Niessner Staff Officer Transportation Research Board This report presents the findings of a research project to determine the crash rates for nighttime and daytime work zones, develop management practices that promote safety and mobility in work zones, and develop work-zone crash reporting recommendations to further improve the data collected on work zone crashes. The report will be of particular interest to practitioners responsible for work zone safety. The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act established a documentation pro- cedure for crashes in work zones for daytime and nighttime operations. Yet the various crash databases maintained by state departments of transportation (DOT) and other agen- cies (for example, the Fatal Analysis Reporting System [FARS]) fail to yield data that can lead to explicit conclusions concerning the relative danger of nighttime construction oper- ations versus daytime operations. The data are plagued by uncertainties on issues such as (1) the level of detail contained in the data, (2) the relationship of crashes to specific work zone locations, and (3) the variation in reporting practices. Cottrell, B.H., Jr., "Improving Night Work Zone Traffic Control," Virginia Transportation Research Council, August 1999, concluded that, "although there is a perception that night work zones are less safe than daytime work zones, evidence to substantiate this perception, such as higher accident rates, was not available because of lack of traffic exposure data." Information is needed to assess the characteristics of these crashes in both daytime and nighttime work zones. Subsequent research suggested that nighttime work zones have traffic-related crash rates up to three times higher than daytime work zones. If in fact nighttime operations are as dan- gerous as the data and perceptions suggest, more significant resources should be directed at ensuring worker and driver safety in nighttime work zones. The importance of this issue is magnified by recent operational efforts by DOTs to increase nighttime work operations in order to decrease work-zone traffic congestion. Under NCHRP Project 17-30, "Traffic Safety Evaluation of Nighttime and Daytime Work Zones," researchers at the Texas Transportation Institute developed the crash rates for nighttime and daytime work zones; determined the nature of, and identified similarities and differences between traffic related crashes in nighttime and daytime work zones; iden- tified and evaluated management practices that promote work zone safety and mobility; and developed work-zone crash reporting recommendations to further improve the data col- lected on work zone crashes. The New York State DOT work zone accident data base was used to conduct the analysis of the differences and similarities of traffic crashes and high- way worker construction accidents occurring during nighttime and daytime periods in that state. Project work activity and crash data from 64 projects in California, North Carolina, Ohio, and Washington were also analyzed to determine similarities and differences in crash
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risks experienced during nighttime and daytime operations. The researchers also critiqued and prioritized various highway agency management policies, procedures, and practices believed capable of mitigating work zone crashes and developed detailed recommendations regarding the collection and analysis of work zone crashes by highway agencies. Overall, working at night does not result in significantly greater crash risk for an indi- vidual motorist traveling through the work zone than does working during the day. In addi- tion traffic crashes that occur in nighttime work zones are not necessarily more severe than those that occur in similar daytime work zones, when compared across similar work oper- ations. The implications of these findings are that work activities that require temporary lane closures on moderate to high-volume roadways have substantially lower total safety impact to the motoring public if the work is done at night. The lower traffic volumes present on roadways at night result in a much lower number of crashes occurring over a work operation of a given duration.
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CONTENTS 1 Summary 4 Chapter 1 Background 4 Problem Statement 4 Previous Research 4 Work Zone Effects on Traffic Safety 5 Nighttime versus Daytime Work Zone Crashes 6 Nighttime versus Daytime Worker Safety 6 Implications for This Study 7 Study Overview 8 Chapter 2 NYSDOT Work Zone Accident Database Analysis 8 Database Description 8 Data Reduction and Analysis 9 Findings 9 Work Zone Traffic Crash Analysis 12 Work Zone Construction Accident Analysis 13 Summary of Findings 14 Chapter 3 Analysis of Traffic Crashes during Nighttime and Daytime Work Zone Operations 14 Study Methodology 15 Data Collection 18 Data Analysis 19 Results 19 Increases in Traffic Crashes Occurring during Nighttime and Daytime Work Activities 26 Types of Crashes Occurring during Nighttime and Daytime Work 30 Summary 34 Chapter 4 Recommended Management Policies, Procedures, and Practices to Improve Nighttime and Daytime Work Zone Safety 35 Strategies to Reduce the Number, Duration, and Impact of Work Zones 35 Improvements in Maintenance and Construction Practices 37 Full-Time Roadway Closures 37 Accelerated Contract Provisions 37 Nighttime Work 38 Transportation Demand Management Programs to Reduce Traffic Volumes Through Work Zones 40 Designing Future Work Zone Capacity into New or Reconstructed Highways 40 Strategies to Improve Work Zone Traffic Control Devices 43 Strategies to Improve Work Zone Design Practices
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45 Strategies to Improve Driver Compliance with Work Zone Traffic Controls 47 Strategies to Increase Knowledge and Awareness of Work Zones 47 Strategies to Develop Procedures to Effectively Manage Work Zones 48 Summary 50 Chapter 5 Recommended Work Zone Crash Data Elements, Collection Techniques, and Analysis Methods 50 Introduction 50 Categories of Critical Data Elements 51 Review of Work Zone Crash Data Sources and Systems 51 State Crash Reports 51 MMUCC Guideline-Based Enhancements to State Crash Reports 52 State DOT Agency-Based Work Zone Crash Data Reporting 52 Comparison of Crash Data Sources 52 Selecting a Work Zone Crash Data Source 54 State Highway Agency-Based Crash Data Collection and Reporting 55 Recommended Model Work Zone Crash Report Data Elements, Attributes, and Definitions 55 MMUCC Guideline Data Elements and Attributes--2003 Edition 56 Suggested Revisions to MMUCC Guideline Definitions 57 Suggested Revisions to MMUCC Data Elements and Attributes 57 Inherent Limitations in the MMUCC Guideline 59 Data Element Considerations of Highway-Agency-Based Crash Reporting Systems 61 Data Element Considerations of Work Zone Exposure Information 61 Recommended Work Zone Crash Data Analysis Methods 62 Summary 65 Chapter 6 Findings and Recommendations 65 Findings 65 Nighttime and Daytime Work Zone Effects on Crashes and Worker Accidents 66 Management Policies, Procedures, and Practices to Improve Nighttime and Daytime Work Zone Safety 66 Work Zone Crash Data Elements, Collection and Storage Techniques, and Analysis Methods 67 Recommendations 68 References 71 Appendixes A, B, C, and F 72 Appendix D Suggested Revisions to MMUCC Guideline Definitions 74 Appendix E Florida, Louisiana, and Maryland Agency Work Zone Crash Reporting Forms