In 2017, the latest year for which data are available, 887 fatal utility pole crashes occurred in the United States, accounting for 914 fatalities. These numbers were about the same as those in recent years but lower than such fatality numbers from a decade or two ago.
The TRB National Cooperative Highway Research Program's NCHRP Synthesis 557: Utility Pole Safety and Hazard Evaluation Approaches summarizes the strategies, policies, and technologies that state transportation agencies (STAs) and utility owners (UOs) employ to address utility pole safety concerns.
Specific areas of interest for this synthesis report include methods to identify problem poles and high-risk locations, pole-placement policies, strategies and countermeasures to reduce the risk of pole-related collisions and resulting injuries and deaths, and available funding sources for implementing countermeasures. Case studies were also developed for exemplary STAs and UOs, highlighting some of their utility pole safety activities.
Table of Contents
|Chapter 1 - Introduction||9-13|
|Chapter 2 - Historical Perspective||14-17|
|Chapter 3 - Summary of STA Survey Responses||18-24|
|Chapter 4 - Factors Associated with Utility Pole Crashes||25-33|
|Chapter 5 - Identification of Utility Poles in High-Risk Locations||34-37|
|Chapter 6 - Countermeasure Cost-Effectiveness||38-44|
|Chapter 7 - Current Countermeasure Practices||45-53|
|Chapter 8 - Safety Devices||54-60|
|Chapter 9 - STA Case Examples||61-67|
|Chapter 10 - Utility Owner Case Examples||68-69|
|Chapter 11 - Conclusions||70-78|
|References and Bibliography||79-81|
|Appendix A - State DOT Utility-Related Websites, 2019||87-92|
|Appendix B - Summary of Survey Results||93-106|
|Appendix C - Countermeasure Cost-Effectiveness Summary||107-124|
|Appendix D - FHWA Program Guide: Utility Relocation and Accommodation on Federal-Aid Highway Projects||125-128|
|Appendix E - Utility Pole and Tree Safety Case Studies||129-136|
|Appendix F - Example of Recommended Crash Reduction Program and Roadside Safety Treatments||137-146|
|Appendix G - Examples of STA Guidelines with Safety Implications||147-180|
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