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Modeling traffic barriers crash severity by considering the effect of traffic barrier dimensions

Authors
  • Molan, Amirarsalan Mehrara1
  • Rezapour, Mahdi1
  • Ksaibati, Khaled1
  • 1 University of Wyoming, Wyoming Technology Transfer Center, Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering, 1000 E. University Avenue, Dept. 3295, Laramie, WY, 82071, USA , Laramie (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Modern Transportation
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Publication Date
Apr 10, 2019
Volume
27
Issue
2
Pages
141–151
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s40534-019-0186-1
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Traffic barriers are in widespread all around the USA as safety countermeasures for reducing the severity of run-off-road crashes. The effect of traffic barriers’ dimension had been ignored in past real-world crash studies due to the considerable cost and time needed for collecting field data. This paper presented two new analytical models to investigate the effect of different variables on the severity of crashes involving traffic barriers, and end treatments. For this reason, a field survey was conducted on over 1.3 million linear feet of traffic barriers (approximately 4,176 miles road) in Wyoming to measure traffic barriers’ geometric features like height, length, offset, and slope rate. The collected data included 55% of all non-interstate roads of Wyoming. Based on results, the crashes involving box beam barriers were less severe than the crashes involved with W-beam or concrete barriers. The traffic barriers with a height between 28 and 31 in. were found safer than the traffic barriers shorter than 28 in., while there was no significant difference between the traffic barriers taller than 31 in. to those shorter than 28 in. in terms of crash severity. The end treatments located nearer to the traffic lane had lower crash severity.

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