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21-1 Traffic Safety Toolbox - Addressing Speeds

Project Dates: April 1, 2022 - March 31, 2023
Project Description: 

There is a need for clear and concise traffic speed management guidance that can be readily used by decision-makers in small and rural communities across Vermont. Reducing speeding and aggressive driving is one of seven critical emphasis areas identified in the Vermont Highway Safety Plan, which targets reductions in major crashes on Vermont highways. Many small and rural communities in Vermont seek to reduce vehicle speed limits in their communities in order to reduce the risk of traffic crashes, particularly on local roads and collectors but also on state highways passing through village and town centers. However, reducing speed limits does not necessarily reduce travel speeds or mitigate the risk of traffic crashes. Therefore, this project will create a clear and concise web-based "Traffic Safety Toolbox" to distill key information about safety countermeasures that present promising avenues for reducing speeds. 

Poster:

 

Traffic Safety Toolbox

Factsheet                    Presentation                   

Final Report (May 2023)                   Archived Documents

Related Symposium Pages:
2023 Symposium Lite

2022 Symposium

Researchers:

Dana Rowangould and James Sullivan (UVM)

Champion(s)/TAC members:

Joshua Taylor

Implementation:

Presented to Rutland Regional Transportation Advisory Council on Jan 25, 2024

Presented at VTrans Transportation Leadership Institute Quarterly Meeting

Presented in National Center for Rural Road Safety "Recently Released Rural Countermeasure Resources" Webinar on Nov 1, 2023 - Click here for webinar recording

Rutland Regional Planning Commission used the Safety Toolbox to implement a median pilot design in Rutland City in the summer of 2023 - Photo

Listed as an example on the National Center for Rural Road Safety website listed here: Speed Countermeasures for Rural Roads - National Center for Rural Road Safety

 

 

**Posters, Fact Sheets, Presentation Recordings and Other Materials are prepared for our September Research and Innovation Symposium each year. This page includes the latest materials. Check back in September for updated materials related to this project.