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Sequential Dynamic Curve Warning System

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Project Partners

Technology Provider:

  • Traffic and Parking Control Co., (TAPCO)

Evaluation Team:

  • CTRE (Iowa State University)
  • TTI
  • SAIC
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Project Partners

Participating State DOT’s:

  • Colorado (Existing Sites)
  • Missouri
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
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Current Safety Challenge 

  • Horizontal curves make up a small percentage of total road miles, yet account for one-quarter of all highway fatalities.
  • Curves can have roughly 3 times the crash rate of tangent sections.
  • Majority of curve related crashes are attributed to speeding and driver error.
  • Majority of crashes on curves involve lane departures.
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How it Works

  • The System consists of a series of solar-powered, LED-enhanced BlinkerSigns(a Curve Warning BlinkerSignand an array of Chevron BlinkerSigns) that are installed throughout a curve.
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How it Works

  • Approaching vehicles, sensed by radar or other ITS device, trigger the controller that wirelessly activates the LED signs to flash sequentially through the curves to warn speeding drivers to slow down.
  • The flash pattern and timing is easily programmed.
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Benefits of the System

  • Reduces the frequency of lane departures by providing dynamic feedback and guidance to drivers.
  • System is solar and can be installed anywhere
  • Economical –no electrical power costs
  • Quick and simple installation
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Project Tasks

Task 1 –Site Identification

  • Identify 12 new treatment sites and 24 control sites in 4 geographically diverse states (MO, TX, WA, and WI).
  • The SDCWS are expected to be installed by October/November 2011.
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Project Tasks

Site Criteria

  • Two-lane rural paved roads
  • Posted speed limit of 50 mph or above
  • Existing chevrons
  • No unusual conditions within the curve
  • High crash location
  • No major changes in the last 3 years
  • No major changes for the next 2 years
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Project Tasks

Task 2 –Data Collection

  • Crash data: 3 to 5 years before and 1.5 years after
  • Speed data:
    • before install (Fall 2011)
    • after install (Winter 2011)
    • 12 months after install (Winter 2012)
    • 18 months after install (Summer 2013)
  • Base-line data: roadway, geometry, signage, etc..
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Project Tasks

Task 3 –First Year Evaluation Report

  • Completed 12 months “after” data collection
  • Estimated due date: January 2013
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Project Tasks

Task 4 –Final Report

  • Full speed analysis through the 18-month analysis period
  • Guidelines and recommendations for implementing speed activated displays for curves based on lessons learned over the study period.
  • Estimated due date: December 2013

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Contact

Julie Zirlin
Highways for LIFE
202-366-9105
julie.zirlin@dot.gov

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Updated: 04/19/2012

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