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Federal Highway Administration Research and Technology
Coordinating, Developing, and Delivering Highway Transportation Innovations

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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-05-126
Date: July 2006

Chapter 21: Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation in Work Zones

This picture shows a sidewalk that has been closed due to construction. Barriers and plastic tape have been placed to discourage pedestrian travel through the construction zone, but no apparent alternate route for pedestrians has been provided.

Lesson Outline

  • Problems of pedestrians and bicyclists in work areas.
  • Work-zone elements that might alleviate the problems.

Planning and Design Elements

  • Advance warning and guidance.
  • Illumination and reflectorization.
  • Separation of pedestrians and bicyclists from vehicular traffic.
  • Accommodation of people with disabilities.

Sidewalk Closure and Pedestrian Detour Example

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Construction Sign Placement for Accessibility

Construction sign placement can be on a curb between the street and the sidewalk or in a planting strip between the street and sidewalk, so long as it doesn’t interfere with the effective walking and biking widths.

Planning and Design Elements

  • Accommodating the visually impaired.
  • Surface irregularities.
  • Temporary walkways or bikeways.

Temporary Pedestrian Routes

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Lesson Summary

  • Work areas can be very unfriendly places for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • There are ways to accommodate all types of traffic in a work area.



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