Use of rumble strips to enhance safety
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Use of rumble strips to enhance safety by Harwood. Douglas W.

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Published by National Academy Press in Washington, D.C .
Written in English


  • Roads -- Safety measures.,
  • Rumble strips.

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Edition Notes

Other titlesRumble strips to enhance safety.
StatementDouglas W. Harwood.
SeriesSynthesis of highway practice,, 191
ContributionsNational Research Council (U.S.). Transportation Research Board., American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials., United States. Federal Highway Administration.
LC ClassificationsTE228 .H38 1993
The Physical Object
Pagination74 p. :
Number of Pages74
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1446342M
ISBN 100309053153
LC Control Number93085255

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  While the majority of laws requiring their use have been on the books less than three years, more state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) are in the process of legislating the use of TPRS in work zones. The rationale is clear: they reduce accidents and save lives. Rumble Strips a “Life-Saving Tool”. Rumble strips are considered a low-cost safety enhancement. Depending on the type of rumble strip selected, costs can range from a few dollars each for RPMs to about $ for reusable rubber or plastic strips, but because they are reusable, the more they are used the lower the life-cycle cost.   Rumble Strips: safety-enhancing and winter-proof Special markings from SWARCO Road Marking Systems remained stable for three years despite heavy mechanical stress. SWARCO Road Marking Systems uses a specially developed cold plastic vibrating strip to improve road safety at accident black spots. However, despite this widespread use, no comprehensive review of their application existed before Although many small studies have evaluated the use of rumble strips, this information was not collected and summarized until the publication of NCHRP Synthesis of Highway Practice "Use of Rumble Strips To Enhance Safety" (see TRIS ).

  To help decrease the number of accidents caused by drowsy drivers, engineers for the Pennsylvania Turnpike developed, and installed on the highway shoulder, an innovative rumble-strip called the Sonic Nap Alert Pattern (SNAP). A distinct warning sound and vibration are produced when tires roll on the strips. Traffic control devices applied to the pavement can provide a significant amount of information for the driver. The objective of this research was to assess the effectiveness of various pavement marking materials, devices, and treatments that have potential to increase driver awareness and safety. The following pavement marking materials, devices, and treatments were investigated as part of. When it comes to rumble strips, this is a secondary concern as improving safety for the traveling public is the primary concern. As such any loss of life of the pavement is easily worth it if human lives are saved. The data for rumble strips overwhelmingly shows that they are very effective in reducing run-off-the-road and head-on accidents.   Rumble strips to increase road safety Published: 10 December New portable rumble strips will be rolled out across NSW to alert motorists of changed traffic conditions. The temporary rumble strips will be rolled out over the next few months at selected worksites where the speed limit is 60 kilometres per hour or less.

  Installing centerline rumble strips (CLRS) can be an effective, low-cost safety measure for preventing vehicles from crossing the centerline into oncoming traffic, and the Kansas State University (KSU) Transportation Center research team has been studying how to get the most from their use.   The South Dakota Department of Transportation is working on adding rumble strips to a portion of the center of Highway 12 between Aberdeen and Ipswich. See some of the work going on here.   Rumble strips tend to make drivers a little more alert that the roadway is changing. While a driver may slow down to go over a speed bump on auto pilot, the vibration and sound of rumble strips immediately alerts the driver that there could be a danger to themselves or pedestrians.   Pattern C was designed based on traditional transverse rumble strips (TRSs), but the spacing between the strips was changed to generate different rhythms of sound and vibration. Pattern D3, which was modified based on the advance warning markings for speed humps, increases in thickness and length in each strip.