August 20, 2020


8:45 AM - 4:15 PM


Virginia Western Water Authority
3322 Hollins Rd.
Roanoke, VA 24012

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When a vehicle leaves the travel lane or the roadway, the results can be deadly. More than half of the annual fatal crashes in the U.S. relate to roadway departures. Roadway departure crashes are the leading cause of traffic deaths in many states.  This workshop provides participants with some tools for addressing roadway departure crashes. Topics covered include a discussion of engineering countermeasures as well as implementation strategies.

One, often low-cost, strategy to address this issue is to reduce the potential for leaving the roadway, i.e., techniques to help keep vehicles on the roadway. Use of signing, delineation and rumble strips/stripes to reduce roadway departures is described with specific reference to relevant sections of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. For those vehicles leaving the traveled way, it is important to try to improve the chances for a safe recovery. Techniques for improving shoulders and slopes and ditches are reviewed. Removing or relocating objects such as trees and utility poles in the clear zone are also addressed. The workshop concludes with discussion of how to minimize the severity of roadway departure crashes that do occur. Relevant techniques include breakaway supports, making roadside features traversable and shielding obstacles. Enhancing mailbox safety is also discussed. Numerous links to technical resources on this topic will be provided


8:15 – 9:15     Introduction to Roadway Departure
– Background
– Nature and Magnitude of Problem

9:15 – 10:15   Getting to Safety: Implementation Strategies

10:15 – 10:30   BREAK

10:30 – 12:00   Keeping Vehicles on the Roadway
– Signing/Delineation
– Rumble Strips/Rumble Stripes

12:00 – 12:30   LUNCH

12:30 – 1:30     Keeping Vehicles on the Roadway
– Pavements
– Geometrics

1:30 – 2:30     Improving the Recovery Area
– Shoulders
– Slopes and Ditches
– Removing/Relocating Objects (clear zone, trees, utility poles)

2:30 – 2:45     BREAK

2:45 – 3:45     Minimizing the Severity of Crashes
– Using Breakaway Supports
– Shielding Obstacles
– Dealing with Mailboxes

3:45 – 4:00     Small Group Exercise

4:00                 Adjourn


Ronald W. Eck

Dr. Ronald W. Eck, P.E., Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University is a Senior Advisor with the West Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program (WV LTAP). He has been involved in traffic engineering, including pedestrian transportation, for over 35 years. He is a member of the Pedestrian Committee of the Transportation Research Board. He authored the chapter on Pedestrians in McGraw-Hill’s Handbook of Transportation Engineering. He facilitates walkability audits and Walkable Communities Workshops for communities in West Virginia.

Who Should Attend

Local road supervisors, construction inspectors, engineers and contractors

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Tribes: $0
Local Government: $75.00
State/Federal: $125.00
Private Industry: $300.00

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