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C375
Roadside Improvements for Local Roads and Streets

Vincent D. Reynolds, MBA, PE

Roadside fixed objects such as trees, bridge abutments, utility poles, signage, and even mailboxes can be detrimental to the safety of drivers due to their close proximity to the travel way. Cars often collide with trees that are adjacent to the roadway and this type of accident results in the most fatalities as compared with collisions with any other fixed objects. There are thousand of miles of the U.S. highway system that traverse the nation through mountains, valleys, deserts, forests, and over bodies of water. The layout of a roadway is often subject to avoiding fixed objects, and requiring to steep slopes due to right of way or other issues. This course will cover the low cost methods of improving and enhancing roadside safety. Roadside improvements will be studied which includes clear zone improvement, obstruction removal or revisions, and guardrail installations. The causes of vehicle instability will be covered including; snagging, rolling, and vaulting. The student will be directed to study the document “Roadside Improvements for Local Roads and Streets,” as published on the website of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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