Kentucky Roads Project Receives National Honors
At an awards ceremony on Capitol Hill November 6, the Roadway Safety Foundation (RSF) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recognized iRM for its efforts to decrease fatalities at high-crash locations with dangerous curves on Kentucky roadways. The FHWA and RSF present the biennial National Roadway Safety Awards to programs and projects across the nation exhibiting excellence in roadway design, operations and planning. Working with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), high friction surfacing treatment (HFST) was installed to reduce fatalities on horizontal curves due to road departures in a pilot program with 26 locations. Witnessing an impressive decrease in crashes at these locations, KYTC later broadened the project throughout the state to more than 100 locations.
“By studying crash data and targeting some of the most dangerous roadway curves in their state, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet made a wise, strategic investment in their roads to improve safety for all Kentuckians,” said Gregory M. Cohen, P.E., Executive Director of the Roadway Safety Foundation. “Their plan to install high friction surfacing treatment at dangerous curves led to a dramatic 87.4% reduction in crashes at those locations. This program should serve as a model to transportation agencies nationwide.”
“Without the innovation of the highway safety team with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the reduction of crashes would not have been possible,” said Richard J. Baker.
“Reducing fatalities and injuries from highway crashes is a top priority of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet,” Kentucky State Highway Engineer Steve Waddle said. “High friction surface treatment has proved to be an effective and efficient solution for a host of trouble spots on our roadways. Low cost and high return.”
National Roadway Safety Award recipients were evaluated on three criteria – innovation, effectiveness, and efficient use of resources. Program categories included infrastructure improvements, operational improvements, and program planning, development and evaluation.
Roadway safety programs are a critical part of the nation’s solutions to saving lives and preventing injuries on our nation’s highways. There were 32,367 people killed in traffic crashes on US roads in 2011.
From Left to Right: Tony Furst, FHWA Associate Administrator for Safety; Richard Baker, DBi Services Market Development Manager, High Friction Surfacing Treatment Division; and Greg Cohen, Roadway Safety Foundation Executive Director.