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Mid-America Transportation Center

Investigation of Alternate Work Zone Merging Sign Configurations

Final Report
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Researchers

  • Principal Investigator: Praveen Edara (edarap@missouri.edu 573-882-1900)
  • Co-Principal Investigator: Carlos Sun (csun@missouri.edu 573-884-6330)
  • Project Status
    Complete
    About this Project
    Brief Project Description & Background
    Public transportation agencies own, operate and maintain an enormous number of infrastructure and properties that need to be kept in good condition. The prevalence of work zones means that many accidents occur at those locations; unfortunately leading to requests for compensation and litigation. This project seeks to examine all aspects of a transportation agency's practices that relate to work zones and to identify best practices that will improve overall risk management.
    Research Objective
    The proposed examination of best practices will include an examination of everyday practices on all levels of a state transportation agency. Thus they include all the dimensions of risk management, including engineering, finances, customer service, human factors, public relations and legal counsel. Interviews and surveys will be conducted with project engineers, work zone coordinators, field staff, financial officers, in-house counsel and private contractors who work on STA's right-of-way. The impact of tort liability in work zones will be quantified in order to better understand the potential magnitude of this issue.
    Potential Benefits
    The final report will document work zone risk management best practices from existing literature and from STA interviews and surveys. The report will discuss these best practices in the context of the relevant state tort laws and claim management structure. The report will also offer recommendations about general risk management principles that could be applied effectively in the work zone context. The results of the analysis of historical claims data will be presented along with discussions of patterns and trends associated with the data.
    Abstract
    Public transportation agencies own, operate and maintain an enormous number of infrastructure and properties that need to be kept in good condition. The prevalence of work zones means that many accidents occur at those locations; unfortunately leading to requests for compensation and litigation. This project seeks to examine all aspects of a transportation agency's practices that relate to work zones and to identify best practices that will improve overall risk management.
    Project Amount
    $ 16577