Freeways

Performance-Based Safety Evaluation of Requests for New Access or Modifications to Existing Access on Freeways

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Freeway access management activities have traditionally taken a nominal approach to safety. Acceptable safety performance is presumed to result from attaining some desired interchange or ramp spacing. This approach oversimplifies driver behavior and complex interactions between roadway geometrics, traffic operations, and safety. The objective of this paper is to quantify the relationship between ramp spacing and freeway safety, with safety defined as number of accidents, or accident consequences, by kind and severity, expected to occur during a specified time period.