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1 FHWA Work Zone Program Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety Integration Washington, DC July 22, 2008

2 FHWA Office of Safety Integration Work Zone Traffic Crashes 1,010 fatalities in 2006  2.3 % of total (42,642)  2.7/day (1 every 8 ½ hours) 10 yr. total (‘96-’05) – 9,355 fatalities Approx. 40,000 injuries annually

3 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration WZ Safety Grants Section 1409 of SAFETEA-LU  Work Zone Safety and Mobility Rule  Temporary Traffic Control Devices Purpose – Prevent highway work zone injuries and fatalities Target audience – Craft, traffic control, utility workers, and law enforcement Nonprofit & not-for-profit organizations $5 M/year (FY ‘06-’09) 20% match

4 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration WZ Safety Grants Facilitate compliance with Work Zone Safety and Mobility Rule Provide training resources for line workers and traffic control specialists Develop Guidance for assessing effectiveness of work zone design and layout Help fund a valuable compilation of work zone related information and resources on the web

5 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration WZ Safety Grantees ATSSA American Traffic Safety Services Association LHSFNA/ARTBA Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America/ American Road and Transportation Builders Association WSU Wayne State University IIT Illinois Institute of Technology

6 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration Area 1 – Highway Work Zone Worker Safety Training Objectives  Continuation and expansion of existing training programs  Development of new training programs  Conduct training nationally for a wide range or work zone worker populations

7 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration Area 1 – Courses Developed/Provided (Multilingual) OSHA 10-hour construction course Traffic control workers/flaggers Runovers and Backovers) Night work (for workers) Hazards of weather Sprains and strains Flagger Instructor Traffic Control Technician Traffic Control Supervisor Utility Traffic Control Nighttime Traffic Control Emergency Traffic Control Law Enforcement Course “What Everyone Should Know”

8 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration Area 1 – Numbers Trained (as of 7/1/08) Roadway Safety Plus – 3,000+ OSHA 10-Hour – 2,500 ATSSA Worker Safety Training – 4,930 WSU Utility Work Zone Pilot - 223

9 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration Area 2 – Highway Work Zones Guidelines Development To help agencies/groups achieve the prevention and reduction of work zone injuries and fatalities Assist with implementation and attainment of compliance with work zone safety and operations rules/regulations, policies, and standards

10 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration Area 2 - Subject Areas Positive protective devices (barriers) High visibility garments Work zone planning/data & impact analyses Pedestrian/bicycle safety in work zones Maintenance work zone safety 14 ANSI standards Positive separation/protection of workers

11 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration Area 2 - Products Work zone safety audit guidelines and training materials Utility work zone safety guidelines and training curricula Guidelines/training modules

12 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration AREA 3 – Highway Work Zone Safety Guidelines Training To help agencies/groups implement guidelines To promote best practices to prevent work zone injuries and fatalities Training for implementing Federal and/or State regulations, policies, standards, and guidelines

13 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration Area 3 – Subject Areas  Nighttime work  Work zone full closure  Positive protection  Variable speed limits  Work zone road safety audits  ITS uses in work zones  Pedestrian accommodation  Impact analysis  Performance measures  Law enforcement  Public information and outreach

14 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration AREA 3 - Products  Traffic control design specialist  Urban work zone design  Work zone strategies  Analytical tools for work zone planning  Pedestrian and bicycle considerations  Maintenance and short duration activities  Utility traffic control  Variable speed limits  ITS applications  Train the Trainer Workshops (utility)

15 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration

16 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration NWZSIC Began 1998 Site: Updates on Work Zone Safety Grants Site redesign completed  Upgrade web infrastructure  Expand and update content  Outreach and promotion

17 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration Clearinghouse Resources World’s largest “cyber-library” of information on road construction safety:  Best practices  Laws and regulations  Public awareness campaigns  Work zone products  Accident and fatality data  Over 100,000 users each year  Free, customized research  Training and educational materials

18 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration New Features The Clearinghouse “Listserv” - serving over 500 registered users. Subscribers may view questions live, via a daily digest or through listserv archives FHWA “Work Zone Safety Grants” page

19 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration New Features The “Work Zone Wizard” blog led by Jerry Ullman of the Texas Transportation Institute The “SafetyZone” e- newsletter - featuring timely information, articles and resources

20 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration Relevant Legislation Work Zone Safety and Mobility Rule (Subpart J) Temporary Traffic Control Devices Rule (Subpart K) Final Rule on Worker Visibility Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices

21 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration Work Zone Safety and Mobility Rule (Subpart J) Purpose - Systematically consider WZ safety and mobility impacts, and develop strategies to help manage impacts Timeframes  Published Final Rule September 2004  Must implement Rule provisions by October 2007 Key Elements  Work zone safety and mobility policy for the systematic consideration and management of work zone impacts.  Processes and procedures to implement work zone policies.  Project-level procedures to assess and manage the work zone impacts of individual projects.

22 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration Temporary Traffic Control Devices (Subpart K) Purpose - Decrease the likelihood of worker fatalities or injuries caused by motor vehicles and construction vehicles Timeframes  Published November 2006  Must implement Rule provisions by November 2008 Key Elements  Workers within the right-of-way of a Federal-aid highway who are exposed either to traffic or construction equipment within the work area shall wear high-visibility safety apparel.

23 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration Worker Visibility Rule Purpose – establish minimum requirements and provides guidance for protection of workers and motorists in work zones Timeframes  Published December 2007  Must implement Rule provisions by December 2008 Key Elements  Positive protection devices must be considered through an engineering study  Other traffic control measures, including the use of law enforcement should be considered and are eligible for federal-aid funding  Develop and implement guidelines to help maintain the quality and adequacy of the temporary traffic control devices for the duration of the project

24 July 22, 2008FHWA Office of Safety Integration Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices Purpose – establishes the proper and adequate placement of standard highway signs, signals, pavement markings, channelizing devices, and other traffic control devices on roadways and in work zones. Timeframes  Published 2003  To be updated in 2010 Key Elements  Part 6 – Temporary Traffic Control  Chapter 6C – Fundamental principles of traffic control  Chapter 6H – Typical applications


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