Reducing Roadside Obstacles
Thursday, August 12, 2021 5:00:00 PM UTC - 7:00:00 PM UTC
Rural roadway departures make up a third of U.S. traffic fatalities—about 30 people a day. While valued as a community asset due to their beauty and environmental benefits, trees are the single most commonly struck objects in serious roadside crashes. Trees are the most harmful event in approximately 3,500 fatalities each year, or 10 percent of all traffic fatalities. This webinar will focus on how several agencies are strategically removing trees to provide for safer recovery during roadway departures. State, local, and tribal stakeholders – come and learn how you can address tree crashes to provide a more forgiving roadside. Speakers and Topics to be covered include: • Cody Stolle, University of Nebraska will present information related to the societal costs, liability considerations, and initial developments supporting a national campaign for locating trees at a safe and reasonable distance from the traveled way. • Rebecca Wells, Texas DOT will describe how a project in the Atlanta District to remove roadside trees to reduce known fatality problem was conducted. • Ryan Pothering, Connecticut DOT and Kevin Kelly, Connecticut Tree Wardens Association will present on how Connecticut DOT uses safety data to support tree clearing efforts on the State’s primary and secondary highways. • Mona Aglan-Swick, P.E. Arizona DOT talk about ADOT’s statewide tree removal project and how it was conducted on a variety of highway types.
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