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The TAC Research Bulletin highlights recently-published reports and articles from around the world with relevance to road transportation in Canada. Full text links are included, so you get more than just the abstract.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 18:45
Pedestrian fatalities and injuries represent a growing percentage of all traffic fatalities and injuries. This project used amultifaceted approach to improving compliance to the Minnesota crosswalk law in Saint Paul, Minnesota, including: (1) education, (2) measurement, (3) enforcement efforts, (4) social norming, and (5) engineering treatment. The multifaceted...
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 18:45
Organizational or Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is the formal and systematic effort to control uncertainty and variability to an organization's strategic objectives by managing risks at all organizational levels (enterprise, program, project, and activity). Enterprise risk management is an approach to address risks at all levels of the organization. It...
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 18:30
In an effort to reduce the number of single vehicle run-off-road and two-lane two-way crossover crashes, TxDOT has implemented various audible lane departure warning systems on seal coat road surfaces. This 20-month research project explored the effectiveness of these various treatments using several performance metrics and provided recommendations on...
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 18:30
The objective of this study was to evaluate long-term aging effects on asphalt mixtures using the Illinois Flexibility Index Test (I-FIT) and to develop a corresponding long-term aging protocol. The study recommended the use of the forced-draft oven as the aging equipment because of its availability, feasibility, practicability, capacity, and acceptable...
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 18:30
When the sightlines along horizontal roadway curves are restricted, there are challenges to find acceptable solutions. Designers compensate for the limitations on driver sight distance in various ways, including: accepting shorter sightlines, lowering design speed, increasing shoulder width, or providing additional signage. There are advantages and...
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 18:30
Crack sealing is an important preventive treatment in the pavement preservation program. To achieve a cost-effective crack seal, it is important to select a proper crack sealing method. While Minnesota usually seals cracks in asphalt pavements, there is no clear consensus on the most appropriate crack sealing method for a specific job. This study focused on...
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 18:30
This research project was conducted with the objective of evaluating the viability of using an automated computer application to detect, classify, and quantify cracks on flexible and rigid pavement surfaces from digital images, to be implemented in the annual Pavement Condition Survey (PCS). Phase I of this project was focused on identification and...
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 18:30
Model Systems Engineering Documents for Dynamic Message Sign (DMS) Systems is intended to provide guidance for professionals involved in developing systems engineering documents covering the evaluation, selection and implementation of DMS systems. The full FHWA report is available online at https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/fhwahop18080/fhwahop18080.pdf...
Friday, July 12, 2019 - 20:00
The European Commission has today published details as to how it intends to put its Strategic Action Plan on Road Safety into practice. This includes a first list of key safety performance indicators (KPI), elaborated in close cooperation with Member States, that will be monitored across the EU to underpin the target of 50% reduction in fatalities and serious...
Friday, July 12, 2019 - 19:45
New shared mobility services have become increasingly common and transportation agencies are beginning to integrate them into regional planning processes. This report provides three case studies of how metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and their regional partners are integrating shared mobility into regional multimodal transportation planning. The...
Friday, July 12, 2019 - 19:45
The Smart Work Zone Speed Notification (SWZSN) system aims to alleviate congestion, queuing, and rear end crashes in work zones by informing drivers of the speed of the downstream segment using a type of portable Intelligent Lane Control System (ILCS), Portable Changeable Message Signs (PCMS). The hypothesis was that drivers, knowing the speed up to 1 mile...
Friday, July 12, 2019 - 19:45
Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC) has conducted a research study on LA 493 that provides evidence of damage to roadways caused by inundation. The evidence supporting this comes from three sources: a rod and level cross-section survey taken approximately one month prior to the first inundation event and subsequent cross-section surveys taken after...

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