Rural Road Safety and Maintenance Roadway Safety Workshops

Minnesota, Minnesota

The Minnesota Local Road Research Board funded development and delivery of workshops focusing on rural road safety solutions. SRF lead the development of curricula for eight workshops that were presented throughout the state. The workshops were developed for city and county engineers in a train-the-trainer format. Attendees gained an understanding of the tools and technologies available for assessing and improving safety on rural roads. During the workshops, it was noted that maintenance forces are in the best position to identify situations that could be addressed to greatly improve safety for the traveling public.

As a follow-up, SRF led development of a new workshop for maintenance professionals. These workshops highlight safety issues to look for on a daily basis. Areas where low-cost maintenance safety solutions might be implemented by proactive engaging maintenance forces include:

  • Gravel shoulders
  • Right-of-way obstructions
  • Striping and signing
  • Guardrails
  • Mowing and sweeping
  • Patching
  • Drainage

A key training message was that a safety revolution is afoot in Minnesota and those responsible for roadways can make a difference through low-cost prevention strategies.

CLIENT: Minnesota Local Road Research Board