Roadway departure crashes account for more than 50% of the total traffic related fatalities and serious injuries, with utility poles representing the second largest group of fixed object fatal crashes. A 2015 report by Scott and Ivey found that roadside fatalities with fixed objects decreased by 39% over ten years while those involving utility poles were only reduced by 8%.
The objective of this synthesis is to summarize the strategies, policies, and technologies state transportation agencies (STAs) and utility companies use to address utility pole hazard safety concerns.
Patrick Allen, Georgia DOT
Pamela Blazo, Michigan DOT
Christine E. Carrigan, RoadSafe, LLC
Eric Cimo, Delaware DOT
Hector David Cordova, California DOT
Dhafer Marzougui, George Mason University
Ahmer Nizam, Washington State DOT
Menna Yassin, Federal Highway Administration
Nelson H. Gibson, Transportation Research Board
Charles Zegeer, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill