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NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 50-04 [Active (Synthesis)]

Utility Pole Safety and Hazard Evaluation Approaches
[ NCHRP 20-05 (Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $45,000
Staff Responsibility: Tanya M. Zwahlen
Research Agency: Charles V. Zegeer
Principal Investigator: University of North Carolina
Fiscal Year: 2018

Final Scope

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.

Topic Panel
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
Meeting Dates
First Panel:  September 17, 2018, Washington, DC
Teleconference with Consultant: October 22, 2018
Second Panel: Tuesday, June 18, 2019, Washington, DC

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