Säker framkomlighet: sammanfattande slutrapport 2015

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This report consolidates evaluations performed within the project “Safe accessibility” on behalf of the Swedish Transport Administration. Four different measures implemented on rural roads in Sweden with the aim to increase traffic safety and improve accessibility are investigated. The measures are; milled centerline rumble strips on rural 2-lane roads, shoulder rumble strips on motorways, narrow2+1 roads with median barrier and divided roads (painted 2+1 roads with median rumble strips).As regards traffic safety, all four measures show reductions in the number of fatalities and seriously injured. For milled centerline rumble strips on rural 2-lane roads, they do not have a confining effect on traffic and have no adverse effect on the rate of rutting. For barrier separated roads (2+1), the results indicated that for Average Annual Daily Traffic (AADT) levels greater than 8,000 vehicles, the annual rut depth development rate is about 25 percent higher than for conventional rural roads. With lower AADT levels, differences reduced to between 10–15 percent. Comparisons between divided roads and conventional roads only showed higher annual rut development rates for AADT levels greater than 8,000 vehicles. A study about the effects and consequences of different types of milled rumble strips showed that there are no known arguments for not using the sinus rumble strips. However, further studies on the impact of drivers of heavy vehicles are recommended. Studies of the effect on traffic efficiency showed that the proportion of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) is an important factor to consider in the design of narrow 2+1 roads and the proportion of HGVs need to be taken into account in the selection of the length of overtaking lanes.

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