• Location: Kanawha and Putnam Counties, West Virginia

In two West Virginia counties, residents and local government officials expressed concerns over the operation and safety of six highway locations. The West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways (WVDOH) sought B&N’s help to review the six locations, including four intersections and two corridors, for operational and safety improvements. 

The study included site reviews, crash history reviews, and identification of crash factors such as sight distance issues, signal head placement, and high vehicular speeds. In addition to identifying solutions to mitigate safety concerns, the traffic volumes at the four intersections were assessed to determine if a traffic signal was warranted.

The project also included the use of the Interactive Highway Safety Design Model, which includes methodologies from the Highway Safety Manual, to determine safety impacts of potential roadway reconfigurations. When applicable, proposed condition layouts and construction cost estimates were developed.

Honors and Awards

The study received the 2019 West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways Engineering Excellence Award in the Traffic Category.