The objective of this project was to develop guidelines for time-of-day use of permitted left-turn phasing, which can then be implemented using flashing yellow arrows (FYA). This required determining how the risk for left-turn crashes varied as traffic-flow conditions varied during the course of a representative day. This was accomplished by developing statistical models, which expressed the risk of the occurrence of a left-turn crash during a given hour as a function of the left-turn demand, the opposing traffic volume, and a classification of the approach with respect to the opposing traffic speed limit, the type of left-turn protection, and whether or not opposing left-turn traffic could obstruct sight distance. The models were embedded in a spreadsheet tool which will allow operations personnel to enter, for a candidate intersection approach, existing turning movement counts, and a classification of the approach with respect to speed limit, turn protection, and sight distance issues and receive a prediction of how the risk of left-turn crash occurrence varies throughout the day, relative to a user-specified reference condition. In order to relate relative risk values with crash frequency, a method was suggested to combine historic left-turn crashes at the approach of interest with the relative risk contour diagram. This method can be used to identify the threshold relative risk at which a left-turn phasing should change from permitted to protected.
University of Minnesota M.S. thesis. August 2015. Major: Civil Engineering. Advisors: Gary Davis, John Hourdos. 1 computer file (PDF); vii, 102 pages.
Development of Guidelines for Flashing Yellow Arrows for Protected/Permissive Use.
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