Road Safety Improvements: Low Cost, High Survival

At Pennoni, the safety of our employees and our surrounding communities is our number one priority, and we are always looking for new ways to make the world a safer place through our projects.

The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) developed a series of six videos to help practitioners incorporate road safety into their existing responsibilities. The videos showcase low-cost safety improvements to make stop-controlled intersections, curves, unpaved roads, and walking and biking safer. They also highlight how the use of pavement markings and speed management techniques can improve safety on a small budget.

More than 25 percent of people who die each year on the nation’s roadways are killed in vehicle crashes at curves. In partnership with the Pennsylvania Local Technical Assistance (LTAP), Pennoni studied local road crash data in Pennsylvania and identified high priority locations for low-cost safety improvements. “We completed studies and then identified signs, pavement markings, and other low-cost safety features to help reduce crashes on those curves,” explains Patrick Wright, Senior Engineer at Pennoni, in the video.

These safety improvements included the addition of warning signs, speed plaques, and chevrons. Adding low cost basic signing improvements such as these can alert drivers of upcoming curves and can reduce fatal crashes up to 44 percent.

The entire video series can be found here.

Patrick Wright

Patrick serves as a Senior Engineer for Pennoni. He has 35 years of experience in a wide variety of traffic/transportation projects. For more information, please contact Patrick at


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