Date of Award

5-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Civil Engineering

Advisor

Dr. Wayne Sarasua

Committee Member

Dr. Jennifer Ogle

Committee Member

Dr. Mashrur Chowdhury

Abstract

The primary goal of this research is to show how a fully developed driveway database will improve access management practices resulting in a reduction in crashes, injuries, and fatalities on our roadways. The results of this thesis highlight a close relationship between driveway characteristics and the incidence of crashes. Thus, it is critical to be proactive in enforcing access management strategies and policies that are designed to enhance driveway safety without compromising the economic vitality of land use along roads. The analysis identified several significant independent variables that influence crash rates either positively or negatively. The data driven approach to the safety analysis discussed has resulted in several research findings with regard to the relationship between safety and access management.

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