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Road Safety Inspection in Austria. Thomas Fessl. Best in Europe Conference Brussels, February 21-22 2006. Road Safety Inspection Road Safety Inspection of Austrian motor- and expressways.

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Road Safety Inspectionin Austria

Thomas Fessl

Best in Europe ConferenceBrussels, February 21-22 2006


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Road Safety InspectionRoad Safety Inspection of Austrian motor- and expressways

Road SafetyInspection (RSI) is a periodical controlling instrument of the existing road network (including roadsides), independently of number of accidents.

RSI allows the implementation of remedial measures before accidents occur.

source: High LevelWorking Group on Road Infrastructure Safety, 2003


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Road Safety InspectionRoad Safety Inspection of Austrian motor- and expressways

In Austria, Road Safety Inspection of motorways and expressways started in July 2003. - 2003 and 2004: 11 inspected sections

- 2005/2006: 10 sections

motorway

expressway

inspected sections 2003,2004,2005

sections under inspection


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Road Safety InspectionRoad Safety Inspection of Austrian motor- and expressways

RSI in a team (road safety experts & civil engineers) including:

  • accident analysis – accident map

  • analysis of the traffic conditions

  • analysis of the constructional elements

  • inspection – on-site visit

  • meetings and interviews with motorway maintenance unit and traffic police

  • analysis of road surface (pavement rating - ruts, friction, …)

  • analysis of road maintenance measures

  • analysis of road environment

remedial measures (short-, medium-, long term)


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tunnel

existing speed camera

installation of a speeding warning system

existing speed camera – to be in operation permanently

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Example: section

A 2 South motorway - Wechsel

(Lower Austria)

Accident map

variable speed limit

Catalogue ofproposed measures

improvement of winter maintenance

lane markings with increased night visibility in wet road conditions

interchange Krumbach

  • structural measures (long term):

  • - to broaden the shoulder lane

  • corrections of crossfalls

rest areaZöbern

province border

interchange Zöbern


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Road Safety InspectionRoad Safety Inspection of Austrian motor- and expressways

Section A 2 South motorway - Wechsel


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Road Safety InspectionRoad Safety Inspection of secondary road networks in Austria

At present, Road Safety Inspection pilot study on

secondary road networks (contracted by the Austrian

Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology):

RSI is carried out at seven selected sections in Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland:

  • rural roads

  • municipal roads

    The results of the RSI (sections) will be reflected in a draft guideline in May 2006.


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Road Safety Inspectionwithin the 6FP Project RIPCORD-ISEREST

RIPCORD-ISEREST (WP5)

Best Practice Guidelines on Safety Inspection

  • Start: January 2005

  • End: September 2007

    Goals:

    • Standardised approach for RSI in Europe

    • Setting up of implementation plan

    • Developing of checklists

    • Carrying out of practicability tests


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Road Safety Inspectionwithin the 6FP Project RIPCORD-ISEREST

Main problems

in defining a common understanding of RSI

  • Existence of great number of RSI approaches across Europe

  • Lack of a standardised RSI approach within the countries

  • No legal basis for RSI in most countries

  • No standardised RSI reporting in most countries


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Road Safety Inspectionwithin the 6FP Project RIPCORD-ISEREST

Common understanding on RSI

  • Preventive tool

  • Independent of the occurred number of accidents

  • Regular inspection

  • Covering the whole existing road network

  • Carried out by trained traffic expert team


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Current approach in Austria

  • Selection of inspection sites depending on the actual number of occurred accidents, priority given to sections with an accident rate above average

Is it RSI at all or another road infrastructuresafety management tool?


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Road Safety Inspection

Thomas Fessl

KfV – Road Safety Economics

Tel.: +43-(0)577077-1210

thomas.fessl@kfv.at

www.kfv.at

www.ripcord-iserest.com