Study Details

Study Title: Rectangular Rumble Strip Safety Evaluation

Authors: Storm et al.

Publication Date: APR, 2020

Abstract: This evaluation determined the change in crash frequency, type or severity associated with longitudinal rectangular rumble strips on rural two-lane undivided and rural four-lane divided Minnesota roadways constructed between 2012 and 2018. Crash Modification Factors (CMFs) were estimated using cross-sectional analysis to compare crash experience of locations with (i.e., centerline only, centerline + shoulder, or shoulder only) and without rectangular rumble strips. The cross-sectional analysis matched sites with and without rumble strips using matched-pair comparisons. Negative Binomial (NB) or Poisson log-linear regression models were used to model the crashes at all treatment and non-treatment sites. There was a total of approximately 1,200 miles of treated (i.e., centerline only, centerline + shoulder, or shoulder only) and untreated sites on rural two-lane roads and approximately 35 miles of treated (i.e., shoulder rumble strips) and untreated sites on rural four-lane divided roads. On rural two-lane undivided roads, the CMF for centerline + shoulder rumble strips was 0.73 for all crashes; shoulder only rumble strips had a CMF of 0.68 for all crashes. For single vehicle run-off-the-road crashes on rural two-lane highways, the CMF for rumble strips on the centerline + shoulder was 0.68; the CMF for shoulder only rumble strips was 0.76. The CMF for head-on, or opposite direction sideswipe crashes on rural two-lane roads with centerline and shoulder rumble strips was 0.64. On rural four-lane divided roads, the CMF for shoulder rumble strips for all crashes was 0.66 and 0.40 for single vehicle run-off-the-road crashes.

Study Citation: Storm, R., S. Klump, O. Kosta, M. Raad, and E. Wemple. "Rectangular Rumble Strip Safety Evaluation." Report No. MN 2020-07. Minnesota Department of Transportation. Roseville, Minnesota. (April 2020).


CMFs Associated With This Study

Category: Roadway

Countermeasure: Install centerline and shoulder rumble strips

CMF CRF(%) Quality Crash Type Crash Severity Roadway Type Area Type
0.73 27 3 Stars All All All Rural
0.68 32 3 Stars Other All All Rural
0.64 36 3 Stars Other All All Rural

Category:Shoulder treatments

Countermeasure: Install shoulder rumble strips

CMF CRF(%) Quality Crash Type Crash Severity Roadway Type Area Type
0.68 32 3 Stars All All All Rural
0.76 24 3 Stars Other All All Rural
0.66 34 3 Stars All All All Rural
0.4 60 3 Stars Other All All Rural