Safety Matters: Introducing the FHWA Rural Roadway Departure Countermeasure Pocket Guide


Introducing the FHWA Rural Roadway Departure Countermeasure Pocket Guide

As part of the ongoing work to reduce rural roadway departures across the country, the Federal Highway Administration has developed a Rural Roadway Departure Countermeasure pocket guide. This guide, found here, provides local agencies with a quick reference for identifying possible countermeasures for various issues they may identify in the field. It is meant to be a hands-on approach to reducing roadway departure crashes and can be distributed to those employees who work on your local roads daily, to assist them in making your roads safer.

The guide is organized into three color-coded sections which align with the proven countermeasure categories – keeping vehicles in lane, reducing potential for a crash and minimizing severity. Also included is a graph that identifies the countermeasures within each section and provides information on whether that solution is a low, medium or high cost.

From January 1, 2021 to date Connecticut has had 133 fatal or serious injury rural roadway departure crashes. By implementing these countermeasures local agencies can reduce this number and get Connecticut closer to our goal of zero deaths on our roadways. Of course many of these countermeasures have been implemented around the state by towns and the Department of Transportation and should continue to be installed.

Additional information on roadway departure safety can be found on the FHWA website at

For more information and assistance with local road safety in your community, contact Melissa Evans, Safety Circuit Rider, at

– Federal Highway Administration, Office of Safety

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