Florida Roads Being Paved With High Friction Surfaces to Lower Number of Crashes
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL- ABC Action News online writes that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is trying to reduce the number of traffic collisions in the state through the use of a special type of high-friction pavement coating. The substance is added to the pavement in a thin layer that binds to the road’s surface. The pavement coating has been effective in lowering the number of accidents in areas where crashes frequently occurred in the past.
FDOT applied a granite friction-enhancing substance to the ramp close to the Tampa International Airport in 2015. As a result of the new surface, the state witnessed a reduction in the number of accidents in the area by about 67%. The state also saw a 73% reduction in the number of wet weather accidents as a result of the pavement coating. Run-off-the-road crashes, in which a driver loses control of their vehicle and veers off the roadway, dropped by about 53%
The surface usually lasts for between five and ten years, but the service life varies based on the construction techniques used.
The surface has proven to be most effective when used on horizontal curves and loop ramps. FDOT has also found the product useful at heavily trafficked intersections, steep downhill roads, near railroad crossings, tolling areas, and school zones. Road surfacing is just one of many ways that a state can work to reduce crashes on their roads.
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