road-diet-headerWhere: North Jersey Transportation Authority
When: January 12, 2017 9AM to 4:00 PM

What is a Road Diet?  Four-lane undivided roadways often experience a large number of crashes–especially between high-speed through traffic, left-turning vehicles, and other road users. One treatment for addressing this safety concern is a Road Diet, which typically involves converting an existing four-lane segment to three lanes:   a through lane in each direction and a center two-way left-turn lane (TWLTL).

FHWA is pleased to offer a one-day workshop on this low-cost proven safety countermeasure that explores how agencies can use Road Diets to improve safety, operations, and livability in their communities.

Participants will be introduced to the FHWA Road Diet Informational Guide and guided through a decision-making process to determine when a Road Diet may be a good solution.

 Why Choose a Road Diet?

  • Road Diets can make the roadway environment safer for all users. Studies indicate a 19 to 47 percent reduction in overall crashes when a Road Diet is installed.
  • Low-Cost. Road Diets make efficient use of limited cross sectional area. When planned in conjunction with reconstruction or overlay projects, the safety and operational benefits of Road Diets can be achieved essentially for the cost of restriping pavement lanes.
  • Quality of Life. Road Diets can make shared spaces more livable and contribute to a community-focused, “Complete Streets” environment.

Who should attend?

  • Transportation Engineers and Planners
  • Pedestrian & Bicycle and Safe Routes to School Coordinators
  • Local Police, Fire, EMS and Transit
  • Community Leaders

Workshop Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn about the different types of Road Diets and why they work.
  • Understand the characteristics that make Road Diets the right choice.
  • Identify roads that are good candidates for Road Diets.
  • Learn what segment and intersection design elements are affected by a Road Diet.
  • Practice reallocating street space for other uses, including non-motorized user needs.