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FoRRRwD – Combating Rural Roadway Departures New Jersey Virtual Workshop

  • March 16, 2021
  • 9:00 am–11:30 am


As a stakeholder in rural roadway safety, you are invited to attend a virtual workshop towards reducing lane departure crashes in New Jersey.  The Federal Highway Administration, in partnership with New Jersey Department of Transportation, will conduct the workshop broken into three separate dates to avoid an all-day event. 30 people will die today as a result of a roadway departure on a rural road nationally. This course provides participants with some tools for addressing roadway departure crashes. Topics covered in this course include a discussion of engineering countermeasures as well as implementation using the systemic approach. The learning outcomes are:

  • Describe the rural roadway departure crash problem
  • Identify the three objectives used to combat the problem
  • Identify proven safety countermeasures to mitigate roadway departures
  • Recognize the crash reduction potential for the individual countermeasures
  • Understand why the systemic approach is critical to reduce roadway departures
  • Identify risk factors that are commonly used in the Systemic Approach to reduce rural roadway departures

The sessions will focus on the systemic application of proven roadway departure countermeasures, discuss strategies to help keep vehicles in their travel lanes, and share methods to reduce the potential for crashes while reducing the severity of those crashes that do occur.  The workshop is being offered under a program aimed at deploying innovation within the transportation community and further background information can be found in a recent NJDOT technology transfer post.



Session I –  March 16, 2021

9:00 –  11:30

Session 1 – Introduction and Overview

Session 2 – Delineation and Signing

Session 3 – Rumble Strips


Session II – March 23, 2021

9:00 –  11:30

Session 4 – Friction

Session 5 – Recovery Area

Session 6 – Minimizing Severity


Session III – March 30, 2021 

9:00 –  11:30

Implementation Strategies

  • Systemic Approach to Roadway Departures
  • NJDOT Safety –  MPO curve contract and data availability
  • NJDOT Local Aid – funds availability, application process, safety for all projects

Date & Time

March 16, 2021
9:00 am–11:30 am



Richard B (Dick) Albin, PE and David Kopacz, PE, FHWA Resource Center

Keith Skilton, PE, FHWA NJ Division

Daniel LiSanti, PE, Jeevanjot Singh, PMP and Marhaba Omer, NJDOT, BSBPP

Cindy Yerkey, PE, Jacobs

Kyle Skala, Local Aid

Vittorio M. Anepete, PE, McCormick Taylor Inc. 


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