Energy and Transportation | Research and Development
Our goal is to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries that occur on the nation’s highways.
MRIGlobal experts evaluate the impact of specific highway designs and safety treatments on crash frequency and severity. Our research helps highway agencies estimate the costs and benefits of including specific design features in their highway projects. We point transportation professionals toward best practices in designing for the safety of all travel modes (cars, trucks, motorcycles, pedestrians, bicycles).
Safety Research Expertise
MRIGlobal has an array of experience. We have conducted safety analyses of:
- Intersection left- and right-turn lanes
- Rumble strips
- Supplementary pavement markings
- Striping and delineation improvements
- Lane and shoulder widths
- Pedestrian crossing treatments
- Horizontal and vertical alignment combinations for rural two-lane highways
- Safety Edge treatment used in conjunction with pavement resurfacing
- Indirect left-turn treatments involving unsignalized median openings
- Relationship between driving speed and safety
- Use of Naturalistic Driving Study data for evaluation of safety impact of roadway features
MRIGlobal staff assess the impacts of specific roadway treatments on crash frequency and severity and translate research results into national policies and guidance to help highway agencies implement the results of our findings.
For more than 45 years, we’ve conducted safety studies for the Federal Highway Administration, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, state and local departments of transportation, and other highway safety organizations. Our research develops crash prediction models for two-lane rural highways and urban and suburban arterials as included in the first edition of the Highway Safety Manual (HSM). Currently we are developing crash prediction methodologies for additional intersection configurations and for pedestrian and bike facilities to be included in future editions of the HSM.
Work with us
MRIGlobal looks forward to contributing our expertise where it matters most.