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Analysis of Freight Crashes Along the I-10 Corridor: Problem Identification and Potential ITS Countermeasures

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Date:   Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Time:  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Cost:  All T3 webinars are free of charge
PDH:  1.0   View PDH Policy

T3 Webinars are brought to you by the Professional Capacity Building (PCB) Program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO). References in this webinar to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the U.S. DOT.


Traffic crashes cost society billions of dollars each year as a result of property damage, injuries, and fatalities. Additionally, traffic crashes have a negative impact on mobility, as they are a primary cause of non-recurring delay. With the Interstate 10 corridor between the ports of Los Angeles and Houston being one of the most vital links for goods movement across the United States, safety and mobility along this freeway, particularly for freight traffic, are of significant concern to both private companies and the general public. This project, which was funded by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) Research Innovation Fund (RIF), explores factors affecting the frequency and severity of traffic crashes along the I-10 corridor through Arizona, with a particular focus on freight-related crashes. Ultimately, the current safety performance along the I-10 is analyzed through the development of crash frequency and severity prediction models using integrated crash, roadway, traffic, and environmental data. Based on the results of the analysis, potential countermeasures are discussed with a focus on ITS countermeasures such as variable speed limits, dynamic lane control, and truck platooning.

Target Audience

The target audience includes transportation researchers and practitioners, and both undergraduate and graduate transportation engineering students.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, the audience shall:


Brendan J. Russo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Environmental Engineering, Northern Arizona University

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Dr. Brendan Russo is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Russo has over nine years of transportation-related research, teaching, and professional work experience. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from Iowa State University. His research has been primarily focused on traffic safety; specifically, safety performance and economic assessments of roadway design features, driver behavior, occupant protection, and econometric methods for transportation data analysis. He is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the Transportation Research board (TRB) ANB10 Transportation Safety Management Committee, and the TRB AFB20 Roadside Safety Design Committee. Dr. Russo has been involved with a number of transportation-related projects sponsored by the Michigan, Iowa, Montana, and Arizona Departments of Transportation. Some of these projects include pedestrian/bicycle safety audits of rural school zones, safety and economic evaluations of statewide safety countermeasure installation programs, development of statewide safety performance functions (SPFs) for urban and suburban roadways, evaluation of the impacts of differential vs. uniform speed limit policies, and statewide observational surveys of seatbelt, motorcycle helmet, and child restraint use rates.


Emmanuel James, Undergraduate Student, Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Environmental Engineering, Northern Arizona University

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Mr. Emmanuel James is an undergraduate student studying Civil Engineering at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona. Mr. James has two years of experience working within various engineering school projects and internships. He is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He has competed in ASCE’s 2015 and 2016 Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) Steel Bridge events and ITE’s 2017 Western District Traffic Bowl.

Samuel Taylor, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Environmental Engineering, Northern Arizona University

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Mr. Samuel Taylor is a graduate student studying transportation engineering and safety at Northern Arizona University (NAU). Mr. Taylor has five years of experience working in or around the Flagstaff and NAU communities. He currently serves as the president for NAU’s Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) student chapter and is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Animal Vehicle Conflict Sub-Committee. His graduate research at NAU has focused on highway safety performance, and he has developed an in-depth knowledge of statistical methods in safety analyses and GIS mapping software. Mr. Taylor has served as the project lead on several class assignments, and has held two different internship positions, one in the private sector and one in the public sector. Mr. Taylor has also developed his management skills while working for the Student Unions department at NAU during his undergraduate studies.