Guidelines and Recommendations to Accommodate Older Drivers and Pedestrians

Federal Highway Administration

"This project updated, revised, and expanded the scope of the Older Driver Highway Design Handbook published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in 1998. Development of the updated Handbook (FHWA-RD-01-103) was complemented by a technology transfer initiative to make practitioners aware of the Handbook and assist in applying its recommendations. This effort included the development of a condensed document presenting recommendations and implementation guidelines only, plus printed and electronic materials supporting the conduct of practitioner workshops throughout the United States in the 1999-2001 period.

"Consistent with the full Handbook, this Guidelines and Recommendations document incorporates new research findings and technical developments and extensive feedback from State, county, and municipal engineers who reviewed and applied recommendations from the 1998 publication. Guidance on how and when to implement the included recommendations is included, as well as codes that indicate at a glance the relationship of each recommendation to standard design manuals, including the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Green Book.

"All research products developed under this contract are designed to provide practical guidance to engineers to accommodate the needs and functional limitations of an aging population of road users. Included recommendations are directed toward new construction, reconstruction, scheduled maintenance, and "spot treatments" to ameliorate demonstrated safety problems, emphasizing countermeasures with modest additional cost during installation and the potential for cost savings over the life cycle."

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