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2018-2019 Nominations for Officers & Directors

Regional Rep: Kathryn Power, PE, PennDOT District 11-0
Past President: Chuck Nash, PE, ms consultants, inc.
President: Pat Kane, PE, Greenman Pedersen, Inc.
1st Vice President: H. Dan Cessna, PE, Michael Baker International, Inc.
2nd Vice President: John Nicholson, PE, WSP
Secretary: Jim Weaver, USA Hockey
Treasurer: Gerald Pitzer, PE, Retired
National Board Representative: Kathryn Power, PE, PennDOT District 11-0

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: 1 YEAR

Patricia Wardy, EIT – ms consultants, inc.
Daniel Laird – CDR Maguire
Dave Augustine, PE – JMT
Kevin O’Conner, PE – HDR

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: 2 YEAR

Mike Dillon, PE – Allegheny County
Nick Ross, PE – HDR
David Digioia, PE – McMahon Associates
Matt Macy, PE – CDR Maguire

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: 3 YEAR

Masha Rowley, PE – WSP
Danielle List – WSP
Tyler Blonski – Benesch
Geoff Egnitz, PE – LR Kimball

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NTSB ACCIDENT REPORT: Deadly Crashes at Unsignalized Intersections

From 2010 to 2015, more than 45,000 people were killed in intersection crashes in the United States. More than 66 percent of these crashes occurred at unsignalized intersections (where no highway traffic signals control right-of-way), accounting for over 15 percent of all fatal crashes on US roadways.

Intersections allow for potentially deadly impact angles and high collision speeds, which combine to limit survivability in the event of a crash. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has investigated several accidents that involved unsignalized intersections.

On July 2, 2016, near St. Marks, Florida, a bus transporting 33 farm workers failed to stop at an intersection and proceeded into the path of a truck-tractor semitrailer combination vehicle. When the truck struck the bus, its right side-mounted diesel fuel tank was breached, initiating a fire. The truck driver and three bus passengers died; the bus driver and 30 passengers were injured.

On March 30, 2015, near Moore Haven, Florida, a 15-passenger van failed to stop at an intersection, traveled through the cross highway, and vaulted across a canal into the far-side bank. Eight people were killed, and eight were injured.

On February 16, 2012, near Chesterfield, New Jersey, school bus transporting 25 students entered an intersection without yielding to a truck traveling on the cross highway. The truck hit the school bus, which then struck a traffic beacon support pole. One bus passenger was killed, and 15 bus passengers were injured.
What can local traffic engineering authorities do to prevent and mitigate crashes at unsignalized intersections?

Traffic authorities can adopt “safe system” design principles—which means acknowledging human limitations and vulnerabilities and accounting for them as best as possible in road design. Although individuals have a responsibility to act with care and within traffic laws, those who design, build, and manage roads must also take proactive steps to improve safety by managing or eliminating risks where possible.

Another way to address this problem is to implement a systemic approach to safety, which targets common risk factors in crashes throughout the roadway network rather than focusing on specific crash locations. A systemic improvement is widely implemented based on high-risk unsignalized intersection features that correlate with particular crash types, rather than with location-based crash frequency (see safety.fhwa.dot.gov/systemic/index.htm (link is external)).

Safety countermeasures should be implemented to:

Increase the visibility of intersections and traffic control devices
Increase awareness of intersections
Improve sight distance at intersections
Reduce conflicts by improving design
Improve intersection operation.
Extensive resources offer practical guidance for improving safety, mobility, and accessibility at unsignalized intersections. The Unsignalized Intersection Improvement Guide is a web-based program that guides users through the process of evaluating unsignalized intersections and identifying opportunities to enhance their safety and operational performance (see www.ite.org/uiig/process.asp (link is external)).

For More Information

NTSB highway accident reports can be found at www.ntsb.gov/investigations (link is external).

Additional information on improving intersection safety can be found on the Federal Highway Administration website at safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/ (link is external).

The full report can be downloaded here:

 

LOWER ALLEGHENY RIVER BRIDGE TOUR & PUB CRAWL

Start/Ending Point: North Shore

Come with ASHE Pittsburgh on a walking tour of the bridges over the lower Allegheny River. Hear about their histories, unique features, and recent and proposed construction. The tour will stop at two of the City’s finer pubs for rest and refreshments.  The tour will begin and end at the Clark Bar on the North Shore. Parking is free. Walking tour will be approximately 3 miles.

Earn a PDH for this FREE event!

Food and beverage cost not provided by ASHE.   This is a rain or shine event.

More information to follow.

JOINT DINNER MEETING: Leslie Richards

The Altoona Section, the Mid-Allegheny Section, the Pittsburgh Section and the Southwest Penn Section are happy to announce the 3rd Annual Joint ASHE Dinner Meeting on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

We Are Honored to Welcome
Leslie S. Richards,
PennDOT Secretary of Transportation

The Dinner Meeting will be held at:
DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh – Cranberry
910 Sheraton Drive, Mars, PA 16046

RSVP by Monday, April 2, 2018

Attendance is limited to 250 and we expect the event to sell out. Sign up early to assure your spot to this great event!

5:30 PM | Social Hour
7:00 PM | Dinner
8:00 PM | Presentation

Registration

$60 | Members
$80 | Non‐Members
$30 | Public Employees

*Due to venue policies and popularity of our dinner meetings, we cannot accept walk-ins.
Please register prior to the event or you will be turned away at the door.