The core areas of research are signs, markings, signals, work zones, and highway design. These areas are focused on by the division’s four programs, which include the following:
- Roadway Design Program
- Roadway Safety Program
- Signs and Markings Program
- Work Zone and Dynamic Signs Program
Researchers have evaluated many different performance measures in these areas, including operational considerations, safety impacts, driver behavior, visibility, and many others. Their research efforts have a strong emphasis on the application of theoretical principles to the solution of real-world challenges. One of their strengths is developing solutions that can have immediate implementation value.
The division’s staff are its most important resource. They are some of the leading experts in their respective areas of expertise and their work has been published in key journals. The research facilities are some of the best in the country and provide capabilities that few can match.