Empirical Examination of Passing Lane Operational Benefits on Rural Two‐Lane Highways

This paper presents an empirical investigation into the operational benefits of passing lanes on rural two-lane highways. Two study sites in the state of Montana were used in this investigation. Performance was examined at a single location upstream and multiple locations downstream of the passing lane at each study site. Using percent followers as a performance measure, operational benefits right after the passing lane ranged between 33% and 42% at one study site and 12% to 19% at the other study site under prevalent traffic levels. Study results also suggest that operational benefits persist for a remarkable distance beyond the end of the passing lane.


Subject(s):
Issue Date:
2010
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/207194
Published in:
Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, Volume 49, Number 3
Page range:
53-68
Total Pages:
17




 Record created 2017-04-01, last modified 2017-04-28

Fulltext:
Download fulltext
PDF

Rate this document:

Rate this document:
1
2
3
 
(Not yet reviewed)