Posted May 14, 2018 06:25:14A new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that a blue highway could be the best option for the state of Florida if it were built as a single-lane highway.
The study used data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Department of Transportation, which tracks crashes and accidents, to identify which highway should be constructed as a one-lane roadway.
Researchers at the University of Florida found that the one-mile stretch between the Orange County/Dania Beach and Palm Beach International Airport in Florida’s Central Florida region, where most of the country’s aviation and shipping is conducted, had a fatal crash rate of 0.7 per 1,000 vehicles per year.
“We were surprised to find that this highway had a similar rate to the average of the nation,” said study co-author Chris Williams, a research engineer at the university’s Transportation Research Institute.
“If you combine all these things together, the one highway we examined had a rate of 1.8 fatal crashes per 1 million vehicles per mile.”
The one highway that we were surprised by is the one that’s in the Central Florida corridor.
“This means that even though the Florida Highway Patrol reported only 0.2 fatal crashes and 1,700 fatalities per year on the one section of the highway, it has a fatal accident rate of 2.7 fatal crashes, per 1.2 million vehicles.”
It’s a big difference.
This one has a lot more crashes than the one [the NHTSA] is seeing,” Williams said.
In addition, Williams said that the average length of the Florida highway was 8.8 miles, compared to 9.1 miles for the other highway studied, the Blue Highway in the eastern United States.”
When you look at the average distance, it’s very different, but the average height of the bridge is very similar,” Williams explained.
Williams said that while the average speed on the Blue highway was slightly lower than that of the Orange highway, the average acceleration was similar, which suggests that the Blue and Orange highways were constructed differently.
Williams added that the highway’s total number of lanes had not been evaluated, but it could have up to 1,400 lanes.”
As a general rule, the more lanes that are built, the less space there is for people to move,” he said.
The authors of the study suggest that if a one lane highway was constructed in the central Florida region and had the same fatal crash and traffic fatality rate as the Orange Highway, the Florida Department of Public Safety would be likely to build it.
The Blue Highway is one of several stretches of highway that the state has decided to build in the area around the Orlando International Airport.
The other two, the Interstate Highway 65 in Florida and the Interstate 495 in Texas, are already complete.
Both the Blue or Orange highways would have one lane each in each direction.
However, they would have no crosswalks and no shoulder parking lanes.
The two-lane Blue Highway would connect the airport to the city of Orlando and the Gulf Coast Highway, which is the busiest and most popular highway in the United States, has only one lane.
A study from the University, published last year, found that if the state decided to construct a one lanes highway in Central Florida, the state would need to build an additional 7,700 miles of it.
The Florida Department, however, has said it could build up to 6,200 miles of one-way highways in Central and South Florida.