The last of the four roads to the moon, Highway 61 is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the United States.
It was built in 1959, just months after the US launched the Apollo 11 mission.
The road is a perfect symbol of America’s commitment to space exploration.
Its twin-hulled aircraft, Apollo 13 and Apollo 15, orbited the moon and made their first ascent in 1969.
The highway has survived more than two centuries of human exploration.
It’s the most popular tourist attraction in the country, and it’s a favourite for drivers and cyclists.
But it has also been a test bed for the kind of road-safety improvements that are needed across America.
How do you make a road that’s safe, reliable and easy-to-navigate?
As part of the first round of a US National Highway Safety Improvement Program (NHSIP) study, the government commissioned a survey to help develop new safety measures.
One of the biggest challenges in building a new highway is that the road itself is made up of lots of different elements, some of which are very hard to track and identify.
The survey also asked road users how they used the road and how often they used it.
We’ve found that the number of crashes is a strong predictor of whether the road is safe.
For instance, when road users are travelling in the middle of nowhere, and have no idea where they’re going, they’re less likely to be involved in crashes.
If you can make the road as easy to use as possible, it’ll be safer for everyone.
This survey also found that people who had more experience driving a car had higher levels of self-control and less accidents.
How would you make the Highway 61 more reliable?
For safety, the survey asked road makers to develop safety features to make the highway more reliable.
For example, a pedestrian crossing will now have a flashing red light.
Pedestrians are also now required to signal when crossing the road with the use of a flashing green light.
This new system will make the crossing safer, so it won’t be necessary to stop for pedestrians at a crossing point.
Also, people will be asked to slow down when crossing a road, and the road will be marked by a red arrow.
Pedalboards are being used to reinforce the crossing points, which will be easier to spot.
How about pedestrian crossing and other safety features?
We also asked survey participants what they thought they needed to know about a particular feature on the highway.
For many features, people were asked what they liked most about the feature.
For the Highway 51 sign, people rated the number one feature, which is the sign’s clarity and simplicity.
We also looked at people’s views on what’s important to the highway: safety, aesthetics, ease of use, accessibility and the number that people think should be added.
What was your experience on the Highway 41 highway in the last two weeks?
Have you been to Highway 61?
Did you see the new sign, or do you think you could make it easier?
What did you think of the survey?
Let us know what you think about the survey in the comments section below.
If the survey has been helpful to you, share it on social media using the hashtag #HISUSURVEY.
Find out more about the project at the NHSIP website, and get in touch if you have any feedback or questions about the results.
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