Small rural communities often lack the expertise and resources necessary to address speeding and the persistent challenge of slowing high-speed through traffic. The entrances to communities are especially problematic given that drivers must transition from a high-speed, often-rural roadway setting to a low-speed community setting.
A number of traffic-calming devices were evaluated to determine their effectiveness in reducing speeds along the main road through a small rural community. Five different treatments were selected and installed in six rural Iowa communities. This tech brief highlights use of transverse speed bars.
Iowa Highway Research Board Iowa Department of Transportation Midwest Transportation Consortium Federal Highway Administration (IHRB Project TR-630, InTrans Project 11-393)
Hallmark, Shauna L.; Knickerbocker, Skylar; and Hawkins, Neal R., "Transverse Speed Bars for Rural Traffic Calming" (2013). Tech Transfer Summaries. 47.