Safety management at road work zones: Best-practice recommendations.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPaper in conference proceeding


Accidents nearby work zones are a persistent road safety problem in many European countries. The Conference
of European Directors of Roads (CEDR) has initiated and finances the IRIS project (Incursion Reduction to
Increase Safety in road work zones) with the aim to collect and share information about best practices in temporary
traffic management at road works. An analysis of work zone accidents and a review of best practices were made.
Psychological issues to improve safety at work zones were studied by a literature review. Interviews with
stakeholders were carried out in eight European countries to gather information on guidelines, standards and
procedures in temporary traffic management. Best practice findings cover organizational/management issues,
work zone safety reviews, establishment/de-establishment of a road work zone, informing/warning and guiding
road users through work zone areas, speed management, protecting devices for road workers’ and road users’
safety and incursion warning systems.


External organisations
  • Belgian Road Safety Institute
  • Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Transport Systems and Logistics


  • Road work zone, Best practice, Safety, Review
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Transport Research Arena TRA 2020 conference "Rethinking transport Towards clean and inclusive mobility" Helsinki, Finland.
PublisherThe Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr 30
Publication categoryResearch

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