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Transportation Safety Issues and Priorities in Minnesota

Part of the Fall 2011 Advanced Transportation Technologies Seminar Series.

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Traffic safety comes in several shapes and sizes. Ask a maintenance worker what safety is and you might hear that it's plowing roads when it snows. A transportation designer might say that safety is designing signposts that break away without intruding into a vehicle. A local official might say that installing an interchange or converting a two-lane road to four lanes is safety.

Safety has been ingrained in the transportation profession since the time of horse and buggy trails. In this presentation, Brad Estochen discussed the Minnesota Department of Transportation's diverse approach to roadway safety. He highlighted traditional measures and prioritization processes as well as approaches for addressing safety on a systemic level and using data to help drive Minnesota toward its goal of zero deaths.

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Brad Estochen is the state traffic safety engineer at the Minnesota Department of Transportation, where he administers the Highway Safety Investment Program with an annual budget of more than $20 million. He has also worked in the maintenance division, where he provided engineering support for a variety of maintenance activities and programmed preventative maintenance projects.

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