Investigation of driver fatigue problems on the Oakey-Cooyar road

Li, David (2004) Investigation of driver fatigue problems on the Oakey-Cooyar road. [USQ Project]


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The Oakey-Cooyar Road (417) provides an alternate route to the New England Highway (22A) for the north-south movement of freight, especially the heavy vehicles. Currently articulated vehicles and road trains are the major types of heavy vehicles which are using the Oakey-Cooyar Road. The investigation of the historical crash data has found that the crashes occurred on 417 were more likely to be fatigue related although those crashes were less severe than the ones occurred on 22A. Thus fatigue management measures must be implemented to reduce the chance of fatigue-related crashes on the road for future increasing volume of heavy vehicles. The field investigation has found that there is little strategic planning for existing facilities. The current rest area and stopping areas are not well defined and most are not signposted. The recommended strategies to be adopted on the Oakey-Cooyar Road are: - Upgrading the current motorist rest area to a clearly identified heavy vehicle rest area near Kulpi; - Establishing at least three clearly identified and signed heavy vehicle stopping places on each direction, which may be used by other vehicles too; - Establishing an overtaking lane before the south-bound 10% steep ascent section. It is also recommended that extra signs be posted to redirect the heavy vehicle to use the West Oakey Connection Road, therefore bypass Oakey. Further research needs to be conducted on the usage of rest areas and an estimate of costs for the suggested improvements to the road needs to be carried out in order to analyse the cost-benefit aspects of the proposals due to the time constraint of this project.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:11
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: Oakey-Cooyar Road, fatigue management, road safety, driver fatigue
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090507 Transport Engineering
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400512 Transport engineering

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