Thread: Highway Safety with HOV Lanes
09-03-2013, 01:46 PM #1
Highway Safety with HOV Lanes
When responding to a traffic incident in a metro area, you may encounter a situation where the crash occurs in a specially marked lane; the HOV or High Occupancy Vehicle lane. These special purpose lanes exist in and around more and more cities as a means of addressing commuter congestion, especially during rush hours.
HOV lanes are 'separated' from the general travel lanes with either painted markings, flexible pylons, or possibly a solid, concrete jersey barrier. Depending on what design is present for your HOV lanes, you have to react to the situation differently.
The image below shows a 'best practice' for an HOV crash where the separators are flexible pylons. Note that the engine is in a 'block-to-the-right' and that the HOV lane as well as Lane 1 of the highway has been blocked.
For those of you who have HOV lanes in your response district, how do you handle this same situation when flexible pylons are present?Ron Moore, Forum Moderator
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