Ben Laury, Freeholder Deputy Director announced the County received $231,460 in Federal Highway funding to install Centerline Rumble Strips on various routes throughout Salem County. The funding does not require a county match.
Centerline Rumble strips are made of a series of milled or raised elements and when tires are exposed to them, it causes a vibration and audible rumbling transmitted through the wheels into the vehicle interior. “This project provides a low-cost safety measure on our roads and the goal is to reduce accidents and save lives.” The rumble strips are an effective alert to reduce head-on collisions and opposite direction sideswipes. “The vibration caused is a cost effective road safety feature to alert motorists when whey drift from their lane,” stated Ben Laury, Deputy Freeholder Director.
There is an increased need for rumble strips because often vehicles cross the centerline due to distracted or inattentive driving, which could have deadly consequences. Distracted or inattentive driving is the failure to pay proper attention to the road while driving or engaging in activities that distract attention such as texting, cell phone use, putting on make-up, eating, attending to children, or falling asleep at the wheel.
According to the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, the longitudinal rumble strips and stripes on two-lane roads were one of nine proven safety countermeasures that were designated in their Guidance Memorandum on Promoting the Implementation of Proven Safety Countermeasures.
Julie Acton, Freeholder Director stated, “We were pleased to receive the funding to install these safety features on our roadways, which will warn and allow a motorist an opportunity to divert back to their lane, ultimately to eliminate or reduce the severity of an accident.”