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Increasing Freeway Capacity by Using Safety Lanes as Travel Lanes

COURSE NO: C07-007
Increasing Freeway Capacity by Using Safety Lanes as Travel Lanes
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course discusses the use of safety shoulders as travel lanes to increase the capacity of existing highways.  A succinct overview of efforts to use left or right shoulder lanes as temporary or interim travel lanes is presented.  The impact on highway performance, operations, safety, maintenance, enforcement, incident response, and costs is discussed.  Detailed case studies are presented for four U.S. states and three European countries.


This 7 PDH online course is intended for civil, highway and transportation engineers involved in transportation planning, design and implementation.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning about traffic control devices
  • Understanding performance measures
  • Understanding potential safety benefits
  • Understanding maintenance concerns
  • Familiarizing with enforcement roles and processes
  • Learning about incident response
  • Learning about training for personnel
  • Understanding costs, liability and legal issues
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Publication No. FHWA-HOP-10-023, "Efficient Use of Highway Capacity Summary", by Beverly Kuhn, November, 2010.

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Increasing Freeway Capacity by Using Safety Lanes as Travel Lanes (6.4 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of forty (40) questions to earn 7 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this FHWA publication.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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