Evaluation of Remedial Treatments at Skid Accident Locations

Report No: 73-R50

Published in 1974

About the report:

The Virginia Department of Highways has for many years been concerned with the slipperiness of highway pavements and has undertaken remedial action at numerous high wet accident locations. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the remedial action taken at 18 locations to determine if the percentages of wet accidents were significantly reduced. The remedial action taken has always been either resurfacing or grooving. The findings of this study were that both resurfacing to increase skid resistance and grooving tended to reduce the percentage of wet pavement accidents, with resurfacing seeming to provide the greater benefit.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Charles W. Payne 

Last updated: February 7, 2024

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