Evaluation of Selected Warning Signs at Skewed Railroad-highway Crossings

Report No: 86-R38

Published in 1986

About the report:

A 1984 study by the Research Council recommended that advance warning signs be placed in advance of skewed railroad-highway grade crossings. Several signs were suggested for use, and the study reported here was undertaken to determine the effectiveness of two of these signs. The study focused upon how well cyclists observed and understood the signs. Questionnaires were distributed to motorcyclists in the Harrisonburg area, and interviews were conducted with bicyclists encountered on the campus of James Madison University. Both of the suggested signs were found to be effective, but one was superior and its use is recommended.

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.


  • Todd Collier

Last updated: February 10, 2024

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