ODOT Installing 'Rumble Strips' On Highways' Center Lines

Monday, September 11th 2017, 5:59 pm
By: News On 6

ODOT is installing new rumble strips on highways across the state to prevent head-on crashes. 

The rumble strips which will vibrate your car to alert you if you cross the center line.

Center line rumble strips are rectangular raised areas of pavement, and the noise they generate is designed to alert distracted drivers or drivers who have fallen asleep. 

From 2013 to 2015, 229 people were killed on undivided rural highways due to head-on collisions.

A recent study published by the Michigan Department of Transportation found that rumble strips led to a 47 percent reduction in center line crossover collisions and a 51 percent reduction in fatal crashes in a two year period.

This year ODOT plans to install 16 rumble strips statewide at the cost of $2.5 million. 

The rumble strips will also increase pavement marking visibility at night and during inclement weather.