AASHTO Journal, 24 January 2012
“We now have specific guidelines that can dramatically reduce the time it takes to clear major incidents from our interstates and major highways,” Schroer said in a statement.
The new agreement states the goals and objectives of the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security when a serious crash occurs, and defines the responsibilities of those responding to the incident.
“We have an obligation to the people of this state and the motorists traveling our roadways to improve our operations and communication,” Gibbons said in a statement. “This agreement will allow us to make earlier determinations about the magnitude of an incident and take appropriate action to not only reopen the roadway, but also improve safety for motorists and responders.”
The agreement includes a number of new procedures, which are detailed at bit.ly/TN8429. These include classifying incidents as major, intermediate, or minor as well as requiring reassessment of clearance activities every 30 minutes.
Full text of the 15-page agreement is available at bit.ly/TDOT021412.