Evaluation of R1-6 Gateway Treatment Alternatives for Pedestrian Crossings

Gateway Pedestrian Crossing Treatment
Project Summary
Project Number:
SPR-1638 / SPR-1643
Contract Number:
Contract 2013-0069 Z2
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In-street sign, R1-6 Sign, Gateway Treatment of R1-6 Sign, Gateway




A series of studies evaluated the Gateway configuration of R1-6 in-street signs. A Gateway configuration consists of an R1-6 sign on the centerline, an R1-6 signs on both edges of the roadway, and R1-6 signs on the lane lines if it is a multilane road. The Gateway treatment was markedly more effective than the use of signs only on the centerline or on lane lines. The results showed: 1. That yielding was related to the narrowness of the gaps between signs; that a Gateway configuration consisting of R1-6 signs was markedly more effective than a Gateway made up of blank signs of the same size and background color. Research also demonstrated that mounting edge signs on the curb face was nearly as effective of placing signs in the gutter pan, and that the use of a robust delineator in place of the R1-6 signs on the lane lines was almost as effective as the use of the R1-6 signs on lane lines. This study also examined the efficacy of the Gateway on different types of crosswalk applications, the long-term persistence of effects and sign survival.




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Award: AASHTO Innovation Initiative 

Project Organization


Research Manager Project Manager Performing Organization(s)
Research Manager Michael Townley Project Manager Carissa McQuiston Western Michigan University logo
Michael Townley Carissa McQuiston Western Michigan University