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FHWA releases fact sheet on incorporating road diet into policies

The Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety has created a document on road diet policies. A road diet, also known as a lane reduction or road re-channelization, is a technique in transportation planning whereby the number of travel lanes and/or the effective width of the road is reduced in order to achieve systemic improvements. Road diet policies are intended to help transportation agencies move beyond single project implementation by institutionalizing road diets as an accepted tool or project type.  The document describes the benefits and highlights real-world examples of agencies that have included road diets within new or revised transportation policies and guidance.  Road diet policies can be ‘stand-alone' policies or incorporated into existing agency plans, programs, policies, and practices.  The document highlights the efficiency and cost-savings associated with implantation of road diets as part of resurfacing projects.