PennDOT hopes new tool will reduce crashes on slick roads

Written by The Associated Press | May 8, 2015 6:10 AM

Photo by Courtesy of PennDOT

(Cornwall) -- PennDOT has unveiled a new substance aimed at reducing accidents caused by slick roadways.

The agency demonstrated what's known as High-Friction Surface Treatment and Deputy PennDOT Secretary Scott Christie explains how it works.

"Basically, the concept is add more friction to that area," he says. "So, people, even when they're speeding or even when they're distracted, the extra friction will provide them some extra time to recover and not have an accident."

Christie says the process will be used on roadways known for crashes caused by wet pavement or reduced friction.

"The fact is that when you use this product, the statistics definitively show that it drives down the number of accidents and that it drives down the number of fatalities."

The demonstration took place along a portion of Route 241 near Mill Road in North Cornwall Township, Lebanon County.

Christie says it was selected because the roadway has sharp curves and narrow shoulders, which have contributed to nearly a dozen crashes since 2008.

PennDOT has already added this treatment to 63 locations across the state.

Since 2010, the state has averaged about 200 fatalities and 450 major injuries per year due to accidents caused by a slick road surface.

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