Sweco helps to make Flanders a safer place to drive

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Sweco helps to make Flanders a safer place to drive

17 March 2021
The Roads and Traffic Agency (Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer - AWV) has awarded a new framework contract to Sweco. During a period of 4 years, we will be conducting road safety studies, including on dangerous locations, bottlenecks on school routes and environs and at entry and exit slip road complexes.

Increasing traffic safety on regional roads is one of the AWV’s core tasks. To effect this, the agency has appointed Sweco to assist in the investigation of road safety at unsafe locations and to put forward measures to improve this.

The locations have been selected because of several priorities: they can be part of the dynamic list of dangerous points, places about which the AWV receives reports regarding road safety, places that have been determined on the basis of external consultation or locations where wrong-way driving incidents were observed. School zones located along regional roads also qualify. Moreover, Flemish cities and municipalities are currently compiling a list of bottlenecks on school routes.

A basic road safety study will include the following tasks:

  • Exploration of the location,
  • Proposing quick wins,
  • Consultation with experts,
  • Drafting of a final report.

Depending on the type of location, these may be extended to include the following tasks:

  • Accident analysis based on data from the accident form,
  • On-site observation.

In order to bring this extensive assignment to a successful conclusion, Sweco has a team ready in which all important disciplines are represented: traffic engineering, infrastructure, spatial and landscape integration, traffic light control, and so on. Our experts also work from different offices in Flanders, which enables us to use local knowledge.

Sweco is determined to take up this challenge together with the AWV and contribute to a traffic-safer Flanders.

Photo: © Bram Goots

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