US 50 Road Diet Violates Federal Guidelines

US 50 Road Diet Violates Federal Guidelines


This paper compares government-specified road-diet thresholds in traffic volume to peak daily traffic data from Placer.ai visitation data in the segment of US 50 from Stateline to Round Mound.  In all cases, maximum thresholds were handily exceeded during peak season.  Moreover, road diets are designed to improve pedestrian safety and crash severity in urban settings.  They were never designed for rural settings, especially on alpine arterial highways.  Using FHWA language, we must conclude that US 50 is not a “good candidate” for a road diet, and further consideration would not be warranted.

Read January 2024 update – US 50 Road Diet Violates Federal Guidelines


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East Shore residents have been asking NDOT for serious modeling and simulation to demonstrate safety benefits of CMP. Here is their response.

What are your thoughts on the NDOT/TRPA plans for a road diet on US HWY 50?

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