Operation and Safety of Right-Turn Lane Designs Academic Article uri icon


  • The objectives of this research by the Texas Department of Transportation were to determine the variables that affect the speeds of free-flow turning vehicles in an exclusive right-turn lane and explore the safety experience of different right-turn lane designs. The evaluations found that the variables affecting the turning speed at an exclusive right-turn lane include type of channelization present (either lane line or raised island), lane length, and corner radius. Variables that affect the turning speed at an exclusive right-turn lane with island design include (a) radius, lane length, and island size at the beginning of the turn and (b) corner radius, lane length, and turning-roadway width near the middle of the turn. Researchers for a Georgia study concluded that treatments that had the highest number of crashes were right-turn lanes with raised islands. This type of intersection had the second highest number of crashes of the treatments evaluated in Texas. In both studies, the shared through with right lane combination had the lowest number of crashes. These findings need to be verified through use of a larger, more comprehensive study that includes right-turning volume.

published proceedings

  • Transportation Research Record Journal of the Transportation Research Board

author list (cited authors)

  • Fitzpatrick, K., Schneider, W. H., & Park, E. S.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Fitzpatrick, Kay||Schneider, William H||Park, Eun Sug

publication date

  • January 2006