The objective of this study was to determine the change in crash history at intersections after installation of a traffic signal. Signals installed based on the warrants from an engineering study resulted in a decrease in angle collisions with an increase in the less severe rear end collisions. At intersections where signal warrants were not met, there was a smaller decrease in angle collisions and a larger increase in rear end collisions. The removal of unwarranted traffic signals did not result in a crash problem. The analysis shows that the warrants given in the MUTCD should be followed when determining the need for a traffic signal installation with the installation based on an engineering study.
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Agent, Kenneth R. and Green, Eric R., "Crash History after Installation of Traffic Signals (Warranted vs. Unwarranted)" (2008). Kentucky Transportation Center Research Report. 39.