Special Issue "Road Safety and Pavement Characteristics: Defining Novel Safety Performance Functions and Crash Modification Factors"

A special issue of Infrastructures (ISSN 2412-3811).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2023) | Viewed by 376

Special Issue Editors

Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering (DICI), The University of Pisa, Largo Lucio Lazzarino 1, 56122 Pisa, Italy
Interests: road safety; accident analysis; road monitoring; road maintenance; non-destructive techniques (NDTs); synthetic aperture radar interferometry (InSAR); falling weight deflectometer (FWD); ground penetrating radar (GPR); laser profiler; statistical modelling; machine learning algorithms
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Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering (DICI), The University of Pisa, Largo Lucio Lazzarino 1, 56122 Pisa, Italy
Interests: road pavement design and construction; pavement surface characteristics; road monitoring; road maintenance; non-destructive techniques (NDTs)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Road safety is a critical issue that affects millions of people globally. While various factors contribute to road accidents, pavement surface characteristics, such as friction and surface roughness, and road equipment, such as road lighting, road barriers, roadside conditions, road signs, and road markings, play a significant role in determining the safety of drivers and passengers. To address this pressing issue, we are calling for contributions to a Special Issue that will focus on the impact of road properties on accident causations. The goal of this Special Issue is to bring together experts in the field to provide a comprehensive examination of the latest developments in road safety.

The Special Issue will specifically address the need to define novel safety performance functions (SPFs) and crash modification factors (CMFs) to better understand the relationship between road surface characteristics, road equipment, and accident causations. Empirical studies that focus on road-related features that have not yet been explored are especially welcome. Additionally, new theoretical, statistical, and data-driven approaches for defining SPFs and CMFs could be of interest to the present Special Issue. The Special Issue will be of great interest to academicians, researchers, and practitioners working in the fields of road safety, transportation engineering, and accident analysis. The focus on road surface characteristics and road equipment, and their impact on accident causations, will provide valuable insights for policymakers, road planners, and design engineers, who can use this information to make informed decisions and improve the road safety for all.

We welcome original research papers, reviews, and relevant empirical studies proposing novelty on the investigated road-related features. The Special Issue will provide an opportunity for researchers to share their latest findings, methodologies, and ideas, and to engage in constructive discussions on the future direction of road safety research. Topics of interest to be accounted for within safety performance functions and crash modification factors include (but are not limited to) the following: road pavement properties, road pavement friction, road surface roughness, road lighting, road barriers, roadside conditions, road markings, and road geometry (horizontal and vertical alignment).

Dr. Nicholas Fiorentini
Dr. Pietro Leandri
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Infrastructures is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • road pavement design and construction
  • pavement surface characteristics
  • road monitoring
  • road maintenance
  • non-destructive techniques (NDTs)
  • road safety
  • accident causation and prevention
  • safety performance function
  • crash modification factors

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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