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Safer Roads By Design™:

Roadside / Median Safety & Work Zone Safety

Two critical aspects of road safety are Roadside / Median Safety and Work Zone Safety. This training program will focus on both of these very important road safety concepts.

Target Audience

  • Road Authorities
  • Concessionaires
  • Road Design Consultants
  • Contractors
  • Distributors
  • Representatives
  • Maintenance Personnel
  • Law Enforcement
  • Academia

Roadside / Median Safety


Attendees of this IRF Workshop will be exposed to all aspects of Roadside and Median Safety, including longitudinal barriers, crash cushions, terminals and transitions. They will be introduced to the existing products, and they will be taught the importance of site specific data to determine the most appropriate product for a particular application.
Upon completion of the Roadside and Median Safety training, attendees will have a clear understanding of methods to identify dangerous roadside hazards and options for eliminating them. They will be aware of the best practices and state of the art technologies that can be used to make roadsides safer.

Work Zone Safety


Motorists constitute about eighty percent (80%) of the fatalities in work zones. Road Authorities are responsible for the safety of these motorists and they must establish and enforce the criteria that contractors must follow to design a safe work zone.
Attendees are exposed to the concept of the “Five Elements of a Work Zone” and each of these elements are discussed in detail to understand what must be done to make them safe for motorists as well as workers. Attendees will learn how to design a safe work zone and they will learn about the newest technologies for work zone safety. The use of positive protection from crash worthy barriers, truck mounted attenuators, dynamic, variable message signs, average speed camera enforcement and flagger training will be among the topics discussed.

Course Outcomes

  • Understand that the road authority is responsible for the safety of its motorists in a work zone
  • Comprehend how to design a safe work zone for both motorists and workers by using best practices and state of the art technologies and concepts in each of the five work zone elements
  • Understand the current status of work zone safety
  • Learn how to use Work Zone Traffic Management Guide as well as the process to submit a traffic control plan for approval by the authorities
  • Learn about global best practices and state of the art technologies and concepts for work zone safety

From the Chairman

As the road industry’s most trusted brand in continuing education, the IRF provides road professionals with educational opportunities that are recognized worldwide by engineering and transportation societies. IRF’s Global Training Curriculum provides technical expertise in classroom and practical settings where attendees can learn from and have direct access to seasoned professionals. Each course is designed to assist attendees in learning to correctly apply the knowledge gained and provides the most relevant, up-to date information on best practices and technological solutions.

IRF Workshops are specifically developed to meet the needs of road professionals. Whether you are a representative of a highway agency, a member of a financing institution, consultant or contractor, IRF workshops will give you the necessary tools to deliver improvements to your organization.

As the IRF Chairman, I encourage you to make the most of these opportunities and help fulfill IRF’s vision of better roads for a better world.

H.E. Eng. Abdullah A. Al-Mogbel
IRF Chairman

International Road Federation
Michael G. Dreznes
Executive Vice President

Michael G. Dreznes assumed his current position of Executive Vice-President of the International Road Federation (IRF) in February of 2012. Dreznes has spent the last thirty years working to make the roads safer around the world. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading specialists on roadside safety promoting the concept of “Forgiving Roads,” and has conducted multiple road safety training seminars on roadside safety, work zone safety, vulnerable user safety and road safety audit in more than sixty countries around the world. Dreznes is the Co-Chairman of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) AFB20 (2) Roadside Safety SubCommittee on International Research Activities, Co-Chairman of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) Decade of Action Pillar 2: Safer Roads and Mobility Project Group, and a member of the PIARC Road Safety Technical Committee 3.2 Design and Operation of Safer Road Infrastructure. In January 2015, Dreznes was named the winner of the TRB AFB20 Roadside Safety Design Kenneth Stonex Lifetime Achievement Award.

Road Systems Inc.
David Reese
Product Manager

David Reese spent the last 39 years promoting the use of properly designed, tested, installed and maintained roadside and median safety hardware. He has an excellent reputation in the industry and extensive product knowledge as he has worked four of the leading companies in the highway safety market.
David has worked with all levels of state government to get new technologies/products approved and listed as usable highway hardware and included into DOT standards and specifications. He also has worked with all levels of FHWA Central and State Divisional Offices and with the Department of Transportation (Central office and all state offices) to promote highway safety.
As an active member of ASTTA and having served as Chapter President (Ohio) and Chairman of the Presidents Council, David has been an invited speaker at numerous trade shows, conferences and dinner meetings.
David currently is the Product Manager for Road Systems Inc.

Horizon Signal Technologies
Scott Heydt
Director of Marketing and Technical Training

Scott Heydt is the Director of Marketing and Technical Training for Horizon Signal Technologies, a Pennsylvania-based company specializing in Portable Traffic Signal Systems and traffic control solutions. Scott is involved with several industry associations, and also serves as Chair of NEMA’s Portable Traffic Signal technical committee, which works to develop standards for the traffic control industry.

IRF has negotiated special IRF Global Training Program attendee hotel rates with the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Alexandria-Old Town. Please contact the Holiday Inn & Suites Alexandria-Old Town to make your own room reservations:

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Alexandria - Old Town

Address: 625 First St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 548-6300

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A special room rate of US $109/night, Junior Suite rate of US $199 has been negotiated at the Holiday Inn and Suite, located just one block from the Training Institute.


July 9, 2018
July 12, 2018
IRF Global Training Institute
500 Montgomery St # 525, Alexandria, VA 22314
Alexandria, VA 22314 United States

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+1 703 535 1001
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US $2,500
Non IRF Members
US $3,500
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