About the research
Access management is a process that manages access to land development while seeking to preserve the flow of traffic on the surrounding road system. Sound access management practices can lead to safer roads that provide better service to motorists. In 1996, the Iowa Department of Transportation established an Access Management Task Force as part of its Safety Management System development effort. The Task Force is working with the Center for Transportation Research and Education at Iowa State University and other researchers at the University of Northern Iowa to improve awareness of how access management can lead to safer, better functioning highways, roads, and streets in Iowa. The Task Force and Research Team are also investigating the effects that access management projects have on local business vitality.