VTTI seeks Participants for Nighttime Research on Interstate Lighting Safety in Bourbonnais


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Bourbonnais, IL – The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), is conducting a research study on interstate lighting safety. 

VTTI is seeking healthy adults aged 18 to 65 with normal vision to participate in the study in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

The study involves a remote intake session via Zoom and an experimental session in which participants will ride in the passenger seat of a vehicle traveling along Interstate 57. Participants will observe the roadway lighting at several interchanges along I-57 and provide their opinions of the lighting by completing questionnaires using a tablet computer. A trained experimenter will drive the vehicle and be present throughout the entirety of the session.

The experimental session is expected to take approximately one hour in the evening, while the intake session is expected to take between 15 to 25 minutes. 

This study has been officially approved by the Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board, and participants will receive compensation of $60 for full participation.

The purpose of the study is to determine the effectiveness of the roadway lighting along the interchanges of I-57, particularly at night. By gathering opinions from participants, researchers hope to identify areas where lighting can be improved to enhance safety for drivers and passengers.

To learn more and participate in the study, interested individuals can contact 540-231-2308 or VTTIStudy@vtti.vt.edu and reference the “High Mast” study in the message.


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