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Kerry Childress, PE, RSP1

Kerry is a Senior Transportation Engineer in Sanderson Stewart’s Community Transportation Studio.  As a safety-focused engineer with over 9 years of experience working for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Kerry understands that the roadway and engineering designs are only one component of roadway safety.  It is just as important to focus on the behavioral patterns of drivers.  Kerry focused her master’s degree in Transportation Engineering and Human Factors.  She spent much of her tenure at FHWA working with Governor’s Highway Safety offices and State DOT Safety Divisions to bridge the gap between the engineering/roadway dynamics and the behavioral/driver concerns.  She worked with FHWA as both a Division Office Safety Engineer and a Regional NHTSA liaison to help bring the engineering and behavioral aspects of safety into crash analysis.  Through the facilitation of the behavioral and engineering staff, she created state-based safety teams to approach crash reviews.  She encouraged data management systems to help incorporate the sharing of crash data among engineering, enforcement, and behavioralists.

This integration of human behavior and engineering analysis has led to multiple transportation safety improvements throughout the country.  A few of the projects Kerry has contributed her safety expertise to include:

  • Town of Estes Park Graves Avenue Safe Routes to School, Estes Park, Colorado
  • Town of Erie County Line Road Improvements, Eirie Colorado
  • West End Speed Zone Study, Yellowstone County, Montana
  • Town of Windsor Traffic Signal at Crossroads & New Liberty, Windsor, Colorado
  • West Babcock Street Pedestrian Crossing Study, Bozeman, Montana
  • City of Great Falls North Great Falls Sub Area Transportation Planning Study, Great Falls, Montana
  • Montana Department of Transportation Lockwood Interchange, Billings, Montana
  • Evaluation of Low-Cost Safety Measures Pooled Fund Study, 2003-2007, Washington, DC. Contracting Officer (FHWA), developed, promoted and managed project and data analysis.*
  • Roadway Safety Hardware Management Systems, Washington, DC (FHWA). Helped state DOTs to increase their use of state-of-the-art practices on roadway safety hardware asset management systems.*
  • Development of Automated Motorist Warning Systems for Wet Pavement Conditions, Florida Turnpike, Tallahassee, FL*
  • I-15 Design-Build Project (preparation for Olympics), Salt Lake City, Utah. Performed reviews on signage, markings, crash attenuators, and other design and construction details.*

*work prior to joining Sanderson Stewart.

Kerry’s publications include:

Perrillo, Kerry V. “Applying Current Advanced Technologies to Help Alleviate Frequent Truck Accidents.” Compendium: Graduate Student Papers on Advanced Surface Transportation Systems, Texas Transportation Institute, Report Number SWUTC/97/72840-00003-2, August 1997.

Perrillo, Kerry. “The Effectiveness and Use of Continuous Shoulder Rumble Strips.” Federal Highway Administration Report, Albany, New York, August 1998.

Perrillo, Kerry V. “The Effectiveness and Use of Speed Trailers on Low-Speed Urban Roadways.” Masters Thesis, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, December 1997.