Connecticut I-95 Incident Management System

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by William H. McDonald, Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade &, Douglas, Inc, Boston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pacific Rim TransTech Conference—Volume II: International Ties, Management Systems, Propulsion Technology, Strategic Highway Research Program

Abstract: Strategies for minimizing the impact of freeway incidents on traffic flow/congestion are reffered to as 'incident management'. The incident management process involves the following: reducing the length of detection time of an incident; reducing the verification and response time; reducing the length of time for incidents to be cleared for capacity restoration; provide information and management instructions to the traveling public. The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) determined that Freeway Incident Management was a viable method to alleviate congestion on Connecticut's freeways. A state Task Force found that traffic volumes on Connecticut State Highways were outstripping the state's ability to accommodate them solely on new and expanded highways. In addition, the state's ability to construct new highways is limited by environmental and land use concerns. Therefore, ConnCOT decided to implement other strategies to reduce congestion and expedite the movement of traffic.

Subject Headings: Traffic accidents | Highways and roads | Systems management | Traffic congestion | Traffic signs | Traffic signals | Structural systems | Travel time | North America | Connecticut | United States

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