Characteristics of Traffic Flow on Freeways

by Jr. May,

Serial Information: Journal of the Highway Division, 1959, Vol. 85, Issue 4, Pg. 1-22

Document Type: Journal Paper


Traffic flow characteristics were studied on two high density controlled access facilities in Detroit, Mich; average speeds and volumes were recorded on per minute, per lane basis; paper presents traffic volume characteristics, speed characteristics, vehicle headway characteristics, and relationships of fundamental characteristics; it is concluded that traffic volume affects lane usage and that distribution of traffic volume between lanes follows definite pattern.

Subject Headings: Traffic flow | Traffic volume | Traffic speed | Highways and roads | Flow control | Flow distribution | Flow patterns | Density currents | Detroit | Michigan | United States

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