Network Model Analysis of Traffic Patterns Resulting from a Proposed Regional Mall

by Stephen Lawe, Resource Systems Group, Norwich, United States,
Norman Marshall, Resource Systems Group, Norwich, United States,
Peter Ryner, Resource Systems Group, Norwich, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Site Impact Traffic Assessment: Problems and Solutions


A comparison was made between two methods of traffic impact analysis of a proposed regional shopping mall in Keene, New Hampshire. One study was prepared for the developer using conventional manual methods; the other was prepared for the City of Keene using a computer-based network model. The results differ so considerably that they support conflicting conclusions regarding the traffic impact of the proposed mall. Some of the differences are due to inherent dissimilarities in the two study methodologies. Others result from assumptions made in the analyses. It was concluded that network modeling offers important advantages over conventional methods for analyzing system-wide traffic effects of large developments.

Subject Headings: Traffic models | Traffic analysis | Computer models | Network analysis | Shopping centers | Traffic surveys | Traffic signals | Mathematical models | New Hampshire | United States

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