PROJECT NUMBER: 14-4
PROJECT TITLE: Optimizing Future Work Zones in New England for Safety and Mobility
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR(S) & UNIVERSITY(S): Yuanchang Xie, Nathan Gartner, and Chronis Stamatiadis University of Massachusetts Lowell
PROJECT OBJECTIVES: Given the aging infrastructure and the anticipated growing number of work zones in New England, it is of utmost importance to optimize their layouts to improve safety and to mitigate their impact on mobility. In this study, we propose to use the Transportation Research Board’s SHRP2 Naturalistic Driving Study (SNDS) data for investigating driver behavior in work zones under different traffic, lighting, and weather conditions. In addition, we propose to use data from the smart work zones (SWZs) in Massachusetts (and other New England states if available) to validate the findings obtained from the analysis of the SNDS data. Based on the analysis of the SNDS and SWZs data, improved work zone TTCPs will be developed.These TTCPs will be evaluated using an advanced driving simulator and a microscopic traffic simulation tool.
REPORTS/PAPERS PUBLISHED, PRESENTATIONS MADE RELATING TO THIS PROJECT FROM THE START OF THE PROJECT THROUGH MARCH 31, 2015: None thus far.
TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Chairperson William Ullom: Massachusetts Highway Department
Alternate Chairperson Kevin Chiang: Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Dana Hanks: Maine Department of Transportation
Nickie Hunter, P.E.: New Hampshire Department of Transportation
Michael W. LaLone: Connecticut Department of Transportation