Work Zone Mobility and Safety Program

Work Zone Intelligent Transportation Systems Implementation Guide

Use of Technology and Data for Effective Work Zone Management

January 2014

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United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration

U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
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Publication #: FHWA-HOP-14-008

January 2014


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1. Report No.
2. Government Accession No. 3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle
Use of Technology and Data for Effective Work Zone Management: Work Zone ITS Implementation Guide

5. Report Date
January 2014
6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s)
Gerald Ullman (TTI); Jeremy Schroeder, Deepak Gopalakrishna (Battelle)
8. Performing Organization Report No.
9. Performing Organization Name and Address
505 King Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201

Texas A&M Transportation Institute
The Texas A&M University System
College Station, Texas 77843-3135
10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)
11. Contract or Grant No.
DTFH61-06-D-0007 / BA07-101
12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address
Federal Highway Administration
Office of Operations (HOP)
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20590
13. Type of Report and Period Covered
14. Sponsoring Agency Code
15. Supplementary Notes
Project performed in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.
Tracy Scriba, project lead
16. Abstract

ITS is the use of a broad range of communications-based information and electronics technologies to enhance transportation. Work zone ITS is the use of ITS to enhance transportation and improve safety and mobility in and around work zones. A work zone ITS deployment can be focused around safety or mobility, but often supports both goals, and can also enhance productivity. The systems are portable and temporary in most cases, although some deployments may use either existing fixed infrastructure or become a permanent system.

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on implementing ITS in work zones to assist public agencies, design and construction firms, and industry, including developers, manufacturers, distributors, packagers, and providers of devices, systems, and programs. Work zone ITS is one possible operational strategy of many potential solutions that an agency can include in a transportation management plan (TMP). This document summarizes key steps for successfully implementing ITS in work zones, using a systematic approach to provide a technical solution that accomplishes a specific set of clearly defined objectives. The document illustrates how a systems engineering process should be applied to determine the feasibility and design of work zone ITS for a given application, regardless of its scale, by walking through the key phases, from project concept through operation. These steps include assessment of needs; concept development and feasibility; detailed system planning and design; procurement; system deployment; and system operation, maintenance, and evaluation.

17. Key Words
Work zones, intelligent transportation systems, ITS
18. Distribution Statement
No restrictions. This document is available to the public.
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21. No. of Pages
22. Price
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