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Managing Travel for Planned Special Events: First National Conference Proceedings



Walt Dunn, Dunn Engineering Associates, P.C., Presiding

The Dutchess County Fair Traffic Plan

Henry DeVries
I-95 Corridor Coalition

Captain Henry DeVries discussed transportation management for the Dutchess County Fair in New York. He described the scope of the fair, the project goals, operation of the project, and future activities.

After Action Review of the North American International Auto Show

Mia Silver and Greg Krueger
Michigan Department of Transportation

Mia Silver and Greg Krueger discussed the special transportation elements associated with the 2004 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. They described the characteristics of the Auto Show, summarized the day-of-event operations, highlighted some of the lessons learned, and outlined future activities.


Traffic Control for Planned Special Events in Lenexa, Kansas

Deb Madsen
City of Lenexa, Kansas

Deb Madsen participated in the Technical Exchange Session. Her display highlighted traffic control for planned special events in Lenexa, KS. The major topics covered include communications, pre-event planning, pre-event traffic management, resources, day-of-event activities, and lessons learned.

Major Planned Special Events in New York City

Richard S. Pepe
Team Traffic

Richard Pepe participated in the Technical Exchange Session. His display presented information on planning for special events in New York City and day-of-event traffic management activities. Topics highlighted included pre-planning activities, coordination during an event, and applying 3-Dimensional (3-D) laser scanning technology to special event planning.


Ann Lorscheider, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Presiding

Analysis of Reversible Traffic Operations during Planned Events

Brian Wolshon
Louisiana State University

Brian Wolshon discussed the use of reversible lanes and roadways to help manage traffic operations with planned special events. He described recent research studies analyzing reversible traffic operations during special events and the use of reversible operations to manage traffic at Louisiana State University (LSU) football games.

Primary conclusions from the study indicate that despite widely held perceptions, there is little evidence to suggest that flow conditions are degraded by reversing lane flows. Observational evidence also suggests that drivers tend to use the reversed lane similar to a freeway passing lane until reversed flow is well established. Comparison to other locations and uses suggest that these findings are likely generalized.

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