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Traffic Analysis Toolbox Volume XII:
Work Zone Traffic Analysis – Applications and Decision Framework
Executive Summary

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U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Office of Operations (HOP)
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

Publication #: FHWA-HOP-12-029

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May 2012

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Defining Goals and Objectives

Determining Measures of Effectiveness (MOE)

Identifying Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) Alternatives

Conducting Fatal Flaw Analysis

Establishing an MOTAA and Decision Framework Process

Identifying Work Zone Traffic Analysis Tool Types

Selecting the Appropriate Traffic Analysis Tool

Identifying Key Considerations for Modeling Approach

Establishing Model Development and Application Process

Reconciling Inconsistencies and Conducting Sensitivity Analysis

Identifying Factors for Alternative Recommendation

Establishing an MOTAA Decision Framework

Referencing Checklists

Developing Analysis Report Structure

Case Studies


List of Figures

Figure 1: MOTAA and Decision Framework Flowchart

Figure 2: Work Zone Modeling Spectrum

Figure 3: Framework for Identifying Appropriate Modeling Tool for Work Zones

Figure 4: Typical Model Development and Application Process for Work Zone Analysis

Figure 5: Sample Analysis Report

List of Tables

Table 1: Capacity of Long-Term Work Zones (PCPHPL)

Table 2: Typical Parameters to Adjust for Work Zone Analysis in Microsimulation Software

Table 3: Decision Framework Methodologies

Table 4: Example Application of Simple Additive Weighing (SAW) Method

Table 5: Microscopic Simulation Model Development and Application – Checklist

Table 6: Work Zone Analysis Examples