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Traffic Management for Planned Special Events

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The Planned Special Events Program provides handbooks, training and checklists to help practitioners as they develop plans using the advance information regarding the

  • Advanced planning and coordination to develop and deploy the operational strategies, traffic control plans, protocols, procedures, and technologies needed to control traffic and share real-time information with other stakeholders on the day of the event.
  • Location, time, duration, and demand expected for a planned special event. Public agencies can exploit this advanced information to minimize the effect these events may have on the general public, motorists, public agencies, and others service providers.
  • Way communities can enhance their image by providing a safe, efficient, and convenient environment for those who travel to and from an event, while at the same time minimizing any congestion-related impacts it may have on other motorists.
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National Special Security Events: Transportation Planning for Planned Special Events

This document provides a transportation overview of National Special Security Event (NSSE)s. As part of the transportation perspective, the document includes lessons learned from previous NSSEs, two transportation-focused case studies of two recent NSSEs, a checklist to assist transportation practitioners as they prepare for and execute an NSSE, a playbook that identifies key transportation activities for an NSSE, an NSSE fact sheet, a template as an aid to provide information about an NSSE to appropriate groups in both the planning and implementation phases of these events, and a resource directory. The primary audiences for this document are state departments of transportation (DOTs) and local transportation, public works, and law enforcement agencies responsible for planning and executing transportation for NSSEs.

  • Report Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-11-012 (HTML, PDF 2.8MB)

Routes to Effective Evacuation Planning Primer Series

  • Using Highways during Evacuation Operations for Events with Advance Notice (HTML, PDF 3MB)
  • Using Highways for No-Notice Evacuations (HTML, PDF 20MB)
  • Evacuating Populations with Special Needs (HTML, PDF 20MB)

For a listing of Traffic Management For Planned Special Events publications, please visit the Office Of Operations' Publications Web page.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Paul Jodoin
Office of Operations, Federal Highway Administration
Department of Transportation

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