Work Zone Mobility and Safety Program

Traffic Analysis Toolbox Volume VIII:
Work Zone Modeling and Simulation - A Guide for Decision-Makers

Technical Report Documentation Page

1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Traffic Analysis Tools Volume VIII:
Work Zone Analysis - A Guide for Decision-Makers

5. Report Date

July 2008

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Matthew Hardy
Karl Wunderlich, Ph.D

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

600 Maryland Ave, SW
Suite 755
Washington, DC 20024

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.


12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Federal Highway Administration
Office of Operations
Room E86-205
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered


14. Sponsoring Agency Code

15. Supplementary Notes


16. Abstract

This document is intended to provide guidance to decision-makers at agencies and jurisdictions considering the role of analytical tools in work zone planning and management. It is often unclear what kind of analytical approach may be of most value, particularly in light of complex data requirements and staff training. The decision to create an analytical capability to support decision making can be a significant investment, and deserves careful consideration. In the end, work zone analysis should never be used to make key decisions but instead developed as a trusted resource for understanding the potential mobility impacts and using this information to inform key decisions.

This document serves as Volume VIII in the FHWA Traffic Analysis Toolbox. Preceding volumes in the toolbox include: Volume I: Traffic Analysis Tools Primer, Volume II: Decision Support Methodology for Selecting Traffic Analysis Tools, Volume III: Guidelines for Applying Traffic Microsimulation Modeling Software, Volume IV: Guidelines for Applying CORSIM Microsimulation Modeling Software, and Volume V: Traffic Analysis Tools Case Studies - Benefits and Best Practices.

17. Key Words

Work Zones, Modeling, Simulation, Traffic Analysis

18. Distribution Statement

No restriction. This document is available to the public from the sponsoring agency at the website

19. Security Classification (of this report)


20. Security Classification (of this page)


21. No of Pages


22. Price

Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72) Reproduction of completed page authorized.

previous | next
Office of Operations