Work Zone Mobility and Safety Program

Traffic Analysis Tools Volume IX: Work Zone Modeling and Simulation
A Guide for Analysts

Publication No.: FHWA-HOP-09-001

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March 2009

Table of Contents


Notice/Quality Assurance Statement

Techinical Report


1.0 Introduction

1.1 Transportation Modeling Approaches

1.2 Work Zone Analysis Decision Making

1.3 Case Studies

1.4 Document Organization

2.0 Work Zone Analysis Factors

2.1 Transportation Management Plan Strategies

2.2 Transportation Management Plan Strategies

2.3 Data

2.4 Agency Resources

2.5 Work Zone Performance Measures

3.0 Establishing a Strategic Methodology for Work Zone Analysis

3.1 Mono-Scale

3.2 Screening

3.3 Multi-Scale

4.0 Identifying a Transportation Modeling Approach for Work Zone Analysis

4.1 Deciding to Analyze or Not Analyze

4.2 Characterizing Case Studies by Transportation Modeling Approach

4.3 Developing a Transportation Modeling Approach

5.0 Summary and Synthesis

5.1 Key Points

5.2 Where Do I Go from Here?


Case Studies

List of Figures

Figure 1  Work Zone Modeling Spectrum

Figure 2  Work Zone Decision-Making Process

Figure 3  Work Zone Decision-Making Engine

Figure 4  Case Study Locations

Figure 5  Work Zone Analysis Factors

Figure 6  Isolated Network Form

Figure 7  Pipe Network Form

Figure 8  Grid Network Form

Figure 9  Work Zone Data Spectrum

Figure 10  Comprehensive Work Zone Analysis Methodologies

Figure 11  Analytical Work Zone Decision Framework

Figure 12  Analytical Work Zone Decision Framework—Case Studies

Figure 13  Analytical Work Zone Decision Framework—Modeling Approaches

Figure 14  Work Zone Decision-Making Engine Process

Figure 15  I-15 Pavement Reconstruction Analysis Area

Figure 16  I-15 Analysis Process

Figure 17  GTSR Rehabilitation Project

Figure 18  MDOT METSIM Geographic Coverage

Figure 19  Ambassador Gateway Bridge MOTSIM Network Overview

Figure 20  Reeves Street Intersection

Figure 21  Reeves Street Network Model

Figure 22  Construction Impact Modeling Methodology

Figure 23  Salt Lake Valley Area

Figure 24  VISUM Salt Lake Valley Network

Figure 25  User Delay

Figure 26  Travel Time

Figure 27  Congestion

Figure 28  Crash Rates

Figure 29  Synchro/SimTraffic Model of a Work Zone with Two-Way One-Lane Operation

Figure 30  Capacity vs Length for Two-Way One-Lane Flagging Operations

Figure 31  Structural failure on Daniel Webster Hoan Memorial Bridge, December 13, 2000

Figure 32  WisDOT Transportation Management Plan Development Process

Figure 33  Lane Closure Analysis Process

Figure 34  Analysis tools used for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Reconstruction Project

Figure 35  MD 210/I-295 Interchange Reconstruction

Figure 36  US 1 Interchange Traffic Switch Using CORSIM

Figure 37  MD 210 Girder Placement Using CLV

Figure 38  2006 Inner Loop Traffic Switch Using QuickZone

Figure 39  2006 Outer Loop Traffic Switch Using QuickZone

Figure 40  Yosemite Case Study Area

Figure 41  Yosemite Traffic Modeling Networks

Figure 42  2004 Hourly Demand Pattern By Day of Week (from HI-STAR)

Figure 43  Zion National Park Overview

Figure 44  Zion National Park South Visitors Entrance

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