This paper describes the collection and use of 1.4 million travel time records that were collected over a 12-week period in 2009 to evaluate and communicate quantifiable travel mobility metrics for a rural interstate highway work zone along I-65 in northwestern Indiana. The effort involved the automated collection and processing of Bluetooth probe data from multiple field collection sites, communicating travel delay times to the motoring public, assessing driver diversion rates, and developing proposed metrics for a state transportation agency to evaluate work zone mobility performance. Collected travel time profiles were compared with traditionally measured hourly flows in both incident and nonincident conditions. Through the 12-week period over which work zone performance was measured, the work zone had 422 h of congested conditions in which travel time delay was greater than 10 min. Despite the display of real-time delay measurements to the motoring public through portable dynamic message signs, a negligible percentage of the travel probes were observed to divert in advance of the congested work zone through self-guidance. Implementation of a targeted alternate route starting the weekend of July 24 resulted in an increase of observed probes diverting along the trail-blazed route from none to more than 30%. The paper concludes by suggesting that acquisition of work zone travel time data provides a mechanism for assessing the relationship between crashes and work zone queuing. Real-time monitoring of these travel time data may also enable future contracts to include innovative travel time reliability clauses.
Publisher: Transportation Research Board
Publication Date: 2010
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Topics: Bluetooth Technology; Data Collection; Real Time Travel Information; Temporary Traffic Control; Traffic Delay; Traffic Queuing; Travel Time