Experience has shown that at traffic incident scenes, safety and operations can be improved if good on-site traffic management is used. Motorists lose about 750 million vehicle-hours per year while waiting for incidents to be removed, and over 2 million accidents per year occur on urban freeways alone. The overall research study developed methodology for identifying low-cost incident management systems for responding to freeway disturbances. Emphasis is placed on the development of pre-planned response techniques, candidate jurisdictional agreements, traffic operational procedures for incident sites, and overall improvement of freeway incident management. This report summarizes the field demonstration of several low-cost alternatives. Other reports from contract DOT-FH-11-8813 pertaining to "Alternative Surveillance Concepts and Methods for Freeway Incident Management" are: Vol. 1 RD-77-58 Executive Summary; Vol. 2 PB 279 497/AS RD-77-59 Planning and Trade-Off Analyses for Low-Cost Alternatives; Vol. 3 PB282 353/AS RD-77-60 Computational Example for Selecting Low-Cost Alternatives; Vol. 4 PB 279 498/AS RD-77-61 guidelines for Specific Low-Cost Alternatives; Vol. 5 PB 279 499/AS RD-77-62 Training Guide for On-Site Incident Management; Vol. 6 PB 384 781/AS RD-77-63 Delay, Time, and Queue Tables for Trade-Off Analyses. In addition to these reports, an interim report, FHWA-FD-76-111, was prepared entitled "Review of Current and Proposed Low-Cost Freeway Incident Management Systems." This report presented the state-of-the-art in freeway incident management as of May 1976. This report is available from the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22161 (Accession Number PB 259 077/AS). (FHWA)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Company

    1990 K Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20006

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Urbanek, G L
    • Colpitts, K
  • Publication Date: 1978-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 122 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00335952
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-78-129 Final Rpt., FCP 31C2-512
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FH-11-8813
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 22 1981 12:00AM