AN EVALUATION OF A HIGHWAY ADVISORY RADIO SYSTEM IN REST AREAS, HIGHWAY I 94, CALHOUN, BERRIEN AND VAN BUREN COUNTIES, MICHIGAN. EXPERIMENTAL PROJECT REPORT

Highway advisory radio systems were installed in three rest areas in southwestern Michigan along Eastbound I 94 during the 1988 construction season. The purpose of the project was to inform drivers of highway construction ahead and to reduce traveler's frustrations when experiencing construction delays along the route. This was done by using radio broadcast messages to inform motorists of construction sites ahead, thereby allowing the traveler to alter the route and/or schedule or at least be aware of what delays lay ahead and be able to make an estimate as to how many minutes of delay might exist. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of the radio system, motorists were interviewed by Michigan Department of Transportation staff at the rest areas. Motorists indicated that they had seen the signs installed to introduce the system, but only 11% used the service. They thought the radio system would be a beneficial service and that broadcasting tourist information would also be useful. Since few motorists had used the system in 1988, the experimental advisory radio system was not used in 1989.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Michigan Department of Transportation

    State Transportation Building, 425 West Ottawa Street, P.O. Box 30050
    Lansing, MI  United States  48909

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • DeFrain, L
    • Joran, J
    • Harwood, F
  • Publication Date: 1991-4

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 17 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00615598
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Res Rept R-1309, Res Proj 88 TI-1293
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1991 12:00AM