COST EFFECTIVE INVESTMENT STRATEGIES FOR INCIDENT MANAGEMENT ON A SECTION OF THE MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE

Procedures employed by the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority to manage incidents occurring on the Turnpike were analyzed. Modifications to these procedures designed to reduce the average time required to identify and confirm the occurrence of an incident, clear the incident, and reestablish normal traffic flow were evaluated for a section of the Turnpike between interchanges 9 and 12. Four alternatives were evaluated in terms of the cost of each over a ten year period and the value of the travel time that would be saved if each was adopted. The four alternatives were: 1) add additional police patrols; 2) install loop detectors at one third of a mile intervals; 3) install loop detectors at one third of a mile and thirteen closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras at known trouble spots; and 4) install loop detectors at one third of a mile and CCTV cameras at one half mile intervals. Benefits exceeded costs for all but the additional patrol alternative at discount rates of both 6 and 8 percent.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, Region I Univ. Transportation Center. Sponsored by Department of Transportation, Washington, DC, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    130 Natural Resources Road
    Amherst, MA  United States  01003

    Department of Transportation

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Shuldiner, R W
  • Publication Date: 1993-7

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 174 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00667266
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 4 1994 12:00AM