Since the advent of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Technology, traffic management professionals have concentrated their efforts on permanent applications in highly congested corridors. While these efforts have been both substantial and rewarding, it is time to apply ITS technologies to a new forum; the construction work zone. In the last three decades, the construction work zone has undergone dramatic changes. From the construction of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Interstate System across long distances of undeveloped countryside to the reconstruction of that same system, usually under traffic, the work zone has become an important part of our transportation network. Perhaps the two most important user costs which exist in today's work zone are safety and efficiency. While statistics document that highways are improving in the area of safety, accident rates and fatalities in the work zone have remained relatively constant since 1980. Transportation efficiency can also suffer in work zones, causing countless hours of lost time. With these two reasons in mind, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has initiated the Advanced Portable Traffic Management System project.


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  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 402-411

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  • Accession Number: 00724758
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 1996 12:00AM