A comparative study of 5 signal timing control methods indicated that the most efficient method of signal control is the micrioprocessor which would allow an intersection to operate under actuated control during certain periods of the day and under predetermined timing patterns during other periods. The 5 signal timing methods considered were: Traffic Engineering Method, FHWA Design Manual Method, Fully Actuated Operation Method, Microprocessor with lagging Left-Turn Method, and Microprocessor with Leading Left-Turn Method. The "before" and "after" evaluation of these methods was made by pairing them in a series of six comparisons using time-lapse photography to supply vehicle data. The site selected for application of these comparisons was the Diamond Interchange of Interstate 95 Golfair Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida. The study procedure is appropriate for signal timing studies made at: a diamond interchange, other interchange configurations with a ramp terminal and nearby signalized intersections, and a 2-way major street intersected by one or more one-way street pairs.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Highway Administration

    Engineering Research and Development Bureau, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Harland Bartholomew and Assoc.

    Memphis, Tennessee
    ,   United States 
  • Authors:
    • Guyton, J W
    • Yarbrough, J W
    • Arey, J M
  • Publication Date: 1978-4

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 185 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00183685
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TS-78-206 & 207, HS-023 187
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 12 1989 12:00AM