Traffic Operations Concepts for South Dakota

This report summarizes research findings, conclusions and recommendations associated with the Development of Traffic Operations Center Concepts for South Dakota. The research objectives included the following: (1) Identify functionality needed to support traffic operations within South Dakota and in coordination with bordering states. (2) Assess traffic operations functions, systems, and processes currently employed or planned by state and local agencies in South Dakota. (3) Develop a strategic deployment plan – including descriptions of capabilities, identification of needed resources and infrastructure support, and estimates of costs and benefits – for establishing and maintaining traffic operations control functionality appropriate to South Dakota’s needs. The research team identified appropriate traffic operations functions based on input from stakeholders. Those functions provided the basis for the development of a traffic operations center (TOC) concept for South Dakota. The TOC concept includes a statewide TOC in Pierre and regional TOCs in Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Virtual TOC capabilities will be added to allow access to traffic operations functions by remote users and partner agencies. A strategic deployment plan and set of recommendations for improvements in traffic operations were developed by the research team. The deployment plan calls for traffic operations projects to be phased over a ten year period. Recommendations included the establishment of an organizational framework to support traffic operations, development of formal traffic operations plans and procedures, expansion of Intelligent Transportation System capabilities, deployment of the proposed TOC concept, and establishment of an annual budget for traffic operations. A key recommendation was to establish an interim TOC at the State Radio Dispatch Center in Pierre before the winter of 2006-2007. This recommendation was presented as a result of the need for greater collaboration between SDDOT and SDDPS during regional and statewide emergencies, such as the blizzard of November 2005.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Executive Summary
  • Features: Figures; Glossary; Tables;
  • Pagination: 17p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01044298
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SD2005-04-X
  • Contract Numbers: 310932
  • Created Date: Mar 12 2007 6:34PM