Given the aging infrastructure and the anticipated growing number of work zones in New England, it is of utmost importance to optimize their layouts to improve safety and to mitigate their impact on mobility. In this study, we propose to use the Transportation Research Board’s SHRP2 Naturalistic Driving Study (SNDS) data for investigating driver behavior in work zones under different traffic, lighting, and weather conditions. In addition, we propose to use data from the smart work zones (SWZs) in Massachusetts (and other New England states if available) to validate the findings obtained from the analysis of the SNDS data. Based on the analysis of the SNDS and SWZs data, improved work zone TTCPs will be developed.These TTCPs will be evaluated using an advanced driving simulator and a microscopic traffic simulation tool.
Technical Committee Members
- Kevin Chiang (Chairperson), Massachusetts Department of Transportation
- Dana Hanks, Maine Department of Transportation
- Nickie Hunter, P.E., New Hampshire Department of Transportation
- Brett Stoeffler, Connecticut Department of Transportation