Development of a Web Application for Traffic Accident Mapping and Analysis

It is widely accepted that road traffic safety is a significant public health issue. One of the effective ways to improve road traffic safety is analyzing crash data to understand where traffic accidents occur, identify associated spatial and temporal patterns, and determine causation. In the State of New Mexico, locations of traffic accidents are currently visualized using a variety of static maps. Although these statics maps are easier to create and producers can control how users view the data, users cannot customize these maps to meet their special needs. That being said, new maps need to be created for any update or modification. More importantly, these static maps are not able to visualize crash density information because users cannot zoom in or zoom out, and hence they cannot be used to identify any associated spatial and temporal patterns. Subsequently, it is challenging if not impossible for users to conduct additional analyses to determine the causes of traffic crashes in an efficient, effective, and accurate manner. To solve the problems inherent with the current static maps, this research project will focus on exploring the utility of dynamic and interactive web mapping and visualization techniques to visualize and analyze traffic crash data with the aim of helping transportation planners, engineers, and policymakers determine the causes of traffic crashes and identify high-crash locations and other associated spatial and temporal patterns, and ultimately, achieving improved safety, enhanced resiliency, and increased efficiency for road users. The project team consists of researchers from the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering and the Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC) at the University of New Mexico (UNM) along with two NMDOT divisions, including the Asset Management and Planning Division and the Traffic Safety Bureau. The foundation for this research is based on the principal investigators’ (PIs’) success in prior research on using various technologies in transportation infrastructure management and transportation safety.

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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $150000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Transportation Consortium of South-Central States (Tran-SET)

    Louisiana State University
    Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70803
  • Project Managers:

    Mousa, Momen

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

    MSC01 1070
    Albuquerque, New Mexico  United States  87131-0001
  • Principal Investigators:

    Bogus, Susan

  • Start Date: 20220401
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01844939
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Consortium of South-Central States (Tran-SET)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747106
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: May 9 2022 5:46AM