Evaluation of Work Zone Software Programs: Phase 2 - Validation Using Field Data

In 2008, the University of Missouri evaluated several software programs for work zone traffic impact analysis and identified appropriate analytical tools for assessing traffic impacts at different types of work zones. This research was funded by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). Three software programs - QuickZone, VISSIM, and CA4PRS were evaluated, and a customized spreadsheet for Missouri conditions, Work Zone (WZ) Spreadsheet, was developed. WZ Spreadsheet produces queue length and delay estimates with minimum amount of input data. The current project is aimed at calibrating and validating the software programs using real world data. Performance measures such as queue length and delay obtained from the programs will be compared with the values observed in the field. The accuracy of results produced by each program will be quantified so that the users can attribute a level of confidence to the program's outputs. Thus the software programs will be calibrated to provide reliable and documented results so as to improve traffic operations and safety in work zones.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $14926.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Missouri, Columbia

    Columbia, MO  United States  65211
  • Principal Investigators:

    Sun, Carlos

    Edara, Praveen

  • Start Date: 20120601
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20131231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33540

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01483123
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mid-America Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC07
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 5 2013 1:01AM