Effectiveness of Work Zone Transportation Management Plan (TMP) Strategies

In 2010 there were 87,606 crashes in work zones. Between 2006 and 2010, an average of 761 people died and more than 37,000 people were injured each year as a result of motor vehicle crashes in work zones. During that same period an average of 114 highway construction workers died and more than 20,000 workers were injured in road construction work zones each year (FHWA’s Work Zone Safety and Mobility Program). Construction work zones on freeways are also estimated to account for nearly 24% of non-recurring delay. In order to reduce these crashes and delays, and their resulting negative effects on lives and the economy, a better understanding of work zone transportation management strategies is needed to inform project designs, traffic control plans, and transportation management plans (TMPs) that will (a) allow for the safe, effective, and economical maintenance of traffic through work zones; and (b) reduce or eliminate negative consequences to regional mobility and the economy. The objectives of this research are to (1) review current practice in work zone TMPs and the strategies used by state departments of transportation; (2) conduct a field evaluation of selected strategies; and (3) produce a guidebook to assist work zone practitioners on selecting the most effective and cost-efficient TMP strategies to implement in a particular construction setting.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $750000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 03-111

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Hartell, Ann

  • Performing Organizations:

    KLS Engineering

    45155 Research Place, Suite 200
    Ashburn, VA  United States  20147
  • Principal Investigators:

    Boodlal, Leverson

  • Start Date: 20140624
  • Expected Completion Date: 20191115
  • Actual Completion Date: 20191115
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37723

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01545245
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 03-111
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 26 2014 1:00AM