Simulation Study of Emergency Evacuation of Greater Jackson due to Hazardous Material Incident

In response to both natural and man-made disasters, emergency evacuation aims to move a large disaster affected Volume through a multimodal transportation network towards safer areas quickly and efficiently. The derailment of a freight train in downtown Jackson thus causing the spillage of chlorine, a highly toxic hazardous material, is assumed as an emergency evacuation scenario to (1) identify weak links in the highway network; and to (2) develop effective emergency evacuation strategies to reduce congestion on highway networks. In this report the area that will be affected by the gas spill extends from Mill Street on the west to Airport Road on the east and Meadowbrook Road on the north to Fortification on the south. The traffic operation was simulated using a dynamic traffic assignment (DTA) based traffic-network planning and simulation program DynusT. The origin and destination (OD) demand was calibrated using observed traffic volume data at several critical evacuation routes. Various traffic management strategies such as baseline traffic control, traffic management strategies and contra-flow deployment were employed to reduce congestion on highways during emergency situations.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    RP 13-01

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Principal Investigators:

    Wang, Feng

  • Start Date: 20130701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39232

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  • Accession Number: 01556864
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Institute of Multimodal Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: RP 13-01
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 13 2015 1:00AM