Traffic Signal Vehicle Detection, One Size Does Not Fit All

This study will identify and establish a methodology to determine the most effective and economical type of vehicle detection at a signalized intersection. Since certain types can be more or less efficient depending upon traffic needs, environment, and geometry of the intersection. For many years, Mississippi Department of Transportation's (MDOT’s) standard practice has been the use of inductive wire loops. The life of detection loops are closely tied to the pavement performance, such that as the pavement fails, inductive loops also begin to fail. MDOT has been seeking non-intrusive detection types to replace inductive wire loops. So far MDOT uses several non-intrusive types besides of wire loops traffic signal detectors; however, there is not a defined procedure on how to select the most efficient and cost effective type. The study will provide MDOT with a standardized method for vehicle detection selection, allowing its staff to become more proficient in their effort to improve traffic operations and highway safety.


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    • Status: Active
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Mississippi Department of Transportation

      401 North West Street, P.O. Box 1850
      Jackson, MS  United States  39215-1850
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Mississippi, University

      Department of Civil Engineering
      University, MS  United States  38677
    • Principal Investigators:

      Uddin, Waheed

    • Start Date: 20170120
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • Source Data: State Study 282

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01667583
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mississippi Department of Transportation
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Apr 27 2018 3:36PM