Commuter Mobility versus Work-zone Safety: An Empirical Study using Data Mining of Anonymous User Generated Trip Information

The deterioration of the nation’s highway system through wear and tear necessitates periodic maintenance activities, which inevitably puts construction workers on work zones in close proximity with the traveling public. While the safety of workers and travelers is paramount in the context of the work zone, it must necessarily be balanced with the mobility of the traveler. Thus the goals of safety and mobility, which are often spoken of in the same breath when it comes to highway work zones, are often in conflict with each other. This research proposes to study the relationship and the tradeoffs between safety measures on highway work zones and the effect that they have on the mobility of the traveling public. Specifically, the travel times between two sections of the highway will be studied through the analysis of crowd sourced data collected from mapping services providers like Google Maps and Waze both before and after the introduction of a work zone. This will enable the quantification of delay that occurs as a result of the work zone, which can then be correlated with the different safety measures implemented on site. It is expected that this research will improve understanding of the safety-mobility balance on highway work zones and enable state agencies and contractors to optimize their safety plans without unduly burdening the traveling public.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $35000
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747110

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium

      University of Washington
      More Hall Room 112
      Seattle, WA  United States  98195-2700

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

      Oregon State University, Corvallis

      Department of Civil Engineering
      202 Apperson Hall
      Corvallis, OR  United States  97331-2302
    • Project Managers:

      Louis, Joseph

    • Performing Organizations:

      Oregon State University, Corvallis

      Department of Civil Engineering
      202 Apperson Hall
      Corvallis, OR  United States  97331-2302
    • Principal Investigators:

      Louis, Joseph

    • Start Date: 20180815
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190815
    • Actual Completion Date: 20190615
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01701475
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747110
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Apr 5 2019 3:40PM