Smart Monitoring and Warning System for Road/Lane(s) Closure for Connected and Non-connected Vehicles

Description: Emergency officials usually use physical barricades to close a road/lane(s) during emergencies. The barricades commonly used include concrete barriers, metal, cones, etc. The barricades, however, can be illegally removed by a perpetrator(s) with intentions to harm road users. These incidences where the barricades were illegally removed resulted in fatalities, injuries, and property damages. In many incidences reported, the emergency officials were unable to determine the time when barricades were removed from the location. This shows that non-smart barricades do not include redundancy in the design that would alert officials and warn road users of a road/lane(s) closure to prevent an impending danger even when the barricade is removed illegally by a perpetrator(s). This research intends to propose smart road/lane monitoring and warning systems that would warn road users and alert emergency officials of the impending danger even when the physical barricades have been removed illegally while the road/lane(s) closure is still effective. This smart monitoring and warning system will consider both connected and non-connected vehicles. Because of the increasing trend in the occurrences of climate-related events, there is a demand for this type of technology to save life and damage losses. Intellectual Merit: This project will conduct a comprehensive review of the literature on practices commonly used for road/lane(s) closure and summarize the key findings to identify the problems of the current non-smart barricades used for road/lane(s). Researchers will then propose smart road/lane closure monitoring and warning systems that support connected and non-connected vehicles to improve safety, and recommend the best road/lane(s) closure monitoring and warning systems to support connected and non-connected vehicles. Broader Impacts: The proposed smart road/lane(s) closure monitoring and warning systems are expected to significantly reduce traffic accidents resulting from illegal removal of road/lane(s) closure barricades. The smart system will provide a secondary system that can warn motorists of the impending hazard even when the physical barriers were removed intentionally before an accident occurs. Additionally, the smart system will alert responsible emergency agencies that the barrier has been illegally removed so that they take immediate action to protect all road users before an accident occurs.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $55657
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747117

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility

      Clemson University
      Clemson, SC  United States  29634

      South Carolina Department of Transportation

      955 Park Street
      P.O. Box 191
      Columbia, SC  United States  29202-0191

      Benedict College

      1600 Harden Street
      Columbia, South Carolina  United States  29204
    • Managing Organizations:

      South Carolina State University

      300 College Street NE
      Orangeburg, South Carolina  United States  29117
    • Project Managers:

      Mwakalonge, Judith

    • Performing Organizations:

      South Carolina State University

      300 College Street NE
      Orangeburg, South Carolina  United States  29117

      Benedict College

      1600 Harden Street
      Columbia, South Carolina  United States  29204
    • Principal Investigators:

      Mwakalonge, Judith

      Siuhi, Saidi

      Comert, Gurcan

    • Start Date: 20200915
    • Expected Completion Date: 20220916
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01838170
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747117
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Mar 4 2022 3:55PM