Capacity for North Carolina Freeway Work ZonesAuthor/Presenter: Dixon, Karen K.; Hummer, Joseph E.; Lorscheider, Ann R.
Work zone capacity values for rural and urban freeways without continuous frontage roads were defined and determined. Data were collected using Nu-Metrics counters and classifiers at 24 work zones in North Carolina. The research included analysis of speed-flow behavior, evaluation of work zone sites based on lane configuration and site location, and determination of the location within the work zone where capacity is lowest. It was shown that the intensity of work activity and the type of study site (rural or urban) strongly affected work zone capacity. The data suggested that the location where capacity is reached is also variable based on the intensity of work. For heavy work in a two-lane to one-lane work zone configuration, the capacity values proposed at the active work area are approximately 1,200 vehicles per hour per lane for rural sites and 1,500 vehicles per hour per lane for urban sites. It is recommended that two distinct volumes be used when queue behavior in a freeway work zone is analyzed. The collapse from uninterrupted flow (designated work zone capacity) and the lower queue-discharge volume both should be considered.
Publisher: Transportation Research Board
Publication Date: 1996
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Publication Types: Reports, Papers, and Research Articles
Topics: Behavior; Rural Highways; Urban Highways; Work Zone Capacity; Work Zones