Research Reports

Improving Traffic Signal Operations for Integrated Corridor Management

Principal Investigator:

Henry Liu, Heng Hu

July 2013

Report no. MnDOT 2013-17

Projects: Improving Traffic Signal Operations for Integrated Corridor Management (ICM)

Topics: Congestion, Traffic Modeling and Data

The Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) approach has drawn increasingly more attention in recent years because it is believed to be a promising tool to mitigate urban traffic congestion. In this project, a maximum flow based control model was first developed to handle oversaturated traffic conditions at signalized arterials. Based on the arterial control model, an integrated control model was proposed to manage network congestion. Through diversion control, the model aims to fully utilize the available capacity along parallel routes. The impact of the diversion traffic is considered, especially for signalized arterials, so that traffic congestion on the diversion route can be reduced or eliminated by proper adjustment of signal timings. This model does not rely on time-dependent traffic demand as model inputs and it is ready to be implemented at typical parallel traffic corridors where the standard detection system is available. The performance of the proposed model was tested using microscopic traffic simulation in the I-394 and TH 55 corridor in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The results indicate that the proposed model can significantly reduce network congestion.

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