Evaluation of Traffic Control Options in Work Zones Webinar


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STRIDE Webinar Series: Evaluation of Traffic Control Options in Work Zones Webinar
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Abstract:  In this webinar, we present findings from a STRIDE-sponsored research study that evaluated four alternative temporary traffic control options in work zones.The purpose of the research was to study alternative bottleneck merge control strategies with a potential to minimize congestion at interstates work zones and improve relevant construction practices.  We first introduce the current state-of-the-practice within State Departments of Transportation (DOTs). Next, we discuss the development and testing of temporary traffic control options in work zones and present the impacts of various work zone configurations and traffic control options on level-of-service, emissions, and travel time reliability. We also discuss a novel approach for performance-based work zone scheduling. This can be used as a decision-support tool by State DOTs and practitioners when choosing a traffic control strategy and time of day to setup work zones at interstate highways.

Cost:

FREE!  However, there will be a $25 charge, if you are interested in receiving 1 PDH.


Presenters:

Virginia Sisiopiku, Ph.D., Ossama Ramadan, Ph.D.


Dr. Virginia Sisiopiku is an Associate Professor in Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at UAB. She has over 25 years of expertise in traffic operations and safety, congestion monitoring and intelligent transportation systems. Since joining UAB in 2002, she has served as the Director of the UAB transportation program and the Transportation Engineering and Development Laboratory (TREND Lab). She also leads the collaboration between UAB and the STRIDE Regional University Transportation Center (UTC). Prior to joining UAB, Dr. Sisiopiku was an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University and a faculty member of the Traffic Safety and Operation Center of Excellence. She also served as an Adjunct Faculty at the Illinois Institute of Technology and as a consulting transportation engineer in Illinois, Michigan, Alabama, and Georgia. She is a Fellow of ITE and the founder and faculty advisor of the UAB ITE Student Chapter. More information about Dr. Sisiopiku can be found at http://www.uab.edu/engineering/trendlab/sisiopiku.


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Dr. Ossama Ramadan is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Credentialed Course Instructor at the UAB Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. from UAB, Master's from Carleton University (Canada), and Bachelor's from AASTMT (Egypt), all in Civil Engineering with emphasis on Transportation Engineering. He has 18 years of professional and academic experience in diverse settings (US, Canada, and Egypt). During his academic career with UAB, he contributed to 9 sponsored research projects; authored 22 publications and presentations; and was awarded 8 local and regional awards. Currently, his research focus concerns highway traffic operations and transportation modeling. Dr. Ramadan is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Additionally, he serves as a reviewer for the TRB Committee on Transportation Safety Management and the ASEE Civil Engineering Division. More information about Dr. Ramadan can be found at www.oeramadan.info