Successful Incident Management on a Major Reconstruction Project

Charles, Phil and Higgins, Robert (2002). Successful Incident Management on a Major Reconstruction Project. In: Transportation Research Board (US) 81st Annual Meeting. 81st Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board, Washington DC, USA, (1-13). 13-17 January, 2002.

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Author Charles, Phil
Higgins, Robert
Title of paper Successful Incident Management on a Major Reconstruction Project
Conference name 81st Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board
Conference location Washington DC, USA
Conference dates 13-17 January, 2002
Proceedings title Transportation Research Board (US) 81st Annual Meeting
Place of Publication Washington DC USA
Publisher Transportation Research Board (US) (Conference Proceedings C)
Publication Year 2002
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Reconstruction of high traffic roads presents considerable challenges to minimizing delays due to traffic incidents. The Pacific Motorway Project was a fast-track reconstruction of 43 km of one of the most heavily trafficked inter-urban routes in Australia, carrying up to 90,000 vehicles per day between Brisbane and the Gold Coast in South East Queensland. Reconstruction by the State Department of Main Roads involved upgrading from four to eight lanes, under traffic and along an existing corridor. Keeping traffic flowing route was a priority, and key objectives during the construction and operation phases (with sections progressively opened to traffic) were to ensure smooth traffic flow, minimizing impact on road users; to ensure the Motorway operated safely; and, to limit project cost, balancing design and construction with the operation of the existing roadway, to reduce costs, traffic delays and safety risks to acceptable levels. While these objectives are at times in tension, they were able to be satisfactorily achieved through a range of incident management initiatives, including setting clear objectives and performance standards, building good working partnerships, application of appropriate cost-effective technology and well thought out communication strategies. Successful incident management during the project meant that delays were minimized and response times to traffic incidents substantially reduced. This paper focuses on institutional issues and outlines the experience in keeping traffic flowing during a major road reconstruction project, in particular the incident management techniques implemented and the results and lessons learned in managing the impact on traffic.
Subjects 290803 Transport Engineering
690100 Ground Transport
Keyword incident management
intelligent transport systems
institutional issues
Q-Index Code EX
Additional Notes Published in proceedings (CDROM)

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