Making Work Zones Smarter: Data-Driven Decision Making

Join the NJDOT Bureau of Research on Thursday, April 11th for a lunchtime Tech Talk! event on “Making Work Zones Smarter: Data-Driven Decision Making.” The event will feature Dr. Thomas M. Brennan, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at The College of New Jersey. He will discuss his research on the use of probe vehicle speed data and how it can enable transportation agencies to use work zone performance metrics to evaluate queues and congestion, and indirectly measure the impacts of crash events on work zone congestion. Performance metrics can be used to systematically evaluate work zone policies and procedures and evaluate what practices worked and did not work, and to determine how to design future work zones. The presentation will demonstrate how probe vehicle data can be used to measure the before, during, and after transportation network impacts of a construction project.

Traditionally, work zones limit roadway capacity and increase the likelihood of queuing, leading to crashes within, and even before, a work zone. A smart work zone employs data-driven technologies to better manage the capacity and queuing to reduce the number of crashes, thereby improving safety conditions for roadway workers and improving the driving experience for travelers.

NJ PE and ACIP credits are available. The event is free to attend, please RSVP ahead of time to guarantee a seat as there is limited space in the training room:

Making Work Zones Smarter: Data-Driven Decision Making Registration.
Date: April 11, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Location:  NJDOT E&O Building
Training Room A
1035 Parkway Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08625

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