I-494 Future Improvement Evaluation with Two Traffic Simulators

Principal Investigator:

Panos Michalopoulos, Professor, Civil, Environmental and Geo-Engineering

Project Summary:

The objective of this project was to determine the feasibility of implementing microscopic simulation for the evaluation of future freeway improvements in the Twin Cities. Mn/DOT is currently using a microscopic simulator that does not cover all the necessary complex geometries and is cumbersome to use. In this project a sample analysis, based on a current Mn/DOT project, was conducted with two advanced microscopic simulators. The result is a first stage evaluation of the alternative solutions these newer simulators provide for the problems the old one cannot handle.


Project Details:

  • Start date: 01/2003
  • Project Status: Completed
  • Research Area: Transportation Safety and Traffic Flow
  • Topics: Data and modeling