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Freeway work zone capacity: empirical research on work zone capacity in the Netherlands

Homan, Thijs C. (2012) Freeway work zone capacity: empirical research on work zone capacity in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:People in the Netherlands are constantly on the move and this will grow in the following years. Between 2005 and 2020, the transport of people will increase by 20% and the increase of the transport of goods will be even higher, between 40% and 80% according to the Nota Mobiliteit (Ministerie van Verkeer & Waterstaat, 2006). To cope with this growth in mobility, the infrastructure in the Netherlands is being improved constantly. The necessary adjustments on the existing road network have an impact on the traffic flow and cause hindrance for road users, because the capacity of that road section is reduced during the road works. Freeway work zones have a significant impact on the congestion and traffic queue delays on freeways,thus knowledge about freeway work zone capacity is essential for traffic planners. There is a lack of empirical research on the effect of freeway work zones on the capacity of a freewayin the Netherlands. This research paper tries to fill this gap by researching the capacity of freeway work zones and the conditions that affect this capacity in real situations in the Netherlands. The goal of this research is as follows: The main goal of this research is to develop more knowledge about the capacity at freeway work zones in the Netherlands by gaining insight in the capacity of different freeway work zone lay-outs and how differences in capacity between work zones can be explained.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:55 traffic technology, transport technology
Programme:Civil Engineering and Management MSc (60026)
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