Lesson

Ensure initial and ongoing success of ITS deployments by providing sufficient start-up time, maintaining flexibility, and performing maintenance needs in-house.

New Mexico’s experience with planning, deployment and operating a work zone traffic and incident management system.


1/1/2004
Albuquerque,New Mexico,United States


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Lesson Learned

It is important for agencies deploying ITS resources to conduct necessary pre-implementation measures in order to ensure smooth system operations. In light of their experience deploying ITS at the Big I interchange rebuilding in Albuquerque, The New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department (NMSHTD) found a number of ways to help ensure operational efficiency of ITS resources.
  • Grant ample start up time when implementing new ITS technologies. Problems will arise, such as with sensor operation, communications (wireless or wireline), license applications, component calibration, hardware, or software. These issues will take time to address and need to be identified as soon as possible before going "live".
    • The mobile traffic monitoring and management system used by NMSHTD for the Big I interchange ITS deployment in Albuquerque was designed to be portable and use wireless communication. Wireless communication links were tested prior to the installation of field elements to ensure adequate bandwidth availability.
    • The complete mobile traffic monitoring and management system was brought on-line two weeks prior to the start of construction. This allowed for thorough pre-construction testing.
  • Maintain flexibility throughout the implementation process. The ability to remain flexible allows agencies the ability to quickly reconfigure system components on an as needed basis. Based on experiences during the Big I interchange ITS deployment in Albuquerque NMSHTD realized that:
    • ITS units deployed in the core of the work zone should be highly portable. Because work zone configurations are likely to change frequently, ITS units will need to be moved regularly.
    • When making changes to roadway geometry, allow time for drivers to learn the new traffic pattern before reporting problem spots to the contractor based on observations from the system's cameras.
  • Consider the future when planning and deploying a traveler information system. Because New Mexico's State Highway and Transportation Department planned for future use, the agency used a combination of equipment purchases and rentals for its project to rebuild the "Big I" interchange in Albuquerque. Once the project ended, NMSHTD was able to reuse the purchased equipment as part of a permanent freeway management system.
  • Perform maintenance needs in-house with some initial vendor assistance. This allows agencies to reduce costs by not having to rely solely on a vendor for maintenance support. While experience varies from project to project on the subject of in-house vs. contracted maintenance, in this instance, in-house maintenance was the appropriate selection.
    • For the Big I interchange NMSHTD coordinated extensively with the incident management community and obtained Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) assistance to help patrol the work zone area.
Before implementation of any ITS resource, deploying agencies need to conduct pre-planning that will ensure fluid operations throughout the life span of the system. From their experience deploying ITS at the Big I interchange rebuilding site NMSHTD found that allowing sufficient start up time is key, in order to work out any bugs in the system before full scale implementation. It is, as always, in the best interest of any agency deploying ITS to maintain an element of flexibility throughout the implementation process in order to be able to respond to dynamic conditions. Also of considerable importance is planning to have as much future maintenance done in-house as possible, this saved both time and money for NMSHTD.


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Source

Intelligent Transportation Systems in Work Zones: A Case Study - Work Zone Traffic and Incident Management System - Keeping Traffic Moving During Reconstruction of the Big I, a Major Interstate-Interstate Interchange in Albuquerque

Author: FHWA (Tracy Scriba, Tim Luttrell)

Published By: FHWA

Source Date: 1/1/2004

EDL Number: 13941

Other Reference Number: FHWA-OP-04-072

URL: http://ntl.bts.gov/lib//jpodocs/repts_te/13941.html

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Tracy Scriba
FHWA
202-366-0855
Tracy.Scriba@dot.gov

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Jane Lappin
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
617-494-3692
jane.lappin@volpe.dot.gov


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Application Areas

Intelligent Transportation Systems > Roadway Operations & Maintenance > Work Zone Management > Temporary Incident Management

Intelligent Transportation Systems > Freeway Management > Information Dissemination > Highway Advisory Radio

Intelligent Transportation Systems > Roadway Operations & Maintenance > Information Dissemination > Internet/Wireless/Phone

Intelligent Transportation Systems > Traffic Incident Management > Surveillance & Detection > Imaging/Video

Intelligent Transportation Systems > Traffic Incident Management > Information Dissemination > Dynamic Message Signs

Intelligent Transportation Systems > Freeway Management > Information Dissemination > Dynamic Message Signs

Intelligent Transportation Systems > Freeway Management > Surveillance > Traffic

Intelligent Transportation Systems > Traveler Information > En Route Information > Radio

Intelligent Transportation Systems > Traffic Incident Management > Mobilization & Response > Service Patrols

Intelligent Transportation Systems > Roadway Operations & Maintenance > Work Zone Management > Lane Control

Intelligent Transportation Systems > Traveler Information > En Route Information > Wireless

Intelligent Transportation Systems > Traffic Incident Management > Information Dissemination > Highway Advisory Radio

Intelligent Transportation Systems > Traveler Information > Pre-Trip Information > TV/Radio

Intelligent Transportation Systems > Traveler Information > Pre-Trip Information > Internet/Wireless

Intelligent Transportation Systems > Roadway Operations & Maintenance > Information Dissemination > Dynamic Message Signs

Intelligent Transportation Systems > Transportation Management Centers > Permanent TMCs > Freeway

States

New Mexico

Countries

United States

Keywords

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Lesson ID: 2005-00061