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South Dakota Department of Transportation
Project Synopsis

Title: Development of Traffic Operations Center Concepts for South Dakota
Project Researcher: James Barbaresso,
Project Manager: Dave Huft
Research Period: 5/10/2005 - 5/31/2006
Cost: $89,993.00

Problem Statement:

The South Dakota Department of Transportation has deployed a number of rural Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in recent years, including its Statewide 511 Traveler Information Service and a network of thirty dynamic message signs along Interstate highways 29 and 90. SDDOT has also created a comprehensive Road Condition Reporting System to feed information about roadway conditions related to weather, construction and maintenance, and incidents and emergencies to 511, the media, law enforcement agencies, and web pages. These services are linked but are not yet coordinated through any formal traffic operations process.

As traffic increases in cities and throughout South Dakota, it becomes increasingly important for the public agencies not only to be aware of road conditions and incidents and to provide timely information to motorists, but also to provide prompt emergency response when needed. Many states and cities have established traffic operations centers-which generally coordinate highway operations and maintenance, public safety, and emergency response to traffic and other incidents-for this purpose. Metropolitan traffic operations centers typically employ large arrays of electronic information systems and require large numbers of staff to maintain and operate. South Dakota may not need such an elaborate and expensive center, but there is a clear need for incident response coordination and active traffic control, not only in heavily populated areas of the state, but also in rural areas and during large events, most notably the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Research is needed to assess South Dakotas current and emerging traffic operations needs and determine how they could be met most effectively, economically, and in a manner consistent with established roles of its public agencies.


Research Objectives:
1  Identify functionality needed to support traffic operations within South Dakota and in coordination with bordering states. Develop a strategic deployment plan-including descriptions of capabilities, identification of needed resources and infrastruct
2  Assess traffic operations functions, systems, and processes currently employed or planned by state and local agencies in South Dakota.
3  Develop a strategic deployment plan-including descriptions of capabilities, identification of needed resources and infrastructure support, and estimates of costs and benefits-for establishing and maintaining traffic operations control functionality a

Research Tasks:
1  Meet with the project's technical panel to review project scope and work plan.
2  Attend the National Highway Institute's Highway Incident Management workshop scheduled for presentation in South Dakota on May 9-13, 2005 to become familiar with the status of traffic operations in the state.
3  Prepare, and submit to project's technical panel for approval, materials suitable for use at stakeholder meetings, describing traffic operations concepts and methods.
4  Conduct meetings with public and private stakeholders in and adjacent to South Dakota to identify current and emerging traffic operations needs and potential benefits and to assess current processes, capabilities, problems, limitations, or duplicatio
5  Review other jurisdictions' traffic operations experience, plans, problems, and solutions applicable to South Dakota.
6  Submit to the project's technical panel a technical memorandum that summarizes the findings of Tasks 4 and 5 and suggests candidate traffic operations concepts that could be effectively applied throughout the state of South Dakota.
7  For traffic operations concepts deemed of interest by the project's technical panel, prepare and submit a technical memorandum fully describing each concept, along with resources needed, benefits and costs, institutional issues, and means for linking
8  Conduct meetings with public and private stakeholders and with the project's technical panel to obtain feedback on the traffic operations concepts developed in Task 7.
9  Based on feedback from stakeholders and the project's technical panel, prepare a comprehensive traffic operations deployment plan recommending: technology; institutional roles, responsibilities, and agreements; resource needs and costs; and, links to
10  Prepare a final report and executive summary of the research methodology, findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
11  Make an executive presentation to the SDDOT Research Review Board at the conclusion of the project.

Documents Available:
SD2005-04 Final_Report.pdf
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