Simulation and Analysis of the Variable Speed Limit Controls on Highway Maintenance
Despite of the fact that the traffic control zone for maintenance work (work zone) has been recognized as one of major priorities to guarantee the traffic safety, only one conventional posted speed limit (PSL) strategy is applied into the organization and management. This article presents the strategy of the variable speed limit (VSL) on highway work zones that brings about gradual deceleration and low speed variance. To evaluate the safety of the proposed VSL strategy, this study uses the microscopic simulation software VISSM to estimate the traffic flow and adopt transversal and longitudinal coefficients of safety (MSDE and cv) to compare the different speed limit strategies. The results of simulation and analysis confirm that VSL yield a substantial decrease the traffic turbulence caused by speed limit and increase the traffic safety throughout work zones.
B. Y. Shi et al., "Simulation and Analysis of the Variable Speed Limit Controls on Highway Maintenance", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 97-98, pp. 435-439, 2011