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1 Capacity and Demand Lecture 16 CE 2710 Norman Garrick

2 Norman W. Garrick AADT versus Design Hour Volume Design Hour Volume Often reports from state level traffic count studies give average annual daily traffic (AADT) But we dont use AADT for design, we need to get a design hour that correspond to a relatively busy hour of the day The hour selected for design is referred to as the design hour What hour should be selected? Generally we select an hour that is any where from the 30 th to the 100 th busiest hour of the year As a very rough guide the typical design hour volume is can be taken as about 10% of the AADT. But this % varies significantly depending on the temporal variation in traffic. Once a design hour volume is determined then the designer must also determine the directional split at that hour

3 Norman W. Garrick Estimating Design Hour Volume from AADT

4 Demand and Capacity for Street and Highway Design Convention street and highway design is based on the idea of fitting capacity to demand Demand is characterized by a design hour volume Capacity is characterized by design hourly service volume Norman W. Garrick

5 Demand The design hour volume is meant to be the volume of traffic that will use the facility in the design hour, in the design direction, in the design year Usually the design hour is taken as the 30 busiest hour of the year DHV is often estimated from AADT Norman W. Garrick

6 Estimating Traffic in the Design Year In many projects, the DHV is based on traffic for 20 or 30 years in the future The procedure for doing this is some times derided as predict and provide because in many cases it is based just on predicting past trends Norman W. Garrick

7 Problems with Predict and Provide Predict and provide is problematic because expanding capacity affects future demand. Providing increase capacity lead to more traffic volumes in the future than we would otherwise have. Over the last 60 years this has lead to a self re-enforcing cycle of increasing traffic. But, recent trends suggest that this cycle might be at an end. Norman W. Garrick

8 Traffic Trends in USA Norman W. Garrick

9 Traffic Trends in Connecticut Route 195 Data Norman W. Garrick

10 Predict and Provide in an Era of Decreasing Traffic Decreasing or steady traffic volumes is one more reason to reject the concept of predict and provide Basing design decisions on a 20 or 30 year prediction of traffic volume is increasingly unacceptable Norman W. Garrick

11 Consequences of Decreasing Traffic traffic-turnpike-traffic-pennsylvania-turnpike-commission Before beginning a $2.5 billion project to widen the New Jersey Turnpike, turnpike officials said the construction was necessary to reduce existing congestion and to cope with future traffic. "Turnpike traffic is on the rise," the state Turnpike Authority said in its justification for the project. "By 2032 northbound traffic volume is expected to increase by nearly 68 percent [above 2005 levels]; southbound traffic is forecasted to increase by 92 percent. Now, one-third of the way through that 27-year forecast, turnpike traffic is actually about 10 percent lower than it was in man W. Garrick

12 Capacity How is the capacity of the Hoover Dam Determined? Norman W. Garrick

13 What is the Capacity of a Street? Norman W. Garrick

14 Understanding Capacity for Vehicle Travel The designer has flexibility in selecting a design capacity She does this by designating a Level of Service Once a LOS is determined then the design hourly service volume can be selected from a chart Norman W. Garrick Determining vehicle capacity on a street is not really like determining the amount of water in a measuring jar Capacity is not a fixed number – it is rather a number selected based on what level of congestion we are willing to put up with

15 LOS for Freeways LOS in urban areas is usually based on intersection flow Norman W. Garrick

16 Capacity and the Level of Service Norman W. Garrick What are the trade-offs involved in selecting a low LOS?

17 Capacity and the Level of Service Some cities now require that we design for LOS E or F to reduce inefficiency and the impact on the urban area of having large facilities Norman W. Garrick Selecting a low LOS means that you are designing for a low level of congestion during the busiest hour of the year That means the facility will be empty for most hours in the day

18 What is the Capacity of this Street? Norman W. Garrick

19 New View of Street Capacity In the past, Street Capacity = Design Hour Service Volume Now, Street Capacity = Social Capacity + Economic Capacity + Travel Capacity Norman W. Garrick By Ian Lockwood

20 Sample Calculation 1

21 Design Hour Volume Calculation A new urban street is estimated to have a ADT of 15,000 vehicles per day. The directional split is 60% to 40% in the peak direction. The distribution of traffic for each hour in the year is given below Solution: Use 30 th hour as design hour % of AADT in 30 th hour = 8.6% from graph Traffic flow in design hour in both direction = 0.086*15000 = 1290 Design Hour Volume in peak direction = 1290 * 0.6 = 774

22 Traffic Hourly Distribution Hour volume as % of ADT Number of Hours with traffic great than shown

23 Number of Lanes A new urban street is estimated to have a ADT of 20,000 vehicles per day. The directional split is 60% to 40% in the peak direction. Determine number of lanes at a Level of Service of E Solution: Design Hour Volume in peak direction = 1290 * 0.6 = 774 Estimated Capacity for Level of Service E (the Design Hour Service Volume) = 820 vehicles / hour / lane (from a chart) Number of lanes needed = DHV/DHSV = 0.97 Need one lane in each direction


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