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Utilizing ITS to Reduce Truck Overturn Crashes Due to High Winds at Bordeaux, Wyoming Edward Offei Rhonda Young, PhD, PE.

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1 Utilizing ITS to Reduce Truck Overturn Crashes Due to High Winds at Bordeaux, Wyoming Edward Offei Rhonda Young, PhD, PE

2 Outline Background Project Location Data Sources Data Analysis High Wind Warning System

3 Background Wyoming is noted for frequent severe wind conditions especially at the southeastern part of the state. Many wind farms established due to the high wind conditions. Wind speeds reach 30 to 40 mph and wind gust speeds of 50 to 60 mph during the winter.

4 Background Wind direction effect is greatest if it is perpendicular to the road. High profile vehicles (empty or lightly loaded) are vulnerable to the high wind. Previous research have investigated how wind speeds correlated with truck safety.

5 Research Objectives Conduct field studies to provide an overview of the study location and chose the suitable locations for the installation of the monitoring equipment. Confirm the relation between high wind conditions and high risk of truck crashes. Determine appropriate threshold values for the high wind warning system. Analyze crash data to create baseline conditions to monitor the future effectiveness of the system. Develop final recommendations for the High Wind Warning System.

6 Locating the Study Area

7 Project Location

8 Data Sources Road Weather Information System (RWIS) Tower Two Wavetronix Speed Sensors 2 Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) Cameras attached to a 2 channel Pelco 4000 Digital Video Recorder

9 ITS Equipment RWIS TOWER

10 ITS Equipment Speed Sensor Cabinet

11 ITS Equipment HOBO Weather Station

12 CRASH VIDEO SNAPSHOTS

13 TRUCK CRASH FREQUENCY

14 TRUCK CRASHES THAT OCCURRED DURING 2008 – 2010 WINTER SEASONS IndexCrash KeyMilepostDateWind SpeedWind Gust SpeedWind Direction /5/ W /5/ SW /17/ W /27/ SW /31/ SW /31/ SW /31/ SW /5/ W /5/ W /21/ SW /6/ SW /6/ SW

15 TRUCK CRASHES THAT OCCURRED DURING 2008 – 2010 WINTER SEASONS IndexCrash KeyMilepostDateWind SpeedWind Gust SpeedWind Direction /6/ SW /8/ W /8/ W /8/ W /9/ NE /31/ SW /07/ E /10/ SW /12/ W /12/ SW /18/ SW /03/ SW /18/ N

16 Data Analysis  Multiple Logistic Regression Model Response Variable: Overturning Truck Crash, 1 is assigned for overturning and 0 otherwise Predictor Variables: All weather condition parameters  Modeling Methodology 95% confidence intervals All parameters included in initial model Parameters with p-value larger than 0.05 removed from model one at a time starting with largest p-value variable Filtering loop continue until all parameters have p-value < 0.05 Hosmer and Lemeshow goodness-of-fit test to determine how well the model fit the data

17 Data Analysis Multiple Logistic Regression Model Equation

18 Model Output Initial ModelFinal Model Predictor VariableEstimateP-valueEstimateP-value Intercept(β 0 ) Lighting Condition (β 1 ) Road Condition (β 2 ) Wind Speed(β 3 ) < Wind Gust(β 4 ) Wind Direction Binary(β 5 )

19 Wind Speed and Truck Overturning Relationship

20 Vehicle Speeds at Different Wind Conditions Vehicle TypeCategory Average Vehicle Speed (mph) Standard Deviation Cars Wind Speed <=10mph Wind Speed >=30mph Trucks Wind Speed <= 10mph Wind Speed >=30mph

21 RWIS vs. HOBO RWIS located near the top of an adjacent hillside. HOBO located 40 feet near the roadside. Positive difference indicate RWIS Data > HOBO Data. RWIS wind speeds higher than HOBO wind speeds. Difference increases as the wind speed increases.

22 Truck Weight Analysis Result

23 Crash Frequency vs. Wind Speed

24 Operational Levels Level 1: 30mph wind speed threshold was recommended for advisory warning messages on the DMS’s. Level 2: 40 mph wind speed threshold was determined for road closure to all high-profile, light-weight vehicles. Level 3: 45mph wind speed threshold was determined for road closure to all trucks.

25 High Wind Warning System  DMS signs (2 were installed adjacent to the corridor)  CB Wizard  Highway Advisory Radio (HAR)  511 Phone Service  Website (WYDOT)  Weigh-In-Motion (WIM)  Over Height Vehicle Detector (OHVD)

26 Edward Offei QUESTIONS


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