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1 Use of Traffic Incident Management in Intelligent Traffic Systems Mark Meints Emergency Program Specialist Nebraska Department of Roads

2 Intelligent Traffic Systems ITS technologies for traffic incident detection, verification, response, and communication are recognized as valuable tools by transportation professionals and are being used throughout the country.

3 ITS Benefits All Responders Including these first responders in the planning and development of a traffic incident management program, and maintaining consistent communication, will help ensure effective management of the traffic incident scene and cultivate multiagency ties, with the traveling public reaping the benefits of increased efficiency — and safety.

4 ITS Benefits All Responders Fire, rescue, and emergency medical services (EMS) have different priorities than transportation agencies when clearing an incident. Their first concern is the safety of the victims and motorists; getting traffic flowing again is secondary.

5 Traffic Incident Management Traffic Incident Management (TIM) is a systematic, planned, and coordinated effort to detect, respond to, and remove traffic incidents and restore traffic capacity as safely and quickly as possible. TIM involves the application of institutional, mechanical, and technical resources, including Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and offers a number of measurable benefits.

6 TIM Partners This coordinated process involves a number of public and private sector partners, including: Law Enforcement Fire and Rescue Emergency Medical Services Transportation Public Safety Communications Emergency Management Towing and Recovery Hazardous Materials Contactors Traffic Information Media

7 Results of TIM Effective TIM reduces the duration and impacts of traffic incidents and improves the safety of motorists, crash victims and emergency responders.

8 What is a Traffic Incident? A traffic incident is an emergency road user occurrence, a natural disaster, or other unplanned event that affects or impedes normal flow of traffic.

9 What are secondary crashes? Secondary crashes are unplanned incidents beginning with the time of detection of the primary incident where a collision occurs either within the incident scene or within the queue, including the opposite direction, resulting from the original incident.

10 Can this scene use TIM?

11 Managing Traffic Incidents — Lessons from Experience The following are a few lessons learned on how to plan, design, operate, and maintain traffic incident management programs from across the United States.

12 Traffic Incident Management Program Development Develop a combined strategy and implementation plan for coordinated arterial signal control during incidents. Cultivate relationships among transportation, law enforcement, fire, and rescue agencies when developing a coordinated, multiagency, traffic incident management program. Consider co-locating multiple agencies in a transportation management center.

13 Incident Detection, Verification, and Response Provide a combination of detection methods to detect incidents effectively and rapidly. Establish common incident location identifiers. Provide training to dispatchers to elicit useful information about the incident from motorists. Provide joint training among incident response agencies to improve response times and site management.

14 Incident Clearance and Evaluation Consider a service patrol to reduce incident clearance times. Provide consistent, high-quality information about incidents to influence traveler behavior. Conduct post-incident debriefings.

15 From Lessons Learned The following are projects from lessons learned the we do in Nebraska.

16 NDOR Traffic Management Roadway Sensors CCTV Cameras Snapshot Cameras Overhead Dynamic Message Signs Portable Dynamic Message Signs Weather Information Stations

17 Roadway Sensors Monitor Traffic Speed Used to Compute Travel Time Collect Volume/Classification Data For Traffic Engineering Studies

18 Roadway Sensors

19 CCTV Cameras Snapshot Cameras 12 on rural Interstate 21 in the Omaha area 7 in the Lincoln area Monitor Traffic Conditions Monitor Roadway Conditions (Rural) Confirm Incidents/Congestion

20 CCTV Cameras Snapshot Cameras

21 Overhead Dynamic Message Signs Portable Dynamic Message Signs Communicate Travel and Roadway Conditions to Drivers Amber Alerts

22 Overhead Message Boards

23 Portable Message Boards

24 Weather Information Stations 60 across the state Measure Wind Speed & Direction Measure Air & Pavement Temperature Detect Precipitation & Type

25 Weather Information Stations

26 NDOR Advanced Traveler Information System 511 road conditions Web cams

27 511 System Nebraska’s statewide 511system provides 24X7 service, including weather, construction and lane blocking events to the motorists using our rural highways. Most of the lane mileage in every state is in rural areas. In Nebraska, we have 10,000-miles of state highways covering 77,000 square miles.

28 NDOR District 2 Operations Center Co-located with NSP Troop A Dispatch 71 miles of freeways 30 CCTV cameras 17 message boards 30 portable message boards 46 detection stations 5 Road Weather Information Stations 2 ramp gate

29 Nebraska State Patrol Motorist Assist Program Nicknamed "Highway Angels" by grateful motorists, the Nebraska State Patrol Motorist Assist Program patrols more than 200 miles of Interstate 80 from Omaha to Kearney, providing support to motorists in what is often a very stressful time.

30 Move Over Law and Driver Removal Law

31 Nebraska TIM Train the Trainer Responder Training Implementation Plan Purpose: This implementation plan establishes a framework to guide and document TIM training activities in Nebraska.

32 Nebraska TIM Train the Trainer Responder Training Implementation Plan Background: In connection with the second Strategic Highway Research Program and the second Every Day Counts initiative, the Federal Highway Administration is implementing a nationally consistent program of TIM responder training. Training of traffic incident responders is vital for achieving the National Unified Goal for TIM. Important aspects of TIM addressed by this goal include responder safety; quick clearance; and prompt, reliable and interoperable incident communications.

33 Partner Agencies and Organizations Responder training will be geographically-structured around the eight NDOR Districts. Potential partner agencies and organizations include: NDOR Operations NDOR Traffic Engineering NDOR Districts 1-8 Offices Nebraska LTAP Center NHHS – EMS/Trauma Nebraska State Patrol Headquarters and Troop Areas A-E Offices Nebraska Fire Marshal’s Office FHWA Nebraska Division Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center and Fire School Local public agencies (emergency management, police, fire and EMS)

34 Train the Trainer Course The course was completed in Lincoln on March 26 and 27,2014 12 hours of training 41 trainers completed the course

35 TIM Training Goals Within one month of completing the TIM TtT course, TIM instructors will brief their agencies on the TIM materials and resources available. Within five days of completing a TIM responder training course, each instructor will submit a report on the training to the SHRP2 TIM Training SharePoint site. TIM instructors will complete a minimum of four 4- hour training sessions within 12 months of completing the initial TtT course.

36 Benefits Saving Lives. Better training leads to faster incident response and clearance. This means fewer secondary crashes result from the original incident and less exposure to moving traffic while the incident is resolved. Saving Money. Efficient response also saves money. Saving Time. Well-trained responders can cut clearance time in half, decreasing delays caused by incident-related congestion.

37 In Conclusion TIM training helps improve traffic incident response. Better incident response improves the safety of responders and drivers, reduces crashes that occur because of incident-related congestion, decreases traffic delays caused by incidents, and can cut incident response time in half.

38 Questions or Comments Mark Meints Nebraska Department of Roads Emergency Program Specialist 402-479-3878

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