Elise Miller-Hooks

User Friendly Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Program Benefit-Cost Estimation Tool

Project 44


Incidents on highways can lead to immense costs in time, emissions, and infrastructure damages. The amount of costs suffered by an incident is related to many things, such as the magnitude of road or lane closures and the amount of time it takes responders to arrive. Various traffic incident management (TIM) strategies have been developed in the United States to manage traffic incidents. The main objectives of TIM strategies are to ensure safety on the roadway and to efficiently clean up the incident to resume traffic operations on the roadway. It is important to evaluate the benefits and costs of each TIM strategy to effectively compare the strategies and then determine the most effective one. Various tools and estimations have been created to estimate benefit-cost (BC) ratios of TIM strategies, but these tools and estimations are inconsistent. This joint project with Leidos (formerly SAIC) will develop a Traffic Incident Management-Benefit-Cost (TIM-BC) Tool, including B/C estimation components associated with a variety of TIM strategies, including service patrol programs, among others, to serve this purpose.

Award Period:
2013 - 2015
Source of Funding:
Federal Highway Administration
Total Award Amount:
$157,956 (UMD portion)

Project 44


Elise Miller-Hooks, Ph.D.
Bill & Eleanor Hazel Chair in Infrastructure Engineering

Phone: 703.993.1685
Email: miller@gmu.edu

Office: 4614 Nguyen Engineering Building

Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 6C1
Fairfax, VA 22030


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