Clark School Research Predicts Drivers' Commutes

Clark School Research Predicts Drivers' Commutes

Clark School Research Predicts Drivers' Commutes

Civil and environmental engineering Professor Gang-Len Chang's Traffic and Safety Operations Lab is working with the state of Maryland to develop new technologies for estimating travel times on sections of some of the state's busiest highways.

Chang is collaborating with Maryland's State Highway Administration (SHA). Together, they have posted ten temporary roadside sensors that detect traffic speeds and volumes along a 20-mile segment of eastbound I-70 heading towards the beltway around Baltimore (I-695). As conditions change, estimated travel times are automatically updated on five portable message signs located along the route.

This technology is expected to provide motorists with accurate, timely information during daily trips and encourage alternate routes to bypass congestion along eastbound I-70.

The ultimate goal of the project is to expand similar technology to other locations across the state to provide the traveling public with accurate travel time estimates. The project along I-70 was selected due to the recurring daily congestion eastbound toward Baltimore.

The $310,000 project, which is jointly funded by SHA and the Federal Highway Administration, will be in place through late July. Upon completion of the pilot project, Prof. Chang's lab will analyze the data to measure its validity and usefulness to the traveling public.

June 14, 2006

Prev   Next

Current Headlines

Professor Pecht Visits the World’s Largest E-Waste Recycling Facility

UMD Online Engineering Graduate Program Ranks 18th Nationally

Duncan Named 2020 CMBE Rising Star

Fisher to Receive 2020 Society for Biomaterials Award

New International Fire Safety Consortium Launched to Address Most Urgent Global Challenges

NCC-PDI, MedTech Innovator Accepting Pitches for 2020 Competition

2019 Research Wrap-up: MSE at UMD Ranked 18th among U.S. Universities by Nature

'Super' Simulations Offer Fresh Insight Into Serotonin Receptors

News Resources

Return to Newsroom

Search News

Archived News

Events Resources

Events Calendar