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Investigation of Strategies for Emergency Evacuation on a Metropolitan Freeway Network in Mississippi

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experience

Duration: May ’08 – Apr ’09

IMTrans launched its Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experience (OURE) program with a call for applications in the spring of 2007. The objectives of the program are to:

  • Expand opportunities for a more active form of learning by students,
  • Encourage the interaction of undergraduate students with faculty,
  • Expand the level of research activity at Jackson State,
  • Help recruit superior students into our graduate program,
  • Demonstrate that teaching and research are compatible and mutually reinforcing.

The following research/education projects were approved for funding:

Investigation of Strategies for Emergency Evacuation on a Metropolitan Freeway Network in Mississippi

The specific activities of this study include:

  1. Review state of the art literature for strategies, technologies, and products that can be used in expeditious evacuation of large number of people in a disastrous incident
              a. Important lessons learned in New Orleans and Houston during hurricane
                  evacuations
              b. Literature and products of dynamic traffic assignment issues in an
                  emergency evacuation using highway network
              c. Traffic simulation models that are capable of solving traffic problems of
                  time varying-demands using static/dynamic traffic assignment
                  methodologies
  2. Verify the feasibility of applying DYNASMART-P model to simulate traffic characteristics in both normal and congested road conditions for the urban transportation system in the great Jackson area
             a. Become familiar with DYNASMART-P model in an intensive learning process
             b. Model and calibrate the study transportation network using DYNASMART-P
                 and routinely collected traffic volume,  speed, and density data at specific
                 locations,and zonal demands,and network mapping data available from
                 state  Department of Transportation (DOT) and state Metropolitan Planning
                 Organization (MPO)
  3. Develop and evaluate emergency evacuation strategies for large scale evacuation of people under emergency conditions in the great Jackson metropolitan area in Mississippi
            a. Develop emergency scenarios for selected network and prepare data inputs
                for DYNASMART-P model
            b. Develop alternative traffic control (transportation operations) strategies
                such as lane closure, and contra-flow lanes for emergency evacuation;
            c. Simulate and evaluate alternative strategies with DYNASMART-P
            d. Develop research findings and present in research report.

Students: Mr.Juan Lopez
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jackson State University.