Description: As a traffic engineer, you are assigned to evaluate the level of service of one intersection near George Mason University Fairfax campus. The intersection is of Braddock Rd and the Roberts Rd, and you can see the configuration of the intersection through Google Street Map (https://email@example.com,-77.3008148,16.25z). One of your colleagues went to the field and has collected the data using Jamar Counter (see Figure 2 at the end). The data is summarized in Figure 1 below. Each arrow represents a unique turning movement (left, through, and right) from each of the four approaches. For example, the south bound right has a traffic volume of 97 veh/h. Table 1 summarizes the current phase plan your colleague observed. It includes four phases (E/W Left, E/W Through, N/S Left, and N/S Through) labeled in different colors. Although this intersection is fully actuated and coordinated, for the practice, let us assume the current plan is a fixed time plan with four phases. Now, using this set of field data, you will first evaluate the level of service based on the current phase plan observed by your colleague, and then resign it based on the Optimal Cycle length. You will reevaluate the LOS under the new phase plan you design, and compare it with the existing phase plan. Figure 1: Traffic Data Collected at the Intersection. Table 1: Current Phase Plan for the Intersection of Braddock Rd and Robert Rd. Approach EB WB NB SB Lane group LT T/R LT T/R LT T/R LT T/R Effective Green (g) 12 133 12 133 15 34 15 34 Lost Time/phase 4 Total Lost Time 16 Cycle Length 210 Lab Tasks: Field Observation
Assuming all traffic are passenger vehicles and the driving population are commuters, convert the observed flow rate V into analysis flow rate v for different lane groups.
Following the procedure of the textbook, evaluate the LOS of this intersection using collected data. Assume the saturation rate is 1800 veh/h/lane for through and right turning lanes and 1750 veh/h/lane for left turning lanes (or the lane shared by the through and left turning movements). In this problem, we assume that there is no standing queue at the beginning of the red phase and all traffic can go through the intersection within one cycle. You may apply the formula on page 255 for calculating d1 and you also need to consider
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