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Title: Hurricane Evacuation Route Analysis
Contact: Michael D. Fontaine
Associate Director for Safety, Operations, and Traffic Engineering
Project No.: 74111
Target Date: 01/15/2005
Abstract: Hurricane evacuation routes have been established to facilitate the movement of vehicles away from flood prone areas in Hampton Roads in the case of a hurricane. While significant effort has gone in to the establishment of routes and models have been developed to estimate the demand on each route, little work has been done to determine the traffic flow impacts of an evacuation. This study will use microscopic simulation modeling to determine the traffic flow impact of evacuations under various storm scenarios. Results from the analysis will be used to improve hurricane evacuation planning. Both “normal” roadway configurations and a lane reversal scenario will be considered.

     Catherine C. McGhee
     Matthew C. Grimes