Title page for ETD etd-0609103-112838


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Theodoulou, Gregoris
Author's Email Address gtheod1@lsu.edu
URN etd-0609103-112838
Title Contraflow Evacuation on the Westbound I-10 Out of the City of New Orleans
Degree Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E.)
Department Civil & Environmental Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Brian Wolshon Committee Chair
Chester Wilmot Committee Member
Sherif Ishak Committee Member
Keywords
  • reverse lanes
Date of Defense 2003-05-21
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
In this study, CORSIM 5.0 simulation model results were used to evaluate the effectiveness of the contraflow segment on westbound I-10 out of the City of New Orleans. The Louisiana State Police plan for the contraflow segment was used to construct the CORSIM network. Alternative plans were also developed in this study to compare the effectiveness of the contraflow operation.

With the use of CORSIM, traffic flow on the contraflow segment was determined based on the amount of evacuating vehicles leaving the exit nodes. In addition the time and speed to travel the contraflow segment was estimated.

The results showed that the use of contraflow lanes could increase the traffic flow significantly. In addition, from the comparison of the alternatives plans it was found that the plan that used multiple entry nodes in the segment had the largest traffic flow. This was because that plan used the available roadway more effectively.

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