2014 New Castle County Intersection Operations Analysis:

The 2014 Intersection Operations Analysis is an outgrowth of the CMP process. It focuses upon the arterial roadway network and analyzes the current performance of the signals along all arterial roadways in New Castle County according to the FHWA’s functional classification system. The goal of the analysis is to:

  • Produce a regional delay/capacity analysis for signalized intersections along the arterial network.
  • Identify which intersections have reached a point of limited capacity available to function efficiently.
  • Prioritize intersections which need capital improvement, minor adjustments, or can still be addressed through signal timing efforts.

Monitor the status and timing of any capital improvements scheduled along with the implementation of Traffic Responsive Signalization (TRS) technology to the identified corridors. This document is to serve as a way to update the decision-makers and members of the public on the progress that is being made.

Map of 2014 Intersection
Prioritization (PDF)
1. Kirkwood Highway
2. US 202
3. Cleveland Avenue
4. SR 896
5. Old Baltimore Pike
6. SR 273
7. SR 72
8. US 40
9. SR 4
10. US 13
11. SR 141
12. SR 7

Traffic responsive Signalization:

Traffic Responsive Signalization(or TRS) is a method of signal management that uses advanced technology to adjust timing to meet the needs of the current traffic volume.  The signals used in this method optimize signal timing according to traffic volume in each direction.  Sensors are used to detect vehicular traffic in a certain direction at a particular point and an algorithm is used to predict when and where the traffic will be.  The signal controller utilizes these algorithms to adjust the length of green time to allow the maximum amount of vehicles through the intersection.  This method can react to fluctuating traffic volume in order to reduce congestion.

Through coordination with the DelDOT, TMC and WILMAPCO, an effort was made to use the performance measures developed through the corridor identification process to help the operations community to prioritize their efforts to address the corridors which are in need of installing traffic signal improvements, including retiming and/or installing TRS equipment. To view which corridors in New Castle County, please click on one of the links below:

2014 New Castle County Intersection Operations Analysis:

The main goal of the Wilmington Area Planning Council’s (WILMAPCO) Congestion Management System (CMS) report is a “systems” approach to identifying and addressing congestion in our region. With this approach, the existence of congestion in the transportation system can be seen in more of a regional (or national) context and it becomes apparent how slight changes at a specific location can impact the operation of the transportation system as a whole.

Entire 2012 CMS Summary (.PDF) 2014 New Castle County
Intersection Operations
Analysis (.PDF)

Interactive maps of Performance Measures and System Monitoring

Performance Measures System Monitoring/Congestion
Mitigation Strategies
 Travel Speed Level of Service
(AM Peak) (PM Peak)
Transit Route Usage Trends
Intersection Crash Rates  Park & Ride Facility Usage Trends
Intersection Level of Service  Traffic Trends
MDSHA Congestion Assessment  Truck Volume & Percentages
2012 Identified CMS Corridors  Bike/Ped Facilities along CMS Network
(KML File: Must have Google Earth Software)

 

 

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