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Analysis of scenarios using multi-class dynamic traffic management

In the fall of 2011 the reconstruction of the A15 from the Maasvlake to junction Vaanplein, also known as the MaVa project, has started. These construction works will last until 2015. This project is necessary to facilitate the increasing freight traffic from the current Maasvlakte and the 2nd Maasvlakte, which is now under construction. In this 4-year construction period the current traffic on the A15 will be hindered. This project will use user-class specific dynamic traffic management measures to reduce the economic damage these construction works will have.

To apply these dynamic traffic management measures in practice, either traffic management scenarios or model predictive control (MPC) can be used. Model predictive control applies control strategies by predicting the future traffic state based on the current traffic state using a traffic model, in this case the multi-class traffic model FASTLANE. The MPC controller calculates an
optimal control strategy for the future situation.

The traffic management measures from the traffic mangement centre of Rijkswaterstaat in Rhoon will be compared to a framework, in which MPC is used. During the analysis of the performance of this framework, special attention will be paid to the optimal prediction horizon.

Start date: March 19, 2012
End date: February 25, 2013

Research topic:
Traffic management

Research question:
How to limit the impact of large scale road maintenance?

Evaluating multi-class model predictive control