January 30, 2003 By Government Technology
"We are working closely with state and local officials to develop and carry out a comprehensive set of solutions designed to help reduce traffic congestion nationwide," said FHWA Administrator Mary Peters. "This includes providing them with valuable information that can help them manage traffic conditions in their areas."
The new Congestion and Traffic Web site is part of the FHWA's efforts to help state and local transportation agencies develop initiatives to reduce congestion through effective system management and operations strategies.
A section on program tools offers specific information on the most prevalent causes of traffic congestion: traffic incidents and work zones. About half of all traffic congestion is caused by these types of temporary disruptions, dramatically reducing the available capacity and reliability of the entire transportation system.
The FHWA developed the Web site in response to the need on the part of state and local partners for technical guidance and best practices. The new site consolidates all the information found about traffic congestion on FHWA's Web site onto one portal, linking to the various FHWA programs and services designed to help mitigate congestion.
It also links to specific state programs designed to manage congestion and to articles, research and other information related to traffic conditions.
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