The term "traffic incident" usually conjures dramatic
images of vehicle crashes, emergency vehicles and traffic
jams. However, ordinary roadway maintenance and construction
activities as well as special events such as baseball games,
lakefront festivals, parades and other large gatherings are also
traffic incidents that will disrupt the normal flow of
traffic. These planned events cause traffic congestion similar
to a crash blocking highway lanes.
The time, location and scope of a planned event or predictable
incident is known in advance, whereas a crash is an unpredictable or
unplanned incident. Impacts on the transportation system can
be anticipated and appropriate traffic incident management
strategies can be implemented prior to and during events to minimize
traffic congestion and related problems.
Informing the public of available travel options such as
public transit or alternate travel routes that may be used
during an event.
Operating temporary extra public transit service to help
alleviate traffic and parking congestion during an event.
Using remote parking areas, such as park and ride lots served
by shuttle buses, to help alleviate traffic and parking
congestion near an event.
Providing extra law enforcement personnel near an event to
assist travelers, direct traffic and clear disabled vehicles
Implementing special traffic control measures such as closing
freeway ramps, detouring traffic to special routes and adjusting
traffic signals to help move vehicles more safely and
efficiently during an event.
Operating the MONITOR freeway traffic management system to
support safe and efficient freeway travel during the event.