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The traffic and behavioral effects of the I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapse

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  • Shanjiang Zhu
  • David Levinson

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  • Henry Liu
  • Kathleen Harder

    (Nexus (Networks, Economics, and Urban Systems) Research Group, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota)

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The collapse, on August 1, 2007, of the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, abruptly interrupted the usual route of about 140,000 daily vehicle trips and substantially disturbed the ßow pattern on the network. It took several weeks for the network to re-equilibrate, during which period, travelers continued to learn and adjust their travel decisions. A good understanding of this process is crucial for traffic management and designing mitigation schemes. A survey collected behavioral responses to the bridge collapse. Traffic data were also collected to understand the traffic conditions experienced by road users. Data from both resources are analyzed and compared. Findings of behavioral effects of capacity changes could have significant implications for travel demand modeling, especially of day-to-day travel demand

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Paper provided by University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group in its series Working Papers with number 201001.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Publication status: Published in Transportation Research part A 44(10), Dec 2010, pp. 771-784.
Handle: RePEc:nex:wpaper:i-35w-trb2009-sger

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Keywords: Minnesota; Minneapolis; I-35W bridge collapse; travel behavior; travel survey;

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  1. Shanjiang Zhu & David Levinson, 2009. "People don't use the shortest path," Working Papers 000059, University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group.
  2. Sevcíková, Hana & Raftery, Adrian E. & Waddell, Paul A., 2011. "Uncertain benefits: Application of Bayesian melding to the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 45(6), pages 540-553, July.
  3. Erik Jenelius & Lars-Göran Mattsson, 2011. "The impact of network density, travel and location patterns on regional road network vulnerability," ERSA conference papers ersa10p448, European Regional Science Association.
  4. Shanjiang Zhu & David Levinson & Henry Liu, 2009. "Measuring Winners and Losers from the new I-35W Mississippi River Bridge," Working Papers 000066, University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group.
  5. Jenelius, Erik & Mattsson, Lars-Göran, 2012. "Road network vulnerability analysis of area-covering disruptions: A grid-based approach with case study," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 46(5), pages 746-760.

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