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60019-4 Report Abstract

Congress Avenue Regional Arterial Study: Long Term Improvement Schemes and Capacity Analysis

Cheng-Chen Kou and Randy B. Machemehl, University of Texas at Austin, March 1995, 58 pp.

Due to social, political, environmental, and economic factors, solving urban traffic congestion through freeway construction is not likely. Development of a new arterial street class, called regional arterial, or super street, as a means of increasing urban network capacity and reducing congestion, is a feasible alternative. A long term staged improvement program for an arterial street, Congress Avenue, in Austin, Texas is presented. Based upon anticipated future traffic growth along the IH36 corridor, time lines for Congress Avenue improvements are developed. The effectiveness of the arterial in maintaining desirable travel speeds and diverting freeway traffic is evaluated.

Keywords: Arterial, Super Street, Congestion, Travel Route, Capacity Analysis, Flow Rate, Isolated Signalized Intersection, Peak Periods, Level of Service (LOS)

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