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Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering

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Abstract

VENTER, L  and  BESTER, C J. Delay and queue lengths at stop/go control during half-width construction. J. S. Afr. Inst. Civ. Eng. [online]. 2015, vol.57, n.4, pp. 2-11. ISSN 2309-8775.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2309-8775/2015/v57n4a1.

It is common practice in South Africa that road reseal projects, road reconstruction projects or road upgrade projects on two-lane, two-way roads are constructed in half-widths, resulting in a situation where traffic on the remaining roadway is reduced to one-way operation. There is currently no method for determining a suitable length of work zone for half-width construction based on traffic volumes, and also no method for determining waiting time for the vehicle in the front of the stationary queue at the STOP/GO control, and of the back-of-queue position at such a work zone. An Excel-based calculation sheet for determining the back-of-queue position and the maximum waiting time, was developed. This was used to develop design tables, graphs and equations that can be used by designers and contractors to estimate the back-of-queue position and maximum waiting time. Based on the conclusions of this paper and the fact that this project was largely based on literature studies of traffic conditions not related to work zones for half-width construction, the main recommendation of the study is that all the input parameters which were investigated need to be verified and calibrated specifically for work zones for half-width construction.

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