Portland State University. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Electronic traffic controls -- Evaluation, Pedestrian facilities design, Traffic safety -- Oregon -- Portland, Pedestrians -- Oregon -- Portland
High-resolution data obtained from ASC/3 controllers can be used to create a variety of performance measures, helping engineers and professionals in monitoring intersection performance, identifying issues, and making proper improvements. These measures concern the intersection quality of the progression, capacity, and non-vehicular operations (e.g. pedestrian crossings). In this report, we explored high-resolution data obtained from the intersection of SE Division Street and 122nd Avenue. This intersection had some safety concerns as it is considered one of most dangerous intersections in Portland, Oregon. Thus, the first variable we examined from the data was pedestrian wait time when a cross request is made until pass indication is shown. It was found around 60% of pedestrians who crossed in an east-west direction experienced a delay of 30 seconds or more. Although there was more pedestrian demand from the south to west direction, 70% of these pedestrians received a 30 second delay or longer. Delay values determined from controller data in this report only refer to pedestrians who made a request/call to cross at a particular direction in each cycle. Additionally, an alternate means of calculating actual pedestrian delay was also addressed. The other part of the analysis regarded vehicle operations and signal indications. Green time, cycle length, green-to-cycle ratio, and vehicle count per each cycle were all explored. Furthermore, the quality of the progression of coordinated phases of the through vehicular movement on SE division was quantitatively examined using the proportion of vehicles that had arrived during green indication and Arrival Type (AT), and visually, using the Purdue Coordination Diagram (PCD). The results showed that quality of progression was in good standard. Finally, errors found in the data and the accuracy of the results were also addressed.
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Al-Abbas, Naowar, "Exploring High-Resolution Data Obtained from ASC/3 Controller of Intersection SE Division St & SE 122nd Ave, Portland, Oregon" (2018). Civil and Environmental Engineering Master's Project Reports. 39.