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Application of network traffic flow model to road maintenance

Yang, Chao; Remenyte-Prescott, Rasa; Andrews, John


Chao Yang

Professor of Infrastructure Asset Management


The study shows how the evolution of two-way traffic flows on a local highway network can be predicted over time using a network-level traffic flow model (NTFM) to model both urban and motorway road networks. After a brief review of the main principles of the NTFM and its associated sub-models, the paper describes how a maintenance worksite can be modelled using a roadwork-node sub-model and a network solution routine in the NTFM. In order to model the two-way traffic flow in the road network, an iterative simulation method is used to generate the evolution of dependent traffic flows and queues. The NTFM has been applied to model the traffic characteristics and the effects of maintenance activities on the local Loughborough–Nottingham highway network. The study has demonstrated that the methodology is useful in selecting various worksite arrangements in order to reduce the effects of maintenance on road users.


Yang, C., Remenyte-Prescott, R., & Andrews, J. (2015). Application of network traffic flow model to road maintenance. Proceedings of the ICE - Transport, 168(3),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 13, 2015
Online Publication Date Sep 2, 2015
Publication Date Jun 1, 2015
Deposit Date Jul 21, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jul 21, 2016
Journal Proceedings of the ICE - Transport
Print ISSN 0965-092X
Electronic ISSN 1751-7710
Publisher Thomas Telford
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 168
Issue 3
Keywords mathematical modelling ; roads & highways ; traffic engineering
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