March 3rd, 2011
ANIMATED ROADWAYSOptimize Mobility, by Catherine Higgins.
Helpful animations let road users take a virtual look at new road features.
UDOT seeks to be innovative in finding solutions to reduce congestion. But along with innovation comes unfamiliarity, so traffic animations are used to inform the public about new configurations. That way, road users can get to know the new feature before construction is complete.
One great example of how an animation helped inform road users was UDOT’s 3500 South Continuous Flow Intersection. Since the CFI was Utah’s first, Public Information Managers used the animation in presentations to community groups and Drivers’ Education classes. When the first CFI opened, drivers seemed to understand its operation right away.
UDOT will debut two first-in-Utah, congestion-busting traffic solutions in 2011: The Reversible Lanes on 5400 South in Taylorsville and the Thru-Turn in Draper. If either of these locations are on one of your commonly driven routes, check out the animations below.
Advantages of animations:
- Better than just a diagram, animations let you see the roadway and observe traffic moving in real or close to real-time motion.
- Animations can be shared using social media or added to websites.
- Public Information Managers can use animations in presentations where audiences can see the project and ask questions.
- An animation can be a resource after the project for new drivers or a similar project in another location.