June 13th, 2012
SHOW OF SUPPORTOptimize Mobility, by Catherine Higgins.
Big events can cause big traffic delay — not so this year at Hill AFB’s popular Utah Air Show.
Thousands of people pour into the base each hour to watch the show and take a close look at military air craft parked on runways during the two-day event. Traffic to and from the event has been sluggish in the past. Traffic flow was much better this year; UDOT worked closely with the Utah Highway Patrol, Layton City and base officials to iron out some difficulties that have occurred in the past.
UDOT signal engineers have successfully managed other special events such as the Stadium of Fire and BYU and University of Utah Football games. So this year, the UDOT Region One Signal Team offered their capabilities and resources to help with the air show and law enforcement and Air Force officials accepted.
UDOT Region One Signal Engineer Carrie Jacobson headed a team of signal engineers to plan ways to keep traffic moving. To prepare, the team met with base officials to identify routes to and from the event and the location of parking areas. The team paid special attention to places where traffic congestion has occurred in the past. Jacobsen’s team then developed some signal timing plans that would provide more green light time where needed.
During the event, the signal timing plans were put to work. Approximately 225 thousand people during both days. Engineers at the Traffic Operations Center observed traffic and on-site traffic engineers stood by at signal cabinets where they could fine-tune signal timing when traffic backed up.
The team’s effort earned high praise from the event organizers and law enforcement. Air Force officials were very pleased and awarded Jacobson’s team a ‘challenge coin’ for supporting the event.