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[NTC2014-SU-R-04] Design and Implementation of a Detection, Control, and Warning System (DCWS) for Dilemma Zone Applications

Dr. Gang-Len Chang
University of Maryland
Subject Area: 
Applied Research


When the traffic signal at a high speed intersection turns to yellow, motorists are faced with the critical decision to either stop or proceed through the intersection. In some instances, motorists find themselves in the dilemma zone, a region on the intersection approach where motorists can neither safely stop nor pass through an intersection before the minor road traffic is released. Recognizing that the dilemma zone is a serious safety issue at high speed intersections, many dilemma zone mitigation strategies have been developed and tested. One such strategy that has shown potential is a detection, control, and warning system (DCWS) (Zimmerman et al., 2012). However, those warning strategies may offer insufficient protection of dilemma zones at very high speed intersections (Chang et al., 2013) and field tests of such systems are yet to be conducted. With that in mind, the purpose of this research is to design, implement, and evaluate a dilemma zone protection system at a high speed rural intersection.