Principles of Highway Engineering and Traffic Analysis, 6th Edition
September 2016, ©2017
The best-selling, newly updated Principles of Highway Engineering and Traffic Analysis, 6th Edition provides the depth of coverage necessary to solve the highway-related problems that are most likely to be encountered in engineering practice. The focus on highway transportation is appropriate in light of the dominance of the highway mode in the U.S. and available employment opportunities. Instructors can be confident their students are learning the fundamentals needed to undertake upper-level transportation courses, enter transportation employment with a basic knowledge of highway and traffic engineering, and answer transportation-related questions on the Fundamentals of Civil Engineering and Professional Engineering exams.
Chapter 1 Introduction to Highway Engineering and Traffic Analysis 1
1.1 Introduction 1
1.2 Highways and the Economy 2
1.2.1 The Highway Economy 2
1.2.2 Supply Chains 2
1.2.3 Economic Development 3
1.3 Highways, Energy, and the Environment 3
1.4 Highways as Part of the Transportation System 3
1.5 Highway Transportation and the Human Element 4
1.5.1 Passenger Transportation Modes and Traffic Congestion 4
1.5.2 Highway Safety 5
1.5.3 Demographic Trends 5
1.6 Highways and Evolving Technologies 6
1.6.1 Infrastructure Technologies 6
1.6.2 Traffic Control Technologies 7
1.6.3 Vehicle and Autonomous Vehicle Technologies 7
1.7 Scope of Study 9
Chapter 2 Road Vehicle Performance 11
2.1 Introduction 11
2.2 Tractive Effort and Resistance 11
2.3 Aerodynamic Resistance 12
2.4 Rolling Resistance 15
2.5 Grade Resistance 17
2.6 Available Tractive Effort 18
2.6.1 Maximum Tractive Effort 18
2.6.2 Engine-Generated Tractive Effort 21
2.7 Vehicle Acceleration 25
2.8 Fuel Efficiency 30
2.9 Principles of Braking 30
2.9.1 Braking Forces 30
2.9.2 Braking Force Ratio and Efficiency 32
2.9.3 Antilock Braking Systems 35
2.9.4 Theoretical Stopping Distance 35
2.9.5 Practical Stopping Distance 39
2.9.6 Distance Traveled During Driver Perception/Reaction 42
2.10 Practice Problems 45
Chapter 3 Geometric Design of Highways 57
3.1 Introduction 57
3.2 Principles of Highway Alignment 58
3.3 Vertical Alignment 59
3.3.1 Vertical Curve Fundamentals 60
3.3.2 Stopping Sight Distance 68
3.3.3 Stopping Sight Distance and Crest Vertical Curve Design 69
3.3.4 Stopping Sight Distance and Sag Vertical Curve Design 73
3.3.5 Passing Sight Distance and Crest Vertical Curve Design 81
3.3.6 Underpass Sight Distance and Sag Vertical Curve Design 84
3.4 Horizontal Alignment 87
3.4.1 Vehicle Cornering 87
3.4.2 Horizontal Curve Fundamentals 89
3.4.3 Stopping Sight Distance and Horizontal Curve Design 93
3.5 Combined Vertical and Horizontal Alignment 95
3.6 Practice Problems 101
Chapter 4 Pavement Design 115
4.1 Introduction 115
4.2 Pavement Types 115
4.2.1 Flexible Pavements 116
4.2.2 Rigid Pavements 117
4.3 Pavement System Design: Principles for Flexible Pavements 117
4.4 Traditional AASHTO Flexible-Pavement Design Procedure 118
4.4.1 Serviceability Concept 118
4.4.2 Flexible-Pavement Design Equation 119
4.4.3 Structural Number 126
4.5 Pavement System Design: Principles for Rigid Pavements 130
4.6 Traditional AASHTO Rigid-Pavement Design Procedure 131
4.7 Design-Lane Loads 140
4.8 Measuring Pavement Quality and Performance 145
4.8.1 International Roughness Index 145
4.8.2 Friction Measurements 145
4.8.3 Rut Depth 147
4.8.4 Cracking 147
4.8.5 Faulting 147
4.8.6 Punchouts 148
4.9 Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design 148
4.10 Practice Problems 149
Chapter 5 Fundamentals of Traffic Flow and Queuing Theory 161
5.1 Introduction 161
5.2 Traffic Stream Parameters 161
5.2.1 Traffic Flow, Speed, and Density 162
5.3 Basic Traffic Stream Models 167
5.3.1 Speed-Density Model 167
5.3.2 Flow-Density Model 169
5.3.3 Speed-Flow Model 170
5.4 Models of Traffic Flow 172
5.4.1 Poisson Model 172
5.4.2 Limitations of the Poisson Model 176
5.5 Queuing Theory and Traffic Flow Analysis 177
5.5.1 Dimensions of Queuing Models 177
5.5.2 D/D/1 Queuing 178
5.5.3 M/D/1 Queuing 185
5.5.4 M/M/1 Queuing 187
5.5.5 M/M/N Queuing 188
5.6 Traffic Analysis at Highway Bottlenecks 191
5.7 Impact of Autonomous Vehicles 194
5.8 Practice Problems 196
Chapter 6 Highway Capacity and Level-of-Service Analysis 207
6.1 Introduction 207
6.2 Level-of-Service Concept 208
6.3 Level-of-Service Determination 211
6.3.1 Base Conditions and Capacity 211
6.3.2 Determine Free-Flow Speed 211
6.3.3 Determine Analysis Flow Rate 212
6.3.4 Calculate Service Measure(s) and Determine LOS 212
6.4 Basic Freeway Segments 212
6.4.1 Speed versus Flow Rate Relationship 212
6.4.2 Base Conditions and Capacity 214
6.4.3 Service Measure 214
6.4.4 Determine Free-Flow Speed 217
6.4.5 Determine Analysis Flow Rate 218
6.4.6 Calculate Density and Determine LOS 224
6.5 Multilane Highways 227
6.5.1 Speed versus Flow Rate Relationship 228
6.5.2 Base Conditions and Capacity 231
6.5.3 Service Measure 231
6.5.4 Determining Free-Flow Speed 231
6.5.5 Determining Analysis Flow Rate 233
6.5.6 Calculate Density and Determine LOS 233
6.6 Two-Lane Highways 237
6.6.1 Base Conditions and Capacity 237
6.6.2 Service Measures 238
6.6.3 Determine Free-Flow Speed 239
6.6.4 Determine Analysis Flow Rate 240
6.6.5 Calculate Service Measures 242
6.6.6 Determine LOS 246
6.7 Design Traffic Volumes 249
6.8 Practice Problems 254
Chapter 7 Traffic Control and Analysis at Signalized Intersections 265
7.1 Introduction 265
7.2 Intersection and Signal Control Characteristics 266
7.2.1 Actuated Control 269
7.2.2 Signal Controller Operation 272
7.3 Traffic Flow Fundamentals for Signalized Intersections 274
7.4 Development of a Traffic Signal Phasing and Timing Plan 277
7.4.1 Select Signal Phasing 278
7.4.2 Establish Analysis Lane Groups 281
7.4.3 Calculate Analysis Flow Rates and Adjusted Saturation Flow Rates 283
7.4.4 Determine Critical Lane Groups and Total Cycle Lost Time 284
7.4.5 Calculate Cycle Length 286
7.4.6 Allocate Green Time 288
7.4.7 Calculate Change and Clearance Intervals 290
7.4.8 Check Pedestrian Crossing Time 292
7.5 Analysis of Traffic at Signalized Intersections 293
7.5.1 Signalized Intersection Analysis with D/D/1 Queuing 294
7.5.2 Signal Coordination 301
7.5.3 Control Delay Calculation for Level of Service Analysis 309
7.5.4 Level-of-Service Determination 314
7.6 Practice Problems 319
Chapter 8 Travel Demand and Traffic Forecasting 335
8.1 Introduction 335
8.2 Traveler Decisions 336
8.3 Scope of the Travel Demand and Traffic Forecasting Problem 337
8.4 Trip Generation 339
8.4.1 Typical Trip Generation Models 341
8.4.2 Trip Generation with Count Data Models 344
8.5 Mode and Destination Choice 346
8.5.1 Methodological Approach 346
8.5.2 Logit Model Applications 347
8.6 Highway Route Choice 353
8.6.1 Highway Performance Functions 353
8.6.2 User Equilibrium 354
8.6.3 Mathematical Programming Approach to User Equilibrium 360
8.6.4 System Optimization 361
8.7 Autonomous Vehicles, Highway Performance Functions, and System Optimization 365
8.8 Traffic Forecasting in Practice 366
8.9 The Traditional Four-Step Process 369
8.10 The Current State of Travel Demand and Traffic Forecasting 371
8.11 Practice Problems 371
Appendix 8A Least Squares Estimation 375
Appendix 8B Maximum-Likelihood Estimation 378
Appendix: Answers to Odd-Numbered End-of-Chapter Problems 387
- New standards updates. All chapters are updated to the latest design/evaluation standards including the 2016 Highway Capacity Manual.
- New pedagogical approach: practice problems. This new pedagogical feature significantly improves the effectiveness of the text. The new practice problems are challenging, and are designed to improve student comprehension and confidence.
- New example and end-of-chapter problems. Many new example and end-of chapter problems have been added to further improve the pedagogical effectiveness of the book.
- New autonomous vehicle problems. To introduce students to the topic of autonomous vehicles and the potential benefits of this emerging technology, several examples on this topic have been added.
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