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Travel Impacts and Adjustment Strategies of the Collapse and the Reopening of the I-35W Bridge

  • Shanjiang Zhu
  • Nebiyou Tilahun
  • Xiaozheng He
  • David M. Levinson
Conference paper
Part of the Transportation Research, Economics and Policy book series (TRES)

Abstract

Major network disruptions have significant impacts on local travelers. Understanding the behavioral reactions to such incidents is crucial for traffic management and planning. This study investigates travelers’ reaction to both the collapse and reopening of the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Web-based surveys conducted at residences in several communities across the metropolitan area supplement hand-out/mail-back paper-based surveys distributed to workers in areas around the bridge collapse (downtown Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota). Findings from the four surveys highlight differences in travel impacts and behavioral reactions after the unplanned bridge collapse and the planned bridge reopening.

Notes

Acknowledgements

This material is based in part on the work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0825768, BRIDGE: Behavioral Response to the I-35W Disruption: Gauging Equilibration and Grant No. 0753580, SGER: Responding to the Unexpected: Understanding Travelers’ Behavioral Choices in the Wake of the Mississippi River Bridge Collapse; Minnesota Department of Transportation project Traffic Flow and Road User Impacts of the Collapse of the I-35W Bridge over the Mississippi River; and the University of Minnesota Metropolitan Consortium. We would also like to thank Henry Liu, Kathleen Harder, John Bloomfield, Saif Jabari, and Adam Dancyzk. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation, Minnesota Department of Transportation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shanjiang Zhu
    • 1
  • Nebiyou Tilahun
    • 2
  • Xiaozheng He
    • 3
  • David M. Levinson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.College of Urban Planning and Public AffairsUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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