TRAFFIC SIMULATION VIDEOS
Everyone is concerned about traffic — including us! Our engineers have been working to refine a plan to improve traffic at the key intersections that would serve The Grove. Moreover, these improvements will provide broad traffic benefits to everyone that uses those intersections. The following simulation videos are from the SimTraffic traffic modeling software built into Synchro, the computer-based traffic modeling software that is used to perform Traffic Studies. These are the 45th Street and Bull Creek Road simulations. Click here to see the Bull Creek Road and Jackson simulations.
NOTE: To allow for easier viewing, the simulation video runs on 2x speed. This means 60 minutes of simulation is able to be viewed in a 30-minute video. That means there are only 3.5 hours of simulation videos instead of 7 hours, which can save you, the viewer, valuable time. Please keep this in mind when you view these simulations. Vehicles are moving twice as fast in the simulation as they would in real time because 1 minute of simulation equals 2 minutes of real time. If there is a 5-second gap between cars in the video, it is a 10-second gap in real time.
- The videos below show traffic simulations of the key intersections on 45th Street between the southbound Mopac Frontage Road and Bull Creek Road during the PM Peak Hour, which is the busiest traffic time in the afternoon. In this area, the PM Peak Hour occurs between 4:30 to 5:30.
- The “Existing Conditions” scenario models the intersection based upon “on the ground traffic counts” performed when the Traffic Study was initiated.
- The “No-Build 2024” Scenario shows what the intersections will look like by the year 2024 with no intersection improvements, no development of The Grove, and only an incremental background growth to the existing traffic.
- The “Build 2024” Scenario shows what the intersection will look like by the year 2024 with the incremental background growth in traffic and the additional Grove Traffic, but with the improvements proposed in the Grove Traffic Study.
- As you watch the “Build 2024” Scenario videos, you will see that the modeling shows the intersection of Bull Creek and 45th Street is more than capable of handling the additional vehicles from The Grove, causing a dramatic improvement in queueing on northbound Bull Creek. It is important to note that this software is only one of many tools used to evaluate traffic impacts around a given project. There is a confluence of other factors that professional traffic engineers use to evaluate traffic impacts from given projects. Those other factors can be seen in our full Traffic Impact Analysis.
- However, for those interested in the actual numerical results of the simulation for all intersections, the results of the simulation have been and continue to be included in our 400+-page Traffic Study under Appendix L: Sim Traffic Queuing and Blocking Reports. Appendix L includes the results from three different simulation intervals listed as Interval #1, Interval #2, and Interval #3.