A link to help break the chain

News U.S. DOT January 30, 2003
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The Federal Highway Administration has unveiled a new website to provide state and local agencies simple access to a variety of

The Federal Highway Administration has unveiled a new website to provide state and local agencies simple access to a variety of tools and information on traffic congestion and to help them find solutions to traffic problems in their areas.


"Relieving traffic congestion is one of our top priorities," FHWA Administrator Mary Peters said. "We are working closely with state and local officials to develop and carry out a comprehensive set of solutions designed to help reduce traffic congestion nationwide. This includes providing them with valuable information that can help them manage traffic conditions in their areas."


The new "Congestion and Traffic" website (www.fhwa.dot.gov/congestion) is part of the FHWA's efforts to help state and local transportation agencies develop initiatives to reduce congestion through effective system management and operations strategies.


A section on program tools offers specific information on the most prevalent causes of traffic congestion: incidents and work zones. About half of all traffic congestion is caused by temporary disruptions such as traffic incidents and work zones, dramatically reducing the available capacity and reliability of the entire transportation system.



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