3D technology aids Beach transportation planning

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by Philip Townsend, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 19 at 6:02 AM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- New technology is putting the city of Virginia Beach ahead of the game when it comes to transportation planning.

Researchers from Old Dominion University's Center for Innovative Transportation Solutions are using real-time 3D traffic models that span the entire city.

These models are important for hurricane evacuation route planning.They can actually simulate traffic patterns that have already happened, and then manipulate road conditions, like traffic lights, to see what would work best for traffic flow.

"Now we can look at the microscopic level," said CITS Director Mike Robinson. "It means we can look at individual cars around the entire city."

Researchers presented their latest models to city council.

The city will eventually use these models to determine what road projects are the biggest priority.

Virginia Beach is one of only four cities across the country using this technology.

 

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