Delays associated with incidents and accidents on heavily traveled highways have been recognized as a major inconvenience and a burden on the driving public. Heavy traffic volumes on interstates in Kentucky result in significantly increased probability for delay occurrences. When there is an occurrence which disrupts traffic, the adverse effects are widespread. High volumes of trucks use the north-south corridors in the state and delays can produce significant costs to both shippers and users of products being shipped.

Many efforts are underway to address the problems associated with congestion; including improved traffic management techniques and applications of advanced technology. A primary clement of emergency response is the level of communication and coordination when an incident occurs. Considerable attention has been given to the needs of improved interaction between the responsible agencies when there is an incident or accident requiring coordinated response. At-scene coordination can be a positive aspect of emergency response when a comprehensive plan is in place to address the lines of authority and procedures for responding to the emergency.

The objectives of this project were the following: 1) to develop and implement an emergency response management review process to document currently used procedures in Kentucky: 2) to recommend alternative procedures for emergency response which focus on the need to improve accident investigation and clearance processes; 3) to identify the responsible agencies and personnel in the line of authority for emergency response; 4) to develop and present workshops for emergency response personnel related to prompt clearance of accident/incident scenes; and 5) to develop a set of detour maps for interstates and parkways. including a directory of emergency response personnel.

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