Webinar: Decision Process for Dynamic Operation of Part-time Shoulder Use

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Start Date:

April 23, 2019 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT


Part-Time Shoulder Use is a strategy that is increasingly being considered to provide additional roadway capacity when it is needed and preserving the benefits of a full-width shoulder for most hours of the day. This webinar will provide an overview of part-time shoulder use and the range of implementations to date. The webinar will also feature new FHWA research on practices for determining when to open and close a shoulder to traffic, particularly on dynamic facilities where the hours of operation vary in response to traffic conditions. Two agencies will present on recent dynamic part-time shoulder use installations as well.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the range of part-time shoulder use existing today
  • Identify key factors and considerations to planning, designing, and operating part time shoulder use
  • Understand the benefits of dynamic part-time shoulder use (variable hours of operation)
  • Understand the decision-making process and considerations related to opening and closing the shoulder
  • Learn about recent successes in the US


Moderator: David Hale, Leidos


  • Greg Jones, FHWA
  • Pete Jenior, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.
  • Stephanie Palmer, Michigan DOT
  • Stephen Harelson, Colorado DOT

Target Audience:

State DOTs, toll agencies, and MPO planners, designers, and transportation management center (TMC) managers and operators.

Event Type:


Organizational Capability Element:

  • Active Traffic Management/Travel Demand Management/Pricing
  • Freeway Operations

Operations Area of Practice:

  • Active Traffic Management (ATM)
  • Freeway Management