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2007 Incident Management Summit. Caltrans Role in Incident Management. Sri Balasubramanian Chief, Office of Emergency Management Division of Maintenance California Department Of Transportation. Mission. Improve Mobility Across California. Incident Management Measures.

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2007 incident management summit

2007 Incident Management Summit

Caltrans Role in Incident Management

Sri Balasubramanian

Chief, Office of Emergency Management

Division of Maintenance

California Department Of Transportation


Mission
Mission

Improve Mobility Across California


Incident management measures
Incident Management Measures

  • Clear incidents in less than 90 minutes

  • Increase reliability throughout the transportation system – travel time

  • Reduce daily vehicle hours of delay throughout the transportation system – congestion


Factors impacting incident response
Factors Impacting Incident Response

  • Type of incident

  • Location of the incident

  • Highway configuration

  • Time of incident

  • Notification of the incident


Key incident management activities
Key Incident Management Activities

  • Clear the hazards from highway and, if necessary, repair the highway – Maintenance

  • Manage the impact to traffic and help bring it back to normal – Traffic Operations


Incident management approach
Incident Management Approach

  • Field Management Team – Maintenance

  • Traffic Management Team – Traffic Operations

    Mobility Improvement Team


Field management team
Field Management Team

  • Predominantly perform field activities

  • Workers – Operators

  • Signs – Cones – Barricades – Absorbents

  • Trucks – Loaders - OASIS

  • Various systems (BAIRS/QST/notification guide)


Field management team1
Field Management Team

  • Respond with appropriate resources

  • Set-up Lane closures

  • Remove debris/spill goods

  • Clean-up Hazmat spills

  • Repair damages to the roadway


Traffic management team
Traffic Management Team

  • Predominantly traffic management activities

  • Queue management

  • Estimate delays to traffic

  • Alternate route / detour development

  • Convey accurate and timely information to public


Incident response partners
Incident Response Partners

  • Caltrans

  • Freeway Service Patrol

  • CHP

  • Tow Truck Company

  • Fire Department

  • Paramedics

  • Coroner

  • Others


Challenges
Challenges

  • Communicating incident information

  • Coordination and cooperation between partners

  • Debris/spilled goods and Hazardous Material spills

  • Alternate routes or detours to route traffic

  • Clearing traffic congestion


Actions by partners
Actions by Partners

  • Immediate notification

  • Accurate assessment and information sharing

  • Quick and appropriate response

  • Minimize foot print and impact to traffic

  • Complete clean-up and quick clearance


Successful incident management
Successful Incident Management

  • Communication

  • Understanding each others roles & responsibilities

  • Cooperation in the field

  • Serving the traveling public

  • Safety


Caltrans role in incident management

Caltrans Role in Incident Management

Thank You

Sri Balasubramanian

Office of Emergency Management

Division of Maintenance

California Department Of Transportation


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