Shockwave traffic jams

The province of North Brabant, Samenwerkingsverband Regio Eindhoven, Rijkswaterstaat and the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment challenged companies to devise an innovative, concrete solution to prevent shockwave traffic jams. They jointly set aside a sum of EUR 12.25 million for a project that combats shockwave traffic jams on the Dutch highway A58.

Since there were no standard solutions in the market for shock wave control, the decision was taken to work with the Pre-Commercial Procurement procedure (PCP in short). PCP, a relatively new form of tendering, enables the market and government to innovate jointly. The first phase of the Shockwave project already went ‘live’ on the A58. In Rotterdam too, the government and region are preparing a similar project to combat such traffic jams.

The animated video below provides an insight in the Dutch shockwave traffic jams project.