Very interesting study motskyroonmatick. This goes along with several things that I noticed last year for the first time.
*The entire event funnelled into one lane.
*Vehicles passing through Geralch were dribbling through at a very sparse rate.
*Because of the poor exit procedures, cars now have to get in line hours before they actually have to be on the road, causing yet more BRC traffic jams.
*If vehicles could leave and be on the paved road with no traffic delay, there would be no heavier traffic passing through Gerlach. It would still be spaced evenly as to when people had to leave.
My best uneducated guess as to the number of vehicles on the playa is 18,000 to 20,000. The exodus starts Saturday night right after the burn and slows up in the wee hours of the morning. The traffic issues start again around 8:00am on Sunday. This entire situation is trying to put 20k or so cars on the road over a 4 day period---Saturday-Tuesday.
The paved roads are clearly NOT the issue, but the procedures and routes to get to those paved roads.
If, for instance, I need to be on the paved road by 11:00am and anticipate a 3 hour delay, then I start lining up at 8:00am. I wil still be on the paved road at 11:00, but I will be part of the internal traffic jam. If there were better procedures for exiting, I could leave my camp at 10:30 and be on the paved road at 11:00. The traffic through Gerlach would be the exact same pace either way, but I could leave with confidence of actually being able to get out of the event.
There would be no need to grade any additonal driving area, just use orange cones to form more lanes out while still keeping one lane in.
The annual panic comes from the line up to get out. Eliminate the line up and the spacing of people leaving the event will be much less compressed.
Oh, and add some well wishers waving goodbye on the way out to keep things happy.