VIRGINIA BEACH-- The region's top transportation officials gathered for the grand opening of Old Dominion University's Center for Innovative Transportation Solutions at Town Center Thursday.

Many hope the research team from CITS will find solutions to the transportation challenges facing Hampton Roads.

'The simpler solutions sometimes have the bigger impact on traffic flow,' said Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton. 'We're looking forward to working with ODU and the simulation center.'

Researchers will use modeling and simulation to develop transportation research the region has never seen.

The opening comes on the heels of Hurricane Sandy, a storm which created big traffic problems in some parts of the area.

Center Director Asad Khattak told 13News they've already started researching ways to mitigate traffic confusion during severe weather events.

Khattak says putting together better evacuation routes will be a big part of their research.

'We can provide them with detailed information on what routes are open, where to go and how to go there,' Khattak said. 'It will be more customized information that we can provide to people.'

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