Good afternoon or good morning to those of you to the West. Welcome to the Talking Freight Seminar Series. My name is Jennifer Symoun and I will moderate today's seminar.
Today's topic is Commercial Motor Vehicle Size and Weight. Please be advised that today's seminar is being recorded.
Today we'll have three presentations, given by Tom Kearney of the FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations Size and Weight Team, Ric Athey of the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division, and Jeff Honefanger of the Ohio Department of Transportation Permit Section. Our scheduled start presenter Jeff is unable to present today,
so actually Tom is going be taking his place giving his presentation.
Tom Kearney joined Federal Highway Administration's Office of Freight Management and Operations serving on the Truck Size and Weight Team in April, 2007. His job duties focus on integrating truck size and weight program activities with the overall freight management and operations program at FHWA. Tom serves on the FHWA/FMCSA Smart Roadside Oversight Team and Ad Hoc Groups.
His work focuses on researching and supporting the integration of automation based approaches to truck size and weight enforcement. Tom also manages the Truck Parking Facilities Program for FHWA. Tom serves as a Master Instructor for the National Highway Institute and also has served as an instructor for NHI's FHWA's Highway Program Financing course since 2002.
Served as a statewide planner in the New York division office. Prior to joining FHWA in 2002 Department of Transportation planning division in four years. Inventory supervisor just prior to joining the federal highway.
Albany university transportation planning from Albany state as well. He has been a member of the American planning association since 1983 and served as the W planning board. Division director of the A DOT motor division.
Bachelor of arts degree in business.
22 ports often try with near national ports. After a stint in the air force control accident investigation, plot bomb technician an district commander. After 29 years Rick's retirement made him able to accept his current position.
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and get started. Commercial motor vehicle size and weight.
Our first presentation is given by Tom Kearney and operations size and weight team.
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Jennifer, thank you very much.
I want to explain -- let me start at the end and just explain to everyone that Jeff at ash toe, Jeff is in Ohio right now and is one of half million residents without power.
So Jeff does send his regrets. He is also the permit section director and what a natural catastrophe like Ike the permit section tends to be a rather busy place.
Their presentation could have been also presented by the permitting task force director -- or chairman of the subcommittee and highway transport.
Denny is now in a bunker down in Louisiana an they are recovers not only from ache but also coordinating relief efforts during ambiguous of the. In light of the colleagues I have involved in the topic, if you look at the screen here,
I can see that it's going to be very -- it's a little bit confusing.
In the upper left corner. Bottom left corner is the national civil engineering research center of France located in Paris France.
This past May, 19-22nd weigh and motion that was held in conjunction with the 10th conference on heavy vehicle truck technology.
As part of the conference, we were approached -- I serve as implementation Team Leader European scan on truck enforcement technologies.
I was approached to submit a paper and presentation together for a plenary session as part of the weigh and motion track.
A colleague of mine from -- traffic monitoring aspects of the LTPP program. Good enough to present this presentation on behalf of myself and Jodi Carson of TTI coauthored a paper,
and extract that we made available to the participants in Paris. This is the presentation that Debby walked through in Paris. I wanted to share this with you. Final report was issued.
It's available on the international program's website, www.interfactionFHWADO T .gov Julie was coleader as she was a member of the truck size and weight program. As a trend and close colleague of mine.
See vision program at motor carrier administration.
Truck enforcement technology integration.
As you can see, we had federal employees, David Jones the high speed data manager, office of highway policy information.
Julie lane. Truck size and weight team.
I was a statewide planner in New York. That was the fed side. State side we had a few bridge engineers George con near of Alabama.
Prior life as --director of motor vehicle safety in DOT. Jodi Carson as I've been mentioned TTI college professor.
Delivery of the stars program up in Montana, which is a win-based truck enforcement. Wind based tool that is designed to support mobile enforcement.
We had a variety of backgrounds.
I guess I'd be negligent if I didn't manage Ned woolly California technology research group.
Very instrumental in the technology group who are out promoting. Different interests on the team. A lot of expertise and when it comes to truck enforcement, it kind of turns into a wide topic rather quickly.
The investigations before we left, we broke it into five subject areas, truck enforcement technologies.
The countries we visited, how were they using the technologies, procedures and approaches for enforcement. How was enforcement being delivered.
Roadside and in the field. How was it being supported in the home office.
Unique applications of data. Were there any unique uses of tradition at data.
Public/private funding approaches.
We did see some examples. Public/private aspects. Enforcement programs and truck toll programs.
Then practices to harmonize enforcement techniques. Europe under the EEU26 membership countries, and a lot of coordination needed EU permits and a lot of different member states and EU with blanket standards.
Here monotonization was something we keyed on as well.
The scan up front. TTI did the research. We set up a matrix regarding those topics on the prior slide who has best practice approaches.
Who would get the most advantage. They had it deployed in use supporting enforcement in the field. Zag in a national engineering research consumption.
Supporting research, supporting the public interest.
Switzerland, the federal roads agency. Research entity located out side of burn comprehensive costs of trucks vibration, noise, messages, impact on infrastructure.
Analysis of costs when they talk about overloaded trucks.
Federal, going through their approach on mobile enforcement how they were abusing advanced technology to support many enforcement sites. NI many small scale, cheep inexpensive -- cheap enforcement sites and how they were automating them.
This past February we had Swiss officials come over for a visit to give us more details on what was going on.
Germany our day was spent in Berlin. We met with toll collect automated toll collect system. The distance they're traveling.
Integration of on board identification systems talking to roadside detection along with GPS with the GIS-based representation of the network, locating the events, which were moving the trucks. Locating them on roads subject to tolls.
Paying tolls on the fly based upon the roads they were on. Very enlightening day. A lot of implications tied to toll collect.
Netherlands including the research weigh and motion technology. Best practice when it comes to database management for weigh an motion. Belgium was just getting started with their weigh and motion enforcement program.
An interesting discussion with them on how they were approaching it.
They were using low speed weigh and motion to directly issue citations to truckers. Belgium also was located the same building with a lot of EU analysts so we met with some folks from the federation of European highway research labs.
Learned a lot of coordinated research in France. Very, strong aggressive weigh and motion. Monitoring system located around the country. Couple of hundred win locations.
Regional research centers receiving data regularly.
Data being made available to a virtual of users. In Paris at LCPC we met with world leading expert in weigh and motion. He shared with us some of the research that France was undertaking.
Implement takes was the key -- was the -- implementation was the key.
A lot the same but a lot different.
In some cases different than what we were doing in the U.S.
going to Europe was a handful of opportunists who wanted to go and get details to -- the expertise being a wide variety was a strength to the team. Detailed work sheets for us and given work sheets to take notes.
Different subject areas to focus in on. Enforcement aspects. I was being asked to focus on the data side of things.
Everybody had different assignments.
We all kind of blended our notes at the end of the day and Jodi was able to write the report on the fly. Ted is a former FHWA employee and he absolutely is driven toward technology transfer
and his role supporting the scan program is to facilitate enhancements to U.S. programs by learning from what the others are doing in other nations.
Ted has been a very strong partner and a very strong asset to me for implementation in the past two years. Post scan we had a whole bevy of things. There were 34 of the team identified.
Far too many implementation opportunities that could actually be focused on.
We went with top 7.
That was heavy enough. Implementation plan together and here's the top seven that we identified that the each limitation was planned around.
Bridge way in motion. Rev I have good vehicle control sites in Switzerland.
Pre-screening for mobile enforcement in a virtual of nations. Applying win for direct enforcement.
It is now occurring on ramps. We learned it was an interesting business model to weight enforcement being used in Netherlands that involved a high speed win in data. Some work in the U.S. on that as a follow up.
I'll show you a slide z as how we delivered on that one. Bridge university of Alabama who was our bridge maintenance engineer is now the director of maintenance down at the Alabama DOT.
SPR funds through UCT program. University of Alabama research con sorption Birmingham and hundreds veil the three Alabama universities collaborate on cooperative research.
Bridge way and motion system.
There was deployments on two sites at this point in time with research done. There was plans to deploy at a third site. In North America who developed bridge way in motion which is being aggressively deployed in your right now.
Civil engineering technology and integrating it into the good afternoon's business mod -- government's business model.
Facilitating the support of deployment in North America right now. Sis tell has been over to Birmingham Alabama supporting the bridge team. The team continues with their research efforts with Alabama DOT permit directors.
Trying to get the bridge way in motion as a new tool and enforcement into their new program. The workshops history now. My colleague attended the workshop the second week in August. It was down in Birmingham Alabama, working with Ted,
the scan implementation team was able to support travel so that Bernard Jacob of France Eugene Obrien and Mr.
Hundred van Lou out of the Netherlands all four of these four leading world experts in bridge win technology research team and participants that went to Birmingham was August 11th.
10th thing and all day the 121st in Birmingham.
We're looking for good things to come out of this project.
I say thank you to my Ric Athey. Agency he was Deputy Director of the roads agency as long as police commander.
Police commander of border high volume trucks moving from Italy into north Europe control the number of trucks in the tunnel at any given time as of the November 2001 tunnel fire. There is a national ordnance.
This facility is to hold trucks to offer them overnight storage and parking accommodations.
No trucks travel at night in Switzerland. It is against the national law, very easy to enforce. Nighttime truck, you are under arrest.
Trucks move on trains at night.
Switzerland owns the rail network.
This control site at the north approach using a heavy level of automation to process trucks, legal trucks processed in and out in under two minutes. If the truck is subject to any kind of further inspection,
if it's a vehicle of interest it's subjected to more detailed inspections. It can take up to 25 minutes to process a truck fully in the entire site.
The enforcement officials can impound on site. 700 trucks store them for over night. They get that kind of volume.
This is a huge add Kuwait need. In college Dale you will see W state patrol, my good friend John put on a presentation in behalf of the Washington state patrol.
Put a presentation on, Ric is going to share that presentation again with us. Arizona is in for some very interesting aspects with automated truck aspects moving the program forward. Swiss came into Washington with me.
We had Maryland see vision programs and then they attended and presented subcommittee and high way transport.
But very, fulfilling visit by the Swiss. Next slide is the safety implications an I think Dan is in the coo Lou sa at the main campus. He may be at Birmingham.
I'm sure if he is on the line, he'll let me know later. Dan is a very strong asset in the United States regarding truck safety and research.
Dan receiving money through Alabama SPR program. Research into the safety implications of trucks. Presented a paper made a presentation on the heavy vehicle truck technology in Paris back in May. Netherlands we went to publication.
It's on the international website. How the dutch get a lot of bang for the buck. Very, very ambient distribution to a lot of users within the dutch government. Weight enforcement community.
Enforcement officers get copies of reports every Wednesday morning showing the trends in loading on specific motorways so they can retailor and focus their attention quickly.
Hundreds van sons is now in the United States living in Washington D. C. as the dutch liaison with TRB. Consult with chiseler corporation as the technical consultant
and he is supporting the dutch government in their use of technology and truck enforcement.
Very good assets that we kept in touch with over in Netherlands. Prescreening. Something near and dear to my office. What we want to get is the enforcement, more intelligence out in the field.
We want to bring technology to the roadside deliver to roadside so we can integrate and know where the trucks that are legal are, the trucks that are within weight, one dimension that are also driver company and vehicle safety okay.
With all of their [ Indiscernible: Speaker/Audio faint and unclear] determine that highway speed we'll be able to improve the productivity on our network big time. Weigh stations and bringing the trucks in. The forecast
and see the scary forecast when you hit the bath website, there's no way they can keep up with the commercial vehicles that are going to be pushed onto the network over the next 20 years. Building block.
Snap together approach to enforcement and it was not perfect program over night at witness. It was one step at a time.
One leads to another.
Systematics is working with me on a study that was completed by the end of March. Principle investigated on the study.
Beyond the interview guide. Florida, Kentucky, California. Did a site visit to Minnesota Cathy had a site visit there.
Michigan was an interview state. Indiana was an interview state. Our investigation into the use of technology expanded.
We really have -- we're still in the research mode through the end of September doing telephone interviews and site visits. I think all the state participants and support of the study.
Fabulous resource nationally to all enforcement officials as a product. It's all emulated under the remove product in Europe.
20-7 I'm not going to linger on. You're going to hear about it at the tail end.
That's the presentation I will present for Jeff. Let's save that one Jennifer.
Much done to date. More to do.
Others aspects here's a laundry list of things ahead. I wanted to share with you not just this laundry list but under the implementation plan a lot done. Yes that's true.
This year activities we'll be focusing on is documentation of the technology aspects of the heavy good control sites. We want the construction specifications for the low cost. Mini sites.
Construction site force the Swiss full control sites. How do they interact? What kind of functionality?
What kind of business need are they serving? A contract has been left and will be completed focusing on documenting the Swiss system. We're also going to be planning, conducting,
and delivering a national one day brainstorming strategic session long term plan for WIM.
We want to bring U.S. brain trust together for a one day session to come up with short, medium and long term goals much more effective, enforcement of using technology.
Those will be the things we'll be focusing on in the next coming year.
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Jennifer this would be a great point. I talked about Glen Dale and the workshop in there. Has been a full partner. On the truck sites, the scan implementation team with me.
John was with Washington state patrol, Rick with Arizona. We put our heads together and worked hard at creating and delivering the one day workshop in Glen deal actually supported note taker.
What I'd like to do is hand over, I talked about the Swiss. Explain the beautiful picture we're looking at right now.
Let us know what the good things Arizona is up to.
Thank you Tom. Good afternoon.
As you see, the first slide is the great state of Arizona and that's our sunsets. Today is going to be about 97, low about 67, so we're pretty happy right now. Ports of entrance.
This is where -- I think this is where we need to begin and as you see, you have to be as old as pretty much a lot of the first officers that began size and weight and also the facilities.
Every state had them as the traffic volumes were much lower. Speeds of travel not allowed anywhere near as demanded today in the truck trailer combinations were all the same design.
Or at least configured alike.
They performed their functions reliably and somewhat efficiently. Times and needs have changed. [ Indiscernible: Speaker/Audio faint and unclear] ports. We have 22 fixed facilities.
Three types of ports of entries in Arizona. Today's traffic volumes require large, multiacre facilities to properly screen commercial traffic.
This is the new know gal lis.
This is the know gal lis facility on the Mexican border.
We have 22 fixed locations that are identified as ports often try. There are six international ports and I just want to talk a little bit about no gal lis.
No gal lis during produce season pretty much about five months out of the year end up with 4000 trucks a day, along with the partnership of customs and federal motor carrier safety. We touch -- some of those trucks cross the border
and it's the same truck, anywhere from three or four or five times during that day. So but as far as vehicle inspections we touch about 20% of those trucks a day.
Again, there are six international ports. No gal lis is being already designed for a new port in 2010. Security is the marijuana focus. We -- is the main focus. San Louise should be completed.
It's a brand new port with those three agencies.
That should be finished in 2009. We have the Douglas federal, the not cofederal.
That one star is the Douglas federal.
Then you have knock COSSAS bee.
You have Luke veil. You'll have -- again, you'll have the other two ports right here and which one and also the last one is the large san Lou's possibility of entry. -- port of entry.
San Louise federal location has the san Louise project underway to build near the crossing. The reason why they're separating with the san Louise two is separating the family or vehicle traffic to commercial traffic. Fixed ports.
Again Uma 8, we have Aaron berg and toe pawk, we have Kingman and again you have Sanders over here and you also have the Douglas. We have nine secondary routes fix ports often try.
Secondary ports of entry using selected assortment to maintain presence in the region. Now these are your interstate ports in red.
The next slide would be the mobile and we tried to -- we used the southern route federal motor carrier safety with the over 14,000 safety inspections from the border. The purpose of the ports of entries? Size
and weight enforcement protection of infrastructure, the collection and mandated taxes and fees, safety-related tasks, responsibilities of members of the community.
Size and weight is a priority.
Our mandate is the protection of the taxpayers investment of the infrastructure. This is also crucial to obtain and obtain highway funds for roadside construction or repair.
Safety inspection associated tasks.
These are businesses businesses that spring up around our ports. Everyone banks as A dot can be the largest employer changes operations can dramatically affect a local area, economic situation. In this slide,
part bumper to bumper would be a lean of trucks that would -- line the truck that would go completely around the earth 2.3 times. These numbers are only possible due to the fact that we use electronic screens at our ports.
Without the weigh an more tore systems we would not be able to maintain a safe or effective screening process.
As you see at the bottom we weigh over 7 million trucks annually. Commercial vehicle safety intervention, commercial safety vehicle aislings result in discovery of con to command in a single load
and individual drug related cash see sures as high as $1.6 million that was found in one commercial vehicle alone.
Drugs are every day occurrence in truck enforcement on state-wide bypasses the very nature of our business becomes more dangerous as time passes. The return on investment, direct collections is approximately 18 million-dollar as year,
cost savings to the state on pavement damage is somewhere between 12-$50 million on an yearly basis.
We estimate our return to be, we return $11 to high way fund.
-- highway fund.
NBDs build highways.
Hoe tall direct deposits is $1.8 billion.
Arizona cities reserve 633 million.
Arizona counties receive about 527 million. Urban controlled roads which have to do with our building partners in the cities an counties receive about 105 million.
ADOT entering operating budget is financed through MBD collections. Our mobile operations does perform safety inspections at port entries and at mobile details at all locations in the state. This includes rest areas,
pull outs made especially for them and roving officers that can be anywhere. Our safety inspections are due to the process and necessity, a slow time consuming task.
The key is to an effective safety program as the method used to identify those vehicles that are the most in need of inspection. Random is effective to a certain extent. Every vehicle inspected is not possible at times.
When you spend your resources and at time are very important it's important how you spend those resources. Risk for safety violations that's critical to the safety of this activity. Safety facts.
Approximately 9% of the vehicle deaths are vehicle related.
Fall of the non-commercial drivers.
Because of the laws of physics, the smaller vehicle is always the loser.
About 5000 people die each year in crashes involving large trucks about 85% of them is not the truck's occupants. Arizona is a're door state. A large number of vehicles travel our roads to reach other destinations.
We are a preferred route including the I10 10 route. Arizona corridor state again it is very clear that Arizona has a significant impact on the nationwide movement of goods by this truck flowchart.
You basically have to pass through us to get from coast to coast. Going to be severely congested by the year 2020.
We must include electronic screening at all our inspection sites to keep up with the demand of increased traffic. Solutions to problems.
Here is that Swiss solution for Arizona that we are looking at right now.
This is a product, which actually weighs the vehicle. It actually has the sensors to look at height.
The number of Axel weights, gross weights and the concepts and solutions implemented by TU agencies is admirable and exciting.
We have a few issues that may not deal with such as vehicle configurations an different size and weights. I think I'm going to let Tom talk about this particular project or actually the size
and weight building that they really have here, which we saw was really exciting because not only did their officers go out an stop the truck an bring the truck into this area,
but it actually printed the citation out from a computer right there and given to the truck driver.
And Ric, it automatically sent it to the court, the citation that the officer ripped off the printer, was submitted to the local magistrate at that time.
And the truck driver had to pay for that before he moved?
Yes, sir. They were holding a truck from a Bulgaria Ric a truck from a Bulgaria Ric and the can had to send us some money because the driver was broke.
All right. The commercial vehicle size and weight, they seem to -- the Swiss seem to have more control of their size, the vehicle configuration passing through their sites.
This was effect by the sensor arrays like a box sensor of their traffic lanes.
It may work to their advantage in this area but we required them to move exceptional loads over a routine basis throughout our state so that might be a problem for us.
While not every vehicle is this size and weight, there are more and more of these loads which must be moved across our states. The entire western United States replace
or renew the primary transformers for electrical power foreign tire regions of the structure. As you see in that slide, we just had three other units just almost like this.
We also had one that was over a million pounds that had to be moved and an interstate closed in force for approximately two miles to make sure that this vehicle was clear an was able -- cleared and was able to move.
Traffic control and backups behind the slow moving load is a great concern to us. Notice a number of truck versus non-commercial trucks being held up behind this load. 42% of the total ADA of normal freeway traffic.
It may be more than that already. But current predictions say we can expect a 70% of increase by 2020. All compounding our problems of processing this traffic.
Automated stations using existing technology and pros is readily available. All systems related to or built from come months already in service at our interstate ports, all systems and components are interchangeable
and complement all applications we are doing. We are trying to incorporate all of the same methods of electronic screening as our EU partners. The sensors are a bit different as needs
and configurations are not the same but the basic concepts as far in and as far as end results are.
The automated stations, these stations use electronic screening to the ultimate advantage. They reduce but not eliminate the need for manpower. They allow screening of vehicles at highway speeds.
Allowing legal vehicles to proceed with no delay. Again, we're in the process of reengineering our ports of entry and have at least five in inspection sites being planned.
All with sensors for size and weight and transponders for identify indication purposes. With these five, we're also going to add another nine which will be a total of 14.
Ric if you give me a second I'll have to reload your presentation. We have this screen blocking it.
We have technical difficulty.
Ric, what slide were you on?
We only have about ten more left.
That's it. Okay. All right. Our virtual weigh station data flow, the truck crosses over the sensors, information or data is processed by the roadside computer and transmitted to the roadside officer. In this next slide,
this is the information transmitted. It can be changed or modified as needed. It can be either transmitted to a station
or lab top compute near a vehicle to allow realtime enforcement to be applied to a stream of truck traffic but pulling these vehicles over, only pulling those vehicles over that needed to be fully screened.
Obtaining static weights on pull off areas.
These are examples of roadside enforcement.
This is using the semiportable ramp scales or the hand and weight scales.
Hoover Dam bypass, which will be now the primary focus as the Kingmen project now being implemented. In this project will support the new bridge being built over the huer dam which should be ready by 2010. Place
and cause an increase in truck traffic to maybe double or more.
This will evolve the long distance haulers of freight goods between the east and the west coast.
As you see, that bridge going across, this is what it is supposed to look like.
We had a failure there when strong winds came up an blew over the cranes which put us a year behind in the completion of this project.
Kingman port often try. The challenge is to install sorter systems to cover highways 93 and state route 68.
Again, outbound 93 toward Nevada and the new bridge, inbound 93 from Nevada to points west, 68 into Arizona and Nevada and outbound 68 towards Nevada.
Our goals to utilize electronic screening to it's maximum at every point possible. The screening vehicles while they are traveling,
is the only way we will be ability to maintain an effective screening option with the projected traffic heading our way. The projected challenge is finishing the project. As you see the truck coming across,
it's the Wi mick sensor that goes through the electronics.
The roadside message says whether the truck comes in or continues.
Primary challenge for Arizona right now is not the technology, it's not the knowledge needed and it's not the types of sensors and how they are applied. The Swiss were able to get something we don't have and that's funding.
If funding was available we would install these systems at all our inspection sites. More new studies are not necessary. We have the systems which work. We need a funded source.
That is my presentation. But Tom, we're also looking at that Swiss model regarding the size and weight structure that you had seen earlier.
We're looking at possibly putting -- or completing one of those in the kingman area because of when the bridge opens.
I have also requested 23 additional personnel for that port often try for 2010.
The Swiss control sites that Ric showed in his presentation the over head quandary would shoot laser beams over the truck that would create a profile of the height and weight of the vehicle, length as well.
Measurements that were identified as legal tolerants and extra legal dimension.
We saw a trucker come in that he was over height he was ability to dampen his suspension and bring the back into compliance with height. Height is a feature. The Swiss want to know that before you get to the tunnel.
So the enforcement with the scanners was key to them. Low cells they had about 8-12 cells on a weigh bridge.
They got very accurate measures. The officer operating in the office was able to see extra legal dimensions if it was weight, the weight value at Axel tan dumb highlighted in red. If it was a length or width or being over weight
or being a vehicle of interest, based on visual observation Ovidio mention he would bring the vehicle in -- of dimension. He would stay with the truck while the operator in the station that Ric was showing.
One guy was able to shoot all the technology, get a profile of the truck regarding legal. Illegal aspects being highlighted.
Push a button when he saw red elements on the truck. Citations coming out of the printer going to the local magistrate.
Everything was very efficient.
They could move a truck right through in like a minute and make a measurement of size and weight in no time. They also had a second shed where they could bring the truck through
and had a walk under where the inspectors could walk under and check suspension systems and check breaks and everything.
There was break testers in this building. They were very low cost.
They were under a million.
When Rick talked about kingman the interest in Arizona is more to the dimension of a control site that we heard the Swiss talk about, that was a 53 million-dollar project that the Swiss government was willing to support as we heard Ric.
Federal roads agency would build and then hand to the can on the enforcement agency. Let toe would operate it and own it after construction.
That's the kind of partnership can tons delivered enforcement but the federal role was the build the facilities and enforce the laws. $53 million.
Why we're going over specifications of the next step in the scan is not only Arizona interested in looking at the very specific elements and details of the technologies used Kansas is contemplating weigh stations.
They are still a best practice state with mobile enforcement but they are looking and want to make an informed decision back and forth. There is still an appetite out there for weigh stations as these concepts are being moved forward.
We want to capitalize on the eyes of automation because the traditional manual inspections were never going to be able to keep up with the truck traffic flow rates.
Thank you very much Ric. That was a very good presentation.
Thank you Tom. One more thing.
We have four interstate ports redesigned again. They will be more efficient as far as because of the number of truck traffic that is increasing. King port is very important to us because of that bridge opening.
With the new design that's coming up, I'm hoping that our efficiency we gain momentum and again right now, just like everybody else's budget as tar as hiring personnel in that, it's being affected.
We're being affected as far as our efficiency goes.
Back up to full staffing.
Biggest challenge always the personnel.
The next project we're going to demonstrate -- we have a few questions for Ric.
We have questions for you. I imagine people would have questions for you.
That were typed in, we'll go through those an also open the phone lines to get through those if people has any own the phone.
Reference to the ports you were showing at the beginning of the presentation truck crossing or are they rail crossings?
Those are truck crossings.
Comes up through no gal lis.
And it comes up through no gal us and up toward kingman, St. George and then North into Utah, up to Canada.
The next question. You may have answered this. What about the no gal lis port often try does that serve both road and rail?
That is road. That is strictly road at that time. Let me say another thing -- let me mention another thing, there is another -- kingman has now a kind of like a switching station to where -- an -- for the containerized freight.
It is also rail and truck traffic near the city of kingman between the port and the city of kingman.
That's rail. There's also one being considered right now which will come up thruway mass up to Uma, which another facility will be built for containerized freight and also there is one at pa caw chough peak between Phoenix and Tucson,
which is also being designed at this time for the same thing.
Okay. Thank you.
Next question, what does Arizona use to determine which vehicles to perform inspections on?
Those -- again, we have prepass. So when we determine those vehicles -- depends upon the mobile or it also depends upon whether or not those trucks are coming in an whether we determine whether it's 5%, 10% or 15% we want to pull in.
Again, that's determined on what the officer spot check when those trucks come in to our scales and if we notice at that point anything that that we feel that truck needs to be inspected on.
Okay. Next question. It seems as those Arizona segregates commercial traffic from personal vehicles. Is there any inspections done at regular rest stops?
We do have the mobile scales out there. In which case, we have them at rest stops, pull out areas as far as mobile. We don't inspect cars but it's just commercial trucking.
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The presentation that Jeff -- apologizes he's not available to make. It was very interesting.
Jeff shared with me utility companies took off for the Texas coast about middle of last week in anticipation of ache did a lot of damage in the Springfield area Sunday afternoon
and evening there was not a lot of repair crews to address the problem.
My thoughts go out to him.
Go through this in about five minutes. Priority that ash toe, the subcommittee and highway transport Ric, who just presented to you. Rick was involved with the scan, Ric is very involved in the oversight panel on this project as well F.
you leave your for off mute you can chime in at any point to help me with the presentation if you wish. Basically 20-07, I do invite you to download it and read it at your Lee sure.
There leisure. Sub exit tee and highway transport. The concept of going into the vault of all the information we brought back, there's a ten men douse amount of information we brought back from Europe.
We wanted to open the vaults up an put together a lot of key pieces of information and target the state executive level of the state DOT to give them compelling information to the importance of size
and weight enforcement so that people like Ric would be able to to get the funding and executive level support he needs to move his program forward. I have at this point tip my cam
and technology Jim lynch is the chairman of the subcommittee in highway transport.
He is the champion of this task 254. Jim as a director of a DOT saw the having of the scan in 2008, saw a lot of the -- 2006 through automation approaches and technology tools,
Jim thought that his peers don't truly understand the difficulties that people like Ric and his staff face and the benefits of technology lend to Ric in his staff in doing their jobs.
Jim lynch has the NCHRP project approved in FY09.
To look at the best practice. Real quick response information, get it out to the DOT executives.
A 7 member panel are the two feds that sit on it.
Doing emergency response is on the panel.
A couple gentlemen from the date DOTs on the panel.
The project th Jodi was our report writer. Joy Carson was handed all the presentations on a lot of the different aspects of the scan when we visited the six countries in that world win 16 day period in 2006.
She was a very good person to line up for this project.
Jodi delivered and approved a proposal she submitted a 16 month timeframe. It should be wrapped up late spring next year, summer of next year. By the end of summer next year. Eight tasks were laid out.
Come out with the menu of supporting technologies. Summarize relevant European policies and procedures. We blended that with the summary of the U.S.
management policies and procedures. Task four is heavy.
Read it on your on time. Read it when you have time, sorry. I don't mean to assign homework. Read it when you have time. Basically task four lays out the consents of the real value of this effort. It blends tasks two
and three come together in here big time.
U.S. approaches European approaches, to enforcement informational sheets. The areas that are layed out that informational sheets out that Jodi is working on,
review of then forcement commercial review -- of the enforcement activities in general. People that want to use but don't understand the heavy maintenance and calibration needs tied to this technology.
Oversize an overweight the permanent routing and monitors aspects. The agency wide benefits of data that's used for size an weight enforcement an how it can be used for other aspects in supporting the program.
The brief right now, Ric and I were tasked with reviewing the brief. We offered comments. They are being readied for the ash toe meeting in October. Ready for distribution. We're in the last lap of comments on those five areas.
Task number five has been blended into the briefs.
It was a stand alone on the proposal.
The panel asked that it be reengineered. The implementation process in the U.S. is now been incorporated into the informational briefs themselves so it's one stop shopping in the five subject areas.
Schedule for fall because we want it available at ash toe. Final versions there's the target down on the bottom. Ash toe fall meeting. Jodi is going to make a presentation also at subcommittee highway transport in February.
Here they are. Annual meeting in October, subcommittee the DC meeting and highway transport and up to four state level visits are targeted for outreach.
That will feed into a piece of number 8 the final report schedule for completion summer 2009.
Now in my role my truck technology included so many states looking at different aspects of your program, best practices under way,
putting together our study with making sure that information is available back over to this project so we're not duplicating research.
We're coming out with the same kind of message in the FHWA investment as we are with the ash toe investment. Any questions on 254? That was a world win tour.
I'm sure Jim would have done a much better job on this. Ric do you have anything to add?
No. Working with this project, we've had numerous conference calls and after reviewing this, we think we've got a great product an we'll see -- and we'll see what comments there will be in October.
Okay. Thanks Ric. We have two questions typed in. I'm going to put them both to you Tom and Ric. Feel free to jump in. We have a little bit of time left, if you have any questions type them in.
Most agencies are under fiscal constraints essential bridge and pavement projects are not getting funded. What makes these projects compelling?
Let me take the first crack at that. This is the typical question.
When you are -- when you have critical pavement reconstruction projects, a deficient bridge in the capital program, a preference toward making these highly visible very obvious needs,
addressing them as soon as possible because you can measure the benefits that project delivery needs like that are very, very evident. Pronounced and very profound. Therefore, if you want to continue to be repairing bridges and pavements,
then don't do a lot of enforcement an don't care about what's going on out there.
Most trucks run legal. I really want to say that. They basically -- it's the small population of trucks that are illegally loaded.
Those are the ones that command Ric's attention. Those are the trucks that have incredible detriment on the short term. Can go to every seven years based on the loading.
Bridges having to be replaced never coming close to realize their expected service life and having to be replaced in half that time will continue to mount up huge capital needs if indeed,
we are not able to accommodate effective enforcement, keeping the trucks, not doing excessive damage to the illegal loading practices and not accelerating the maintenance needs that are going to keep mounting.
Enforcements not delivered effect Tivoli.
Do you have -- effectively.
I think that's why we're increasing our mobile details. We just did a mobile detail on a large company, where the employees became disgruntled and about the overweighted trucks and we actually put several out of service.
Now the company is complying.
We met several times.
Those with the mobile efforts that's exactly what it's going to have to take. We're going to have to increase our enforcement, but create partnerships with companies, making sure that everyone is in compliance.
What is the outlook for implementing a technology in a majority of the states in the mere midterm and long term future?
That's a very general question. Just about every state has deployed technology to weight detection in one way or another. There's a growing area of weigh and motion. Traditionally weigh
and motion technology was a major contributor to our long term pavement performance program, LTTP they were supporters of Wim. The support pavement research needs over finding now is we go back
and see the beauty of understanding approximate static weights of trucks using the technology. I don't want to get into the physics an dynamics and how well a WIM can represent the weight when it's traveling 70-miles an hour,
uneven distribution of load on it's back, however there is an approximate of knowing when it's illegally weighted. Ric I'm sure you hear the same thing every enforcement officer say, when we see an over loaded truck,
we want to bring them in and do extra enforcement because nine out of ten times we are going to be writing them a small book of citations that weight is not the only aspect of illegal practice that's coming in to play here.
Absolutely not. That gives us an opportunity to check that truck for safety issues.
In talking about a thousand pounds, if it can be adjusted, then we allow that truck to adjust. But there are other concerns that each state is concerned with. Making them safe for the motoring public.
Let me take bridgeway in motion.
Answer your question with regard to an innovative emerging technology.
Research frame work to develop the technology, subject it to the code environment. It was also introduced and subjected to the cost 323, weigh in motion equipment. For us to the a technology transfer in if U.S.,
the goal was to have the university of Alabama research team do a deployment successingly research it integrate it to Alabama DOT research program.
Highway patrol at the roadside to enhance the use of the technology for prescreening for enforcement, hold -- have a series of peer to peer events down in advantage to look at the technology
and the various aspects of how it benefits the DOT, how it benefits the highway patrol, move out with a peer fund -- pooled fund study and eventually move toward national deployment.
What we're talking about is a five to ten year time horizon to take a new emergencying technology and deploy it across the U.S. looking foreign answerments for truck enforcement on a very short orbed.
With the study what I'm seeing is a lot of interest in technology transfer among the states high level work going on.
Research community working with -- right now, starting to talk to each other big time, Indiana talking to Minnesota, research between those two states. Technology transfer occurring.
So deployment of new technologies on a peer to peer basis amongst the states it can happen over a 1-the year basis -- 3 year basis. Regarding the benefits of protecting infrastructure,
how well do the states make information available to each other. I'm seeing a tremendous support for each other out there through this technology study. Keep up the good work partners.
Ric anything else you wanted to add? Genome. Tom had finished it -- nope.
Tom has finished it eloquently.
We all have to work together on this and we can put the new technology and make it to our benefit and also industry's benefit. I think that's the direction we need to go and we need to expedite it.
We have one last quick question typed in before we close out.
I believe the question is asking, will the presentation for 254 be online?
Absolutely. No one is going to have any problems getting to these informational briefs. But the whole goal is to have it wide distribution and readily available.
Yes. We talked to Leo on that. It will definitely be available to review.
We see if at the executive level the presentations being made to the executives one ash toe, which are your state DOT commissioners and directors, once that's done, the distribution of the staff level becomes the reminder of hey,
remember this is what we are trying to work on and it ties to that.
It helps tie program delivery protecting the infrastructure. We're not trying to do truck enforcement we're trying to protect the infrastructure.
Thank you Tom an Ric. We're almost out of time. The freight peer to peer program.
The slide showing on the screen now has the web address.
Puts public sector freight transportation professionals in touch freight skills and knowledge.
The programs available to state DOTs, high weighty visions.
Learn more about this or arrange an exchange you can go to this website. As Tom mentioned,
the Arizona meeting with the Swiss officials we did model as a peer exchange where Washington state came in an they were able to learn what the Swiss had done. The next seminar is going to be held on October 15
and going to be on rising fuel prices and energy prices on global trade patterns. This was scheduled for last month.
We now rescheduled it for October 15. The seminar is not yet open for registration. It should be up by tomorrow. I'll send a note out to the list serve once the registration does open.
Check back form on the freight website and sign up for the seminar.
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