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Publication Number: FHWA-RD-02-101
Date: January 2003

FY 2002 Performance Report

Appendix A: RD&T Research Project Status Tables

The following charts detail TFHRC research and identify the goals that this research supports. The charts also indicate which projects were completed in FY 2002 and which ones are still ongoing for 2003 and beyond. The comment column provides reasons behind changes or deviations from the unit plan and schedule. Additionally, we included new projects that were not identified at the time the FY 2002/2003 Performance Plan was published.

Office of Infrastructure R&D
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Pavements/Asphalt
FHWA Dynamic Angle Validation
(DAV) Kit
Tom Harman
HRDI-11
202-493-3072
Mobility     X   Yes Oct-2003

Improved identification with Superpave gyratories compliance issues.

Funded by NCHRP, in partnership with the TRB.

A State-of-the-Practice Report in the Design of Crumb Rubber Material Kathy Petros
HRDI-11
202-493-3154
Mobility     X   No Mar-2003

Updated information on the design of crumb rubber asphalt.

The contractor had a health setback, which will delay completion of the project.

Evaluation of the Particle Additive Test (PAT) Report Jack Youtcheff
HRDI-11
202-493-3090
Mobility     X   Yes Dec-2002

New tool for assessing modified binder’s compatibility with the Superpave binder spec.

Funded by NCHRP, in partnership with
the TRB.

Evaluation of the Laboratory Asphalt Stability Test (LAST) Report Jack Youtcheff
HRDI-11
202-493-3090
Mobility       X Yes Complete

New tool for assessment of storage stability of modified binders.

Funded by NCHRP, in partnership with the TRB.

Pavements/Portland Cement Concrete (PCC)
Vibrating Slope Apparatus to Measure PCC Workability, Equipment and Test Method Marcia Simon
HRDI-12
202-493-3071
Mobility     X   Close Dec-2002

More meaningful assessment of concrete paving mixtures workability.

Some delays in fabrication have pushed back testing by 2-3 months.

Guidelines to Detect, Analyze, Treat, and/or Prevent Materials-Related Distress Steve Forster
HRDI-04
202-493-3070
Mobility       X Yes Complete Improved PCCP forensic analysis.
Reports in printing. Technology Transfer (T2 ) package received. The results should provide for more systematic forensic analysis of PCCP.
Updated Version of HIPERPAV Software Used to Prevent Early-Age Cracking of (Jointed Plain Concrete Pavement (JPCP) Fred Faridazar HRDI-12
202-493-3076
Mobility     X   Yes Jan-2003

Improved performance of PCCP.

Contract was revised to add software refinements and an expand product delivery effort (workshops and technical support). Work is 92 percent complete.

Guidelines to Select Curing Materials and Procedures Steve Forster
HRDI-04
202-493-3070
Mobility       X Yes Complete

Guidelines for improved PCCP Curing.

A draft final report has been completed and is under review.

Petrography Manual Steve Forster
HRDI-04
202-493-3070
Mobility     X   Yes Dec-2002

State-of-the-art petrographic manual
for PCC.

Adding new techniques, including scanning electron microscope analysis.

Guidelines on the Use of Recycled PCCP as Aggregate in New PCCP Steve Forster
HRDI-04
202-493-3070
Mobility     X   No Dec-2002

Research designs which consider recycled aggregate.

Principal investigator is no longer with the contractor. This may delay delivery of the final report.

Guidelines to Develop Statistical Quality Assurance Specifications Peter Kopac
HRDI-12
202-493-3051
Mobility     X   Yes Nov-2002

Enhanced quality and uniformity of State QA specifications.

Project is 95 percent complete; final reports are being prepared.

Freeze-Thaw Durability of Concrete Report Marcia Simon
HRDI-12
202-493-3071
Mobility     X   No Dec-2002

Enhanced understanding of the freeze-thaw durability of concrete having “marginal” air contents.

Laboratory testing delayed by equipment problems.

Pavements/LTPP
LTPP Database, Data Releases Aramis Lopez
HRDI-13
202-493-3145
Mobility       X Yes Complete

Make LTPP database available to the public. Two data releases completed during FY 2002 (In Jan. and July).

The January 2002 data is available at the LTPP customer support office.

Dynamic Test System Protocol Aramis Lopez
HRDI-13
202-493-3145
Mobility       X Yes Complete

Develop a new procedure to evaluate close-loop equipment.

Report completed and awaiting publication and 508 conversion.

DATAPAVE 3.0, CD-ROM Software Package Aramis Lopez
HRDI-13
202-493-3145
Mobility       X Yes Complete National software distribution to facilitate LTPP database usage.
National distribution was made during TRB, and the software was used during an FHWA professor training workshop.
Improved Specifications for Weigh-In-Motion (WIM) Larry Wiser
HRDI-13
202-493-3079
Mobility       X Yes Complete

Improved WIM technology.

The WIM specifications and guideline are available on the LTPP Web page.

Estimating Cumulative Traffic Loads Report Larry Wiser
HRDI-13
202-493-3079
Mobility       X Yes Complete

Study of State DOTs using the new axle load spectra procedures.

Report completed and is under technical and editorial review.

Joint and Crack Load Transfer in LTPP Test Sections Report Aramis Lopez
HRDI-13
202-493-3145
Mobility       X Yes Complete

Improve the understanding of PCCP joint and crack load transfer.

Report completed and awaiting publication and 508 conversion.

Verification of LTPP Virtual Weather Stations Report Aramis Lopez
HRDI-13
202-493-3145
Mobility       X Yes Complete

To determine accuracy and factors affecting virtual weather stations.

Report completed and awaiting publication and 508 conversion.

Pavements/Models
Mechanistic Pavement Models Bill Kenis
HRDI-10
202-493-3149
Mobility       X Yes Complete

Tools for mechanistic design of pavements.

Alpha systems for JSLAB & Vesyss pavement models available for use in designing pavements.

Pavements/Surface Analysis
Measuring and Evaluating PCCP Warp and Curl Dennis Sixbey
HRDI-10
202-493-3078
Mobility       X Yes Complete

Methods for evaluating and mitigating PCC warping.

Proof of concept study; conference paper (Best Paper Award); software development.

Structures/Steel
Designers Guide for High-Performance Steel Bridges (HPS) Bill Wright
HRDI-06
202-493-3053
Mobility/
Safety
      X Yes Complete

Provide consistent accurate design guidance.

Developed in cooperation with Western Resource Center (WRC).

Improved Fracture Toughness Specifications for High-Performance Steel Bill Wright
HRDI-06
202-493-3053
Mobility/
Safety
    X   Yes Dec-2003

Maximize the design and performance benefits of advanced steels.

Performance properties of HPS provide significant advantages in resistance to critical fracture not presently accounted for in design guidance.

Curved Girder Bridge Strength Prediction Equation Bill Wright
HRDI-06
202-493-3053
Mobility/
Safety
    X   Yes Dec-2003

Provide design guidance to AASHTO.

Critical input to design protocol for curved steel structures.

Corrugated Web Plates for Steel Girders Bill Wright
HRDI-06
202-493-3053
Mobility   X     Yes Dec-2003 Maximize bridge efficiency of design and capacity and maximize the efficiency of design for steel structures
Structures/Concrete
High-Performance Concrete (HPC) Data Base Joey Hartmann
HRDI-06
202-493-3059
Mobility   X     Yes Dec-2003

Analyze the effectiveness of new generation concrete structural materials.

Documenting the performance improvements obtained through the use of high performance concrete.

Structures/Timber
Design Guidance for Composite Timber Bridges Sheila Duwadi
HRDI-07
202-493-3106
Mobility/
Safety
  X     Yes Dec-2003 Provide guidance and assistance in fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) and glulam composite bridge design and construction.
Structures/Advanced Materials
Specifications for Highway Bridge Applications Using FRP Composites Eric Munley
HRDI-06
202-493-3046
Mobility     X   Yes Jun-2003 Provide design guidance for state highway bridge engineers.
Materials Spec-Accelerated Test-Based Specification Eric Munley
HRDI-06
202-493-3046
Mobility   X     Yes Dec-2003 Provide information regarding expected performance of FRP materials.
FRP Prestressing for Highway Bridges Eric Munley
HRDI-06
202-493-3046
Mobility   X     Yes Dec-2003 Provide engineering option that improves strength and eliminates corrosion.
Performance Specification and Acceptance Tests for FRP Bridge Decks and Superstructures Eric Munley
HRDI-06
202-493-3046
Mobility/
Safety
    X   Yes Dec-2003 Provide specification for the proper use of advanced materials.
Performance Specification and Acceptance Tests for FRP Bridge Decks and Superstructures Eric Munley
HRDI-06
202-493-3046
Mobility/
Safety
    X   Yes Dec-2003 Provide specification for the proper use of advanced materials.
Applied Engineering Hydraulics
Effects of Debris on Bridge Pier Scour J. Sterling Jones
HRDI-07
202-493-3043
Mobility/
Safety
        Yes Jun-2004

Experiments to account for debris in the pier scour equation.

Start was deferred to accommodate other requirements for the hydraulics flume.

Culvert Installation Provisions for AASHTO Bridge Specifications John O’Fallon
HRDI-07
202-493-3051
Mobility       X Yes Complete

Verified durability of aluminized coatings for metal pipe.

Proposed provisions provided to the Office of Bridge Technology. Also, presentation made at AASHTO Culvert Committee Meeting.

Improved Culvert Entrance Loss Prediction J. Sterling Jones
HRDI-07
202-493-3043
Mobility X       Yes Aug-2003

Provide design guidance for standard culvert inlets used by highway agencies.

Completed experiments on stepped down culvert diameters in series. Currently testing prefabricated versus cast-in-place (CIP) culvert inlets and multiple barrel hydraulics.

Applied Engineering/Aerodynamics
Mean Wind Force Coefficients for Hexagonal, Uniform, and Tapered Cylinders Hal Bosch
HRDI-07
202-493-3031
Mobility/
Safety
  X     Slightly behind Dec-2003

Provide more realistic coefficient for calculating wind load.

This study is slightly delayed due to rehabilitation of the wind tunnel and the slow fabrication and delivery of tapered models.

Stochastic Methods for Simulating 3-D Wind Flow Around Bridges Hal Bosch
HRDI-07
202-493-3031
Mobility/
Safety
  X     No Dec-2003

Provide new tool for simulation and analysis of wind effects on bridges.

This study has been put on hold due to budget cuts and limited access to the principal investigation.

Applied Engineering/Seismic
Seismic Retrofitting Manuals:
Part III: Special Bridges
Phil Yen
HRDI-07
202-493-3056
Mobility/
Safety
  X     Yes Dec-2004 Provide nationally applicable seismic design and retrofitting guidelines for special bridges.
A Risk-Based Methodology For Assessing the Seismic Performance of Lifeline Systems Report Phil Yen
HRDI-07
202-493-3056
Mobility/
Safety
  X     Yes Dec-2004

Tool to assist State bridge engineers in assessing loss estimation of earthquake damage.

A computer program was completed and a report published. This tool has been calibrated and validated by a demonstration project (Northridge earthquake case study).

Improved Seismic Design Provisions for AASHTO Bridge Specifications Phil Yen
HRDI-07
202-493-3056
Mobility     X   Yes Dec-2003

Provide recommended seismic design specifications for highway bridges.

Recommended seismic design specifications completed and proposed to AASHTO. More work required to adopt the specifications.

Applied Engineering/Geotechnology
Micropile Technology for Bridges Al DiMillio
HRDI-06
202-493-3035
Mobility   X     Yes Dec-2003

Provide design and retrofit guidance for the use of micropiles.

Particularly critical technology for retrofit of existing structures and structures with limited access for equipment.

Non-Nuclear Compaction Control Equipment Mike Adams
HRDI-06
202-493-3025
Mobility     X   Yes Feb-2003

Provide a more user-friendly compaction test method.

A means of accurately measuring construction compaction of soil without the need for a nuclear device.

Applied Engineering/Corrosion
Knowledge-Based Tools for Bridge Coatings Maintenance Decision Making Bob Kogler
HRDI-06
202-493-3080
Mobility     X   Yes Jun-2003

Provide coating assessment tools to resident bridge engineers.

Supplies a tool for conveniently assessing the condition of a coating on steel and provides options for repair.

Applied Engineering/Nondestructive Evaluation
Thermal Imaging System for
Crack Detection
Glenn Washer
HRDI-10
202-493-3082
Mobility   X     Yes Sep-2003 Method to detect cracks and prevent failure of steel structures.
HERMES II Ground Penetrating Radar System Glenn Washer
HRDI-10
202-493-3082
Mobility       X Yes Oct-2002

Tools to rapidly survey concrete decks for deficiencies.

System delivered; testing completed; report 99 percent complete.

Ultrasonic Methods for Health Monitoring of Prestressing Tendons Glenn Washer
HRDI-10
202-493-3082
Mobility X       Yes Sep-2004

Technology to prevent failures due to corrosion or tendon fracture.

Prototype sensors built and tested; patent application being completed.

Automated Ultrasonic Inspection Methods Glenn Washer
HRDI-10
202-493-3083
Mobility     X   Yes Jan-2003

Develop automated ultrasonic methods for quality assurance.

Field testing is currently ongoing.

Applied Engineering/ Bridge Management
WebNBI: Internet-Based Query and Analysis System for the National Bridge Inventory Database John Hooks
HRDI-10
202-493-3023
Mobility       X Yes Complete

Provide basis for effective bridge preventive maintenance and preservation.

WebNBI query system active and in use by FHWA HQ and field bridge engineers and planning staff.

Projects Not Reflected in 2002-2003 Plan
Risk-Based Countermeasure Selection for Scour Critical Bridges J. Sterling Jones
HRDI-07
202-493-3043
Mobility     X   Yes Mar-2003

Provide logical basis for prioritizing limited resources to protect scour in critical bridges.

Presented the concept at the 2002 Annual TRB meeting. Logic has been coded as an extension of the HYRISK model and is being evaluated by two Resource Centers. The HYRISK model is keyed to the NBI database and is currently being revised to include a switch between data based on 1995 and 2002 coding guides.

Infrared Thermography for Infrastructure Inspection Glenn Washer
HRDI-10
202-493-3082
Mobility     X   Yes Jun-2003

Technology for detecting delamination in bridge members.

System built; field testing underway.

Technical Expertise on Grout Issues Glenn Washer
HRDI-10
202-493-3082
Mobility   X     Yes Sep-2003

Technical assistance for inspection of post tensioned.

Ongoing consultation and project development

Management of Highway Runoff in Karst Areas Howard Jongedyk
HRDI-10
202-493-3077
Environment       X Yes Complete Techniques to prevent damage to sensitive geologies.
Air Pollution Models for Complex Site Geometries Howard Jongedyk
HRDI-10
202-493-3077
Environment       X Yes Complete

Techniques to evaluate impacts of toxic spills.

Model for dispersion of exhaust gases and toxic gases from chemical spills or terrorist attacks; applicable to complex urban sites and tunnels. Report printed.

Diffusion of Airborne Highway Pollutants Howard Jongedyk
HRDI-10
202-493-3077
Environment       X Yes Complete Methodology to mitigate impacts of airborne pollutants.
Smoothness Specifications Dennis Sixbey
HRDI-10
202-493-3078
Mobility   X     Yes Nov-2003

Improved pavement measurements made at highway speeds.

Determine accelerometer requirements for inertial profilers at speeds from 15 to 70 miles per hour.

Warp & Curl Analysis Software Dennis Sixbey
HRDI-10
202-493-3078
Mobility   X     Yes Nov-2003

Improved analysis and design of PCC pavements.

Software analysis package being developed.

Preliminary Laboratory Investigation of the Performance of Modified Asphalt Binders in Mixtures Kevin Stuart
HRDI-11
202-493-3073
Mobility       X Yes Complete

National refinement of Superpave binder specifications to fully capture the benefit of modified binders.

Funded by NCHRP, and the TRB Superpave Mix/Aggregate and Binder Expert Task Group (ETG).

Evaluation of the Proposed Simple Performance Test Kevin Stuart
HRDI-11
202-493-3073
Mobility X       Yes Jun-2003

New tool to improve the quality and performance of asphalt pavements.

Funded by Revenue Aligned Budget Authority (RABA); requested by AASHTO.

Evaluation of GSB-88 Emulsified Sealer Kevin Stuart
HRDI-11
202-493-3073
Mobility X       Yes Sep-2003

Product intended to increase pavement service life.

Congressionally-directed research activity.

Full-Scale Accelerated Performance Testing for Superpave and Structural Validation: Phase I - Construction Terry Mitchell
HRDI-11
202-493-3147
Mobility X       Yes May-2005

National Superpave binder spec. refinement to capture fully the benefit of modified binders.

Pooled fund study TPF-5(019) in partnership with the TRB Superpave Binder ETG.

Fundamental Properties of Asphalt and Modified Asphalts Ernie Bastian
HRDI-11
202-493-3075
Mobility     X   Yes Sep-2003

Expanded fundamental knowledge of asphalt and modified asphalts.

Congressionally-directed research activity.

Mixture-Specific Test Method for ASR Marcia Simon
HRDI-12
202-493-3071
Mobility   X     No Dec-2003

Improve performance of PCCP.
Prism testing began in July 2002.

Lengthy delay in testing due to equipment problems.

COST Web Site and Report Marcia Simon
HRDI-12
202-493-3071
Mobility       X Yes Completed

Web-based software to efficiently optimize concrete mix proportioning and achieve multiple performance criteria.

Web site is online at http://ciks.cbt.nist.gov/cost/

High-Energy Radiography for Structures Glenn Washer
HRDI-10
202-493-3083
Mobility   X     Yes Jan-2004

Technology field testing for imaging defects in concrete.

Ongoing field testing to evaluate capabilities of the method.

Preliminary Laboratory Investigation of the Performance of Modified Asphalt Binders in Mixtures Kevin Stuart
HRDI-11
202-493-3072
Mobility     X   Yes Dec-2002

Validation of proposed changes to the Superpave binder spec.

Funded by NCHRP and the TRB Superpave Binder and Mix/Aggregate ETG. National refinement of Superpave to fully capture the benefit of modified binders.

 

Office of Operations R&D
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Intelligent Vehicle Initiative (IVI) & Human Centered Systems Related Research
Intersection Collision & Roadway Crash Avoidance / Infrastructure Systems Concepts & Requirements Bob Ferlis
202-493-3268
Safety X       Yes Jan-2005  
Specialty Vehicles Technologies Evaluation Bob Ferlis
202-493-3268
Safety/
Mobility
    X   No Mar-2003 Lack of snow prevented evaluation of MnDOT intelligent snow plows in 2002.
Enhanced Digital Mapping Toni Wilbur
202-493-3269
Safety X       Yes Apr-2004  
Guidelines for In-Vehicle Display Icons Tom Granda
202-493-3365
Safety/
Mobility
      X Complete Jun-2002 Diverse industry working group guided development.
Transportation Management Center (TMC) National Pooled Fund Study Results Tom Granda
202-493-3365
Safety/
Mobility
  X     Yes Sep-2006 Developed several references for TMC operations.
Interactive Icon Evaluation Tool Tom Granda
202-493-3365
Safety/
Mobility
      X Yes Complete Diverse industry working group guided development. OEM suppliers expressed interest in the product.
Synthesis of practices addressing consistency in text-based messing for Advanced Traveler Information Systems (ATIS) Tom Granda
202-493-3365
Safety/
Mobility
  X     Yes Oct-2002 Review of ATIS operator practices in selecting, filtering, and assembling dynamic message sign (DMS) messages. Survey of the diverse text message delivery systems to understand the baseline system, the various types of messages being presented, and the decisionmaking processes for those messages.
Human Factors Review of ALERT Police Specialty Vehicle System Tom Granda
202-493-3365
Safety/
Mobility
      X Yes Complete Developed interface recommendations and a set of lessons learned for police in-vehicle information system (IVIS) designers/integrators.
Traffic Control & Operations
Adaptive Control Systems (ACS) - Development Deborah Curtis
202-493-3267
Mobility       X Yes Complete Weather and evacuation papers prepared; product handoff to Office of Operations done.
ACS - Field Test Raj Ghaman
202-493-3270
Mobility     X   Yes Dec-2002  
ACS “Lite” Version Software Felipe Luyanda
202-493-3368
Mobility X       Yes Sep-2003  
Ramp Metering 2000 Software Deborah Curtis
202-493-3267
      X   No Mar-2003 Working with Office of Operations to determine next steps for product. Contract issues were resolved.
DynaMIT - A Prototype for the Real-Time Traffic Estimation and Prediction System (TrEPS) Henry Lieu
202-493-3273
Mobility     X   Yes Dec-2004 A work plan for implementing DynaMIT in Los Angeles is being developed.
DYNASMART-X - A Prototype for the Real-Time Traffic Estimation and Prediction System (TrEPS) Henry Lieu
202-493-3273
Mobility     X   Yes Jun-2005 A work plan for the real-time implementation of DYNASMART-X in Houston is being planned.
Traffic Detector Handbook Dave Gibson
202-493-3271
Safety/
Mobility/
Environment
  X     Yes Dec-2002 Describes design requirements, installation, and maintenance procedures for transportation sensors.
Traffic Control Systems Handbook Raj Ghaman
202-493-3270
Mobility         Yes Dec-2003 FY 2003 funds to be obligated.
Freeway Management Handbook Felipe Luyanda
202-493-3368
Mobility/
Productivity
X       Yes Jun-2003  
Winter Weather Maintenance Decision Support Systems Rudy Persaud
202-493-3391
Safety/
Mobility/
Productivity/
Environment
    X   Yes 2003  
Support to Office of Operations on Devices (MUTCD) Signing Issues Tom Granda
202-493-3365
Safety/
Mobility
  X     Yes Nov-2002

Role of FHWA in In-Vehicle Information

Revised completion date due to delayed startup by contractor. Percent complete remains the same because only 50 percent was received to date.

Traffic Simulation Modeling
Next Generation Simulation Modeling (NGSIM) Gene McHale
202-493-3275
Mobility         Yes Dec-2007  
DYNASMART-P - A Prototype for the Traffic Estimation and Prediction System for Operations Planning (TrEPS-P) Henry Lieu
202-493-3273
Mobility     X   Yes Jan-2004  
DynaMIT-P - A Prototype for the Traffic Estimation and Prediction System for Operations Planning Henry Lieu
202-493-3273
Mobility     X   Yes Dec-2004  
Strategic Work Zone Analysis Tools (SWAT) Deborah Curtis
202-493-3267
    X     Yes Dec-2004  
QuickZone Work Zone Delay Estimation Tool Deborah Curtis
202-493-3267
      X   Yes Dec-2002  
Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS) Base Stations Jim Arnold
202-493-3265
Safety/
Mobility/
Productivity/
Environment/
Security
        Yes Dec-2005  
NDGPS Coverage Verification Test Jig Jim Arnold
202-493-3265
Safety/
Mobility/
Productivity/
Environment/
Security
X       Yes Dec-2005  
GPS Surface Observation System Installation for Integrated Precipitable Water Vapor (IPWV) Jim Arnold
202-493-3265
Rudy Persaud
202-493-3391
Safety/
Mobility/
Productivity/
Environment/
Security
  X     Yes Dec-2005  
Projects Not Reflected in 2002-2003 Plan
Surface Transportation Security and Reliability Information System Model Deployment Toni Wilbur
202-493-3269
Safety/
Mobility/
Security
        Yes Dec-2007  
Traffic Software Integrated System (TSIS) Raj Ghaman
202-493-3270
Gene McHale
202-493-3275
Mobility       X Yes N/A  
High Accuracy-NDGPS Jim Arnold
202-493-3265
Safety/
Mobility/
Productivity/
Environment/
Security
X       Yes Dec-2007 Research program to evaluate the potential for achieving very high accuracy navigation solutions using existing infrastructure.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for Aerial Surveillance Dave Gibson
202-493-3271
Safety/
Mobility
    X   Yes Dec-2003 Uses model airplane for traffic surveillance and potential transportation system inspections.




Office of Safety R&D
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Run Off Road: Mitigation
Simulation and Analysis of Vehicle Crashes into Mailboxes Charlie McDevitt
202-493-3313
Safety   X     Yes Dec-2002 Develop models for analysis of vehicle crashes into vandal-resistant mailboxes.
Finite Element Model of a Tractor-Trailer and Wood Materials for Guardrails Martin Hargrave
202-493-3311
Safety     X   Yes Dec-2002 Develop models for use in crash test simulations and analyses.
Rollover Causation Study, Interim Report Mort Oskard
202-493-3339
Safety       X Yes Complete Identify causal factors that lead up to rollover crashes.
Side Impact Human Injury Methodology for Future Crash Tests Martin Hargrave
202-493-3311
Safety             Cancelled
TRB will include in update to 350.
Run Off Road Prevention: Design
Interactive Highway Safety Design Model (IHSDM) - Complete Model Beta Test Ray Krammes
202-493-3312
Safety     X   Yes Nov-2002 This suite of safety evaluation software modules incorporates available knowledge about roadway safety and geometric design into a more useful format for highway planners and designers.
IHSDM - Crash Prediction Module
Beta Test
Ray Krammes
202-493-3312
Safety       X Yes Complete Beta testing is in progress.
IHSDM - Intersection Diagnostic Review Module Beta Test Ray Krammes
202-493-3312
Safety     X   Yes Nov-2002 This suite of safety evaluation software modules incorporates available knowledge about roadway safety and geometric design into a more useful format for highway planners and designers.
IHSDM - Traffic Analysis Module Beta Test Ray Krammes
202-493-3312
Safety     X   Yes Nov-2002 This suite of safety evaluation software modules incorporates available knowledge about roadway safety and geometric design into a more useful format for highway planners and designers.
IHSDM - Driver/Vehicle Module Beta Test Ray Krammes
202-493-3312
Safety     X   No Sep-2004 This module needs additional work, which we are deferring to FY 2003/2004. It will not be part of the 2002 release of IHSDM.
Guidelines for Assuring Systemwide Adequacy of Traffic Sign Visibility
at Night
Carl Andersen
202-493-3366
Safety         Not Started Sep-2003 Efforts to finalize the tables of minimum requirements for traffic sign retroreflectivity have slightly delayed the start of this effort.
Updated Minimum Levels for Pavement Marking Retroreflectivity Kenneth Opiela
202-493-3371
Safety     X   No Jun-2003 Progress was made in verifying and validating past efforts, but the need to revise the sign retroreflectivity values has delayed completion of this effort.
Night Driving and Lighting Requirements for the Older Driver Kenneth Opiela
202-493-3371
Safety       X Yes Complete The draft final report is expected next month.
Field Guide for the Use of Portable Changeable Message Signs Thomas Granda
202-493-3365
Safety     X   No Dec-2002 Waiting to determine how proposed changes in the Federal regulations will affect the handbook. Once proposed changes are ratified, it can be completed.
Requirements for LED Traffic Signals Carl Andersen
202-493-3366
Safety         Yes Sep-2003 Not started. Exploring cooperative agreement with NIST.
Minimum Fluorescent Requirements for Traffic Signs Carl Andersen
202-493-3366
Safety X       Yes Aug-2003 Delayed due to difficulty in finding specifically configured fluorescent material.
Enhanced Night Visibility Project Follow Up Study Results Carl Andersen
202-493-3366
Safety         Yes Dec-2004 Initial project extended through 5/31/04.
Pedestrian & Bicyclist
Pedestrian Facilities Safety User Guide Ann Do
202-493-3319
Safety       X Yes Complete Provide information on how to identify the safety and mobility needs of pedestrians within roadway rights-of-way.
Recommendations for Future Design of Crosswalk Signals Thomas Granda
202-493-3365
Safety       X Yes Complete Research completed and draft report undergoing analysis and review.
Design Criteria Based on the Non-motorists Perception of Speed           X Yes Complete Submitted report; results were presented at ITE in August.
Speed Management
Results of Field Tests on Impacts of Setting and Enforcing Rational Speed Limits Davey Warren
202-493-3318
Safety X       Yes Dec-2004 Results from first wave of demonstration projects due 8/28/03.
USLIMITS: A Preliminary Expert System for Speed Zoning Davey Warren
202-493-3318
Safety       X Yes Aug-2002 Beta version available for testing.
Recommended Designs for Hump Signs and Markings Thomas Granda
202-493-3365
Safety   X     No Aug-2002 Project delayed due to changes in the MUTCD. It now has guidelines for hump signs.
Prototype Variable Speed Limit Systems in Work Zones Davey Warren
202-493-3318
Safety X       Yes Aug-2003 Field testing completed in Michigan; testing in Maryland planned for 8/2002; testing in Virginia not to begin until 2003 construction season.
Variable Speed Limit Technical Assessment Plan Davey Warren
202-493-3318
Safety   X     No Jul-2003 A report on judicial enforcement of variable speed limits was published in March 2002 as Legal Research Digest Number 47.
Intersections
Safety and Operational Impacts of Offset “T” Intersections Joe Bared
202-493-3314
Safety       X Yes Complete Traffic safety conference on three continents, Published in TRIS, 2002.
Accident Warrant for Traffic Signals Davey Warren
202-493-3318
Safety       X Yes Complete Draft report.
Safety Recommendations for Novel Intersection Designs Joe Bared
202-493-3314
Safety X       Yes Sep-2003 Determine and analyze user responses to various alternatives for signage and marking at novel intersections.
Driver Selection of Path and Speed Through Roundabouts Thomas Granda
202-493-3365
Safety       X Yes Nov-2002 Research completed; draft report undergoing review.
Functional Requirements for Microsimulation-Based Surrogate Safety Measures at Intersections Joe Bared
202-493-3314
Safety       X Yes Complete Surrogate measures and functional specifications are completed. The intersections algorithm is still in progress.
Traffic Operations and Safety Comparisons of Single Point Urban Interchange with Tight Diamond Interchange               Complete A traffic operational performance analysis paper was presented at the 5th Access Management Conference and will be published in the conference proceedings. The safety analysis is still in progress.
Human Centered Systems
Revised Older Driver Design Handbook                 Handbook, guidelines, and recommendations are on the TFHRC Web site.
Projects Not Reflected in 2002-2003 Plan
Retroreflective raised pavement markers (RRPM) Research - Highway Driving Simulator (HYSIM) study Thomas Granda
202-493-3365
Safety     X   Yes Dec-2002 Added 7/9/2002, about 90% completed.
RRPMs Research - field validation study Thomas Granda
202-493-3365
Safety   X     Yes Dec-2002 Added 7/9/2002.
RRPMs Research - second HYSIM study Thomas Granda
202-493-3365
Safety X       Yes Jun-2003 Added 7/9/2002.
Projects conducted in collaboration with other offices
Intersection Collision & Roadway Departure Crash Avoidance-Infrastructure Systems Concepts and Requirements Robert Ferlis
202-493-3268
Safety            

Reported by Bob Ferlis in Operations R&D Projects and Services report.

See listing in Operations section.

Transportation Management Center National Pooled Fund Study Results Thomas Granda
202-493-3365
Safety            

Shown on Operations R&D Projects and Services report.

See listing in Operations section.


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