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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-04-083

FY 2003 Performance Report

Appendix A: R&D Research Project Status, 5 photos included: law enforcement officer, date modeling, rumble strips, lab, snow plow

The following charts detail TFHRC research and identify the goals that this research supports. The charts also indicate which projects were completed in FY 2003 and which ones are still ongoing for 2004 and beyond. The comment column provides reasons behind changes or deviations from the unit plan and schedule. In addition, we’ve 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
Evaluation of the Laboratory Asphalt Stability Test 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 TRB.

Evaluation of the Particle Additive Test Report
Jack Youtcheff
HRDI-11
202–493–3090
Mobility       X Yes Complete

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

Funded by NCHRP in partnership with TRB.

FHWA Dynamic Angle Validation Kit
Tom Harman
HRDI-11
202–493–3072
Mobility       X Yes Complete

Improved calibration of Superpave gyratories to address compliance issues.

Funded by NCHRP in partnership with TRB.

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

Updated information on the design of crumb rubber asphalt.

The contractor had numerous health setbacks, which are delaying completion of the project.

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion Status (Percent) On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Pavements/Portland Cement Concrete (PCC)
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 printed. T2 package received.
Workshop being considered. The results should provide for more systematic forensic analysis of PCCP.

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

Guidelines for improved PCCP curing.

Draft final reports under review.

Guidelines to Develop Statistical Quality Assurance Specifications
Peter Kopac
HRDI-12
202–493–3051
Mobility     X   Yes Oct 2003

Enhanced quality and uniformity of State quality assurance specifications.

Project is 99 percent complete; final report is being prepared.

Freeze-Thaw Durability of Concrete Report

Marcia Simon
HRDI-12
202–493–3071
Mobility     X   No Dec 2003

Enhanced understanding of the freezethaw durability of concrete having “marginal” air contents.

Laboratory testing delayed by equipment problems. Final report writing has begun.

Guidelines on the Use of Recycled PCCP as Aggregate in New PCCP
Steve Forster
HRDI-04
202–493–3070
Mobility     X   No Dec 2003

Research designs that consider recycled aggregate.

Principal investigator is no longer with the contractor, which has delayed delivery of the final report.

Petrography Manual
Steve Forster
HRDI-04
202–493–3070
Mobility     X   No Dec 2003

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

Adding new techniques, including scanning electron microscope analysis. Draft report has been reviewed.

Vibrating Slope Apparatus to Measure PCC Workability, Equipment, and Test Method
Marcia Simon
HRDI-12
202–493–3071
Mobility     X   Yes Dec 2003

More meaningful assessment of concrete paving mixtures workability.

Work being coordinated with the University of Texas.

HIPERPAV Software for Jointed Plain Concrete Pavement and CRCP Performance Behavior
Fred Faridazar
HRDI-12
202–493–3076
Mobility     X   Yes Jan 2004

Improved performance of PCCP.

Contract was revised to add software refinements and an expand product delivery effort (workshops and technical support). Work is 98 percent complete.

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Pavements/LTPP
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 the TRB annual meeting, and the software was used during an FHWA professor training workshop.

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. 508 conversion is underway.

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. It will be published in April 2004.

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.

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 is in the final stages of publication.

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 2003 (January and July). The July 2003 data are available at the LTPP customer support office (LTPPInfo@fhwa.dot.gov)

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.

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
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 and Vesyss pavement models available for use in designing pavements.

 

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Pavements/Surface Anaylsis
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.

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Structures/Steel
Curved Girder Bridge Strength Prediction Equation
Bill Wright
HRDI-06
202–493–3053
Mobility/Safety       X Yes Complete

Provide design guidance to AASHTO.

Critical input to design protocol for curved steel structures.

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 the FHWA Resouce Center.

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.
Improved Fracture Toughness Specifications for HPS
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 currently accounted for in design guidance.

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Structures/Concrete
HPC Database
Joey Hartmann
HRDI-06
202–493–3059
Mobility     X   Yes Dec 2003

Analyze the effectiveness of new generation concrete structural materials.

Document the performance improvements obtained through the use of HPC.

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Structures/Timber
Design Guidance for Composite Timber Bridges
Sheila Duwadi
HRDI-07
202–493–3106
Mobility/Safety   X     No Indefinite

Provide guidance and assistance in fiberreinforced polymer (FRP) and glulam composite bridge design and construction.

Funds are not available to complete this study.

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Structures/Advanced Materials
Specifications for Highway Bridge Applications Using FRP Composites
Eric Munley
HRDI-06
202–493–3046
Mobility       X Yes Complete Provide design guidance for State highway bridge engineers.
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.
Materials Specifications: Accelerated Test-Based Specification
Eric Munley
HRDI-06
202–493–3046
Mobility     X   Yes Dec 2003 Provide information regarding expected performance of FRP 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.

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Applied Engineering/Hydraulics
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.

Presentation made at AASHTO Culvert Committee Meeting.

Effects of Debris on Bridge Pier Scour
J. Sterling Jones
HRDI-07
202–493–3043
Mobility/Safety       X Yes Complete This study was selected as a NCHRP project 24-26 for FY 2004.
Improved Culvert Entrance Loss Prediction
J. Sterling Jones
HRDI-07
202–493–3043
Mobility   X     No June 2004 Test hydraulic performance of prefabricated vs. field cast culvert inlets is currently underway, but is behind schedule due to difficulties getting models fabricated.

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Applied Engineering/Aerodynamics
Mean Wind Force Coefficients for Hexagonal, Uniform, and Tapered Cylinders
Hal Bosch
HRDI-07
202–493–3031
Mobility/Safety   X     No Dec 2004

Provide more realistic coefficient for calculating wind load.

This study is slightly delayed due to rehabilitation of the wind tunnel and the slow fabrication of tapered models. The models have now been delivered, but the study has been delayed further due to limited funds.

Stochastic Methods for Simulating 3-D Wind Flow Around Bridges
Hal Bosch
HRDI-07
202–493–3031
Mobility/Safety   X     No Dec 2005

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

This study is on hold due to budget cuts and limited access to the principal investigator. Funding is now available and the project has restarted. Documentation from previous work has been delivered.

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Applied Engineering/Seismic
Improved Seismic Design Provisions for AASHTO Bridge Specifications
Phil Yen
HRDI-07
202–493–3056
Mobility     X   Yes Jun 2004

Provide recommended seismic design specifications for highway bridges.

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

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).

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.

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Applied Engineering/Geotechnology
Non-Nuclear Compaction Control Equipment
Mike Adams
HRDI-06
202–493–3025
Mobility       X Yes Complete

Provide a more user-friendly compaction test method.

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

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.

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Applied Engineering/Corrosion
Knowledge-Based Tools for Bridge Coatings Maintenance Decisionmaking
Bob Kogler
HRDI-06
202–493–3080
Mobility       X Yes Complete

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.

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Applied Engineering/Nondestructive Evaluation
Automated Ultrasonic Inspection Methods
Glenn Washer
HRDI-10
202–493–3082
Mobility     X   Yes Dec 2003

Reduce the cost of steel bridge fabrication by using innovative technologies.

The initial study is completed; the final report is being prepared.

Thermal Imaging System for Crack Detection
Glenn Washer
HRDI-10
202–493–3082
Mobility     X   No Sep 2004

Method to detect cracks and prevent failure of steel structures.

Test setup complete, vendor has not supplied necessary equipment.

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

Technology to prevent failures due to corrosion or tendon fracture.

Prototype sensors built and tested; health monitoring applications currently being tested.

HERMES II Ground-Penetrating Radar System
Glenn Washer
HRDI-10
202–493–3082
    X     Yes Oct 2005

Tools to rapidly survey concrete decks for deficiencies.

Prototype system undergoing expanded testing under a new work plan in cooperation with State partners.

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Applied Engineering/Bridge Management
WebNBI: Internet-Based Query and Analysis System for the NBI 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.

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Projects Not Reflected in 2002–2003 Plan
Abutment Scour Field Data
J. Sterling Jones
HRDI-07
202–493–3043
Mobility/Safety       X Yes Complete

Provide database with field data from South Carolina for comparison with predictions based on FHWA guidelines and new procedures being developed.

Data report will be published as a U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report. It will be provided to researchers for NCHRP Project 24-20, “Prediction of Abutment Scour.”

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.

Cost Analysis for Innovative Bridge Coatings Methods
Bob Kogler
HRDI-06
202–493–3080
Mobility       X Yes Complete Comparative cost information for bridge coating rehabilitation projects.
COST Web Site and Report
Marcia Simon
HRDI-12
202–493–3071
Mobility       X Yes Complete

Web-based software to efficiently optimize concrete mix proportioning and achieve multiple performance criteria. Final report was submitted for printing.

Web site: http://ciks.cbt.nist.gov/cost/.

Diffusion of Airborne Highway Pollutants
Howard Jongedyk
HRDI-10
202–493–3077
Environment       X Yes Complete Methodology to mitigate impacts of airborne pollutants.
Full-Scale Accelerated Performance Testing for Superpave and Structural Validation: Phase I—Construction
Terry Mitchell
HRDI-11
202–493–3147
Mobility       X Yes Complete National Superpave binder specification 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 Complete

Expanded fundamental knowledge of asphalt and modified asphalts.

Congressionally directed research activity.

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.
Performance Measures on the Benefits of Infrastructure RD&T
Shiela Duwadi
HRDI-07
202–493–3106
Mobility       X Yes Complete A new framework for measuring the benefits of research.
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. Validation of proposed changes to the Superpave binder specifications.

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

Risk-Based Countermeasure Selection for Scour Critical Bridges
J. Sterling Jones
HRDI-07
202–493–3043
Mobility       X Yes Complete

The HYRISK model has been posted on the FHWA bridge technology Web site at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/engineering/hydraulics/.

HYRISK is keyed to the National Highway Institute (NHI) database and has been revised to prioritize bridges from information based on the 2001 coding guide. HYRISK has a component for a risk-based selection of countermeasures for bridges with limited service life that will be a starting point for NCHRP 24-25.

Asset Management Suite of Pavement Models
Bill Kenis
HRDI-10
202–493–3149
      X   Yes Nov 2003

Life-cycle costing analysis for pavements.

Suite of models being developed.

Studies to Better Understand the Performance of Bridges Subjected to Near-Source Ground Motions (NSGM)
Hamid Ghasemi
HRDI-07
202–493–3042
Mobility/Safety     X   Yes Nov 2003

Studied the characteristics of NSGM.

Analyzed the performance of Bolu Viaduct in Turkey, subjected to NSGM by generating synthetic records. A technical report will be generated.

Warp and 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.

High-Energy Radiography for Structures
Glenn Washer
HRDI-10
202–493–3082
Mobility     X   Yes Jan 2004

Develop technology for detecting subsurface defects in concrete and steel bridges.

Ongoing field testing to evaluate capabilities of the method; guidelines for field application being developed.

Technical Expertise on Grout Issues
Glenn Washer
HRDI-10
202–493–3082
Mobility     X   Yes Jan 2004

Technical assistance for inspection of post-tensioned bridges.

Ongoing consultation and project development.

An Educational Guide to the History of Covered Bridges in the United States
Shiela Duwadi
HRDI-07
202–493–3106
Mobility     X   Yes Feb 2004 A guide designed to provide standards with a basic understanding of covered bridges.
Covered Bridge Manual
Shiela Duwadi
HRDI-07
202–493–3106
Safety     X   Yes Feb 2004 A guide to rehabilitate, restore, preserve, and reconstruct historic covered bridges.
Mixture-Specific Test Method for Alkali- Silica Reactivity
Marcia Simon
HRDI-12
202–493–3071
Mobility   X     No Apr 2004

Improve performance of PCCP.

Continued delay in testing due to equipment problems. Expected resolution by October 2003.

Evaluation of the Proposed Simple Performance Test
Kevin Stuart
HRDI-11
202–493–3073
Mobility   X     Yes Jun 2004

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

Funded by Revenue Aligned Budget Authority; requested by AASHTO.

Infrared Thermography for Infrastructure Inspection
Glenn Washer
HRDI-10
202–493–3082
Mobility     X   Yes Jun 2004

Technology for detecting delamination in bridge members.

System built; new software developed; field testing underway.

Guidelines for Achieving High Levels of Smoothness Without Sacrificing PCC Performance
Peter Kopac
HRDI-12
202–493–3151
Mobility     X   Yes Jul 2004

Guidance to assure high smoothness and performance levels.

Field testing and data collection underway.

Corrosion Control Design Guidance for Bridges
Bob Kogler
HRDI-06
202–493–3080
Mobility X       Yes Sep 2004 Provide bridge engineers with knowledge and guidance to design more durable structures.
Smoothness Specifications
Dennis Sixbey
HRDI-10
202–493–3078
      X   Yes Sep 2004

Improved pavement measurements made at highway speeds.

Phases I and II—Determination of accelerometer requirements for inertial profilers at speeds from 24–120 kilometers per hour complete.

Possible Phase III being considered.

Synthesis—Bridge Surveillance and Security Technologies
Shiela Duwadi
HRDI-07
202–493–3106
Security X       Yes Oct 2004 Provide guidance on selection and implementation of bridge and tunnel security and surveillance systems.
Compendium of Knowledge on Pavement Models
Bill Kenis
HRDI-10
202–493–3149
Mobility     X   Yes Dec 2004 Text being written on basic principles of pavement models and analysis.
Feasibility of Bridge Design for Near-Fault Ground Motions
Hamid Ghasemi
HRDI-07
202–493–3042
Mobility/Safety X       Yes Dec 2004 Develop simplified design procedures for bridges built close to an active fault.
Evaluation of GSB-88 Emulsified Sealer
Kevin Stuart
HRDI-11
202–493–3073
Mobility   X     Yes Sep 2005

Product intended to increase pavement service life.

Congressionally directed research activity.

Design and Material Specifications for FRP/Glulam Bridges
Shiela Duwadi
HRDI-07
202–493–3106
Mobility/Safety     X   Yes Oct 2005 New specifications for adoption by AASHTO.

 

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) and Human Centered Systems
Guidelines for In-Vehicle Display Icons
Tom Granda
HRDS-07
202–493–3365
Safety/Mobility       X Yes Complete Diverse industry working group guided development. Original equipment manufacturer suppliers expressed interest in the product.
Synthesis of Practices Addressing Consistency in Text-Based Messaging for Advanced Traveler Information Systems (ATIS)
Tom Granda
HRDS-07
202–493–3365
Safety/Mobility       X Yes Complete Review of ATIS operator practices in selecting, filtering, and assembling dynamic message sign 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.
Specialty Vehicles Technologies Evaluation
Randy VanGorder
HRD0-03
202–493–3266
Safety/Mobility     X   No Nov 2003 Final review of evaluation report in progress. Minnesota DOT resubmitting final reports in HTML format for 508 compliance and Web posting.
Enhanced Digital Mapping
Toni Wilbur
HRD0-01
202–493–3269
Safety     X   Yes Apr 2004 A cooperative partnership with industry to develop specifications and improve driver assistance systems.
Intersection Collision and Roadway Crash Avoidance/Infrastructure Systems Concepts and Requirements
Bob Ferlis
HRDO-02
202–493–3268
Safety X       Yes Jan 2005 Organized as a pooled fund project to develop functional requirements and demonstration systems for infrastructure-based intersection collision avoidance systems.
Transportation Management Center (TMC) National Pooled Fund Study Results
Tom Granda
HRDS-07
202–493–3365
Safety/Mobility   X     Yes Sep 2006 Developed several references for TMC operations. For more information, see the pooled fund Web site at http://tmcpfs.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/index.cfm.

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Traffic Control and Operations
ACS—Development
Deborah Curtis
HRDO-03
202–493–3267
Mobility       X Yes Complete Weather and evacuation papers prepared; product handoff to Office of Operations done. Preparing one-page marketing tool.
ACS—Field Test
Raj Ghaman
HRDO-03
202–493–3270
Mobility       X Yes Complete  
Freeway Management Handbook

James Colyar
HRDO-03
202–493–3282

 

Mobility/ Productivity       X Yes Complete Updated and revised handbook. Will be available for free download in December 2003. For more information, visit www.nawgits.com/icdn/fmoh.html.
Traffic Control Systems Handbook
Raj Ghaman
HRDO-03
202–493–3270
Mobility     X   Yes Dec 2003 Update underway.
ACS “Lite” Version Software
Gene McHale
HRDO-03
202–493–3275
Mobility   X     Yes Jan 2004 Software development expected to be complete in December 2003. Hardware interface under development; expected late 2003. Lab testing expected June 2004. Field testing expected July 2005. Final report and evaluation expected October 2005.
Traffic Detector Handbook
Dave Gibson
HRDO-04
202–493–3271
Safety/ Mobility/ Environment     X   Yes Jul 2004 An update to the handbook describes design requirements, installation, and maintenance procedures for transportation sensors. Update complete; currently making report 508 compliant.
Winter Weather Maintenance Decision Support Systems

Randy VanGorder
HRDO-03
202–493–3266

Rudy Persaud
HRDO-04
202–493–3391

Safety/ Mobility/ Productivity/ Environment     X   Yes Oct 2004 The demonstration has been extended through FY 2004 to take the evaluations and lessons learned from the first demonstration to enhance and better refine the system.
Support to Office of Operations on Devices—Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) Signing Issues
Tom Granda
HRDS-07
202–493–3365
Safety/Mobility   X     Yes Nov 2004

Role of FHWA regarding in-vehicle information.

Phase II to begin in FY 2004.

Ramp Metering 2000 Software
Deborah Curtis
HRDO-03
202–493–3267
Mobility       X Yes Dec 2004 Working with Office of Operations to determine next steps for product. Contract issues were resolved. Software development completed May 2003. Currently performing simulation evaluation. Field test planned for summer 2004.
DynaMIT—Field Test in Los Angeles, CA
Henry Lieu
HRDO-03
202–493–3273
Mobility X       Yes Feb 2006 This project integrates CLAIRE, DynaMIT and Advanced Incident Detection Algorithm in Los Angeles, CA for real-time traffic management on arterials. The project started in September 2003.
DynaSMART-X—Field Test in Houston, TX
Henry Lieu
HRDO-03
202–493–3273
Mobility X       Yes Mar 2006 This project integrates CLAIRE, DynaSMART-X and RHODES in Houston, TX. FHWA will provide Texas DOT with the three software packages for field test. The project is scheduled to start by late 2003.

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Traffic Simulation Modeling
DynaSMART-P—Release and Technical Support
Henry Lieu
HRDO-03
202–493–3273
Mobility       X Yes Jan 2004 DynaSMART-P will be released to the public in early 2004.
QuickZone Work Zone Delay Estimation Tool
Deborah Curtis
HRDO-03
202–493–3267
Mobility/ Productivity     X     Jan 2004 Working on cost-estimate tool. QuickZone 2.0 to be released January 2004.
Strategic Work Zone Analysis Tools (SWAT)
Deborah Curtis
HRDO-03
202–493–3267
Mobility/ Productivity   X     Yes Dec 2004 Working on impact-analysis tools.
GPS Surface Observation System Installation for Integrated Precipitable Water Vapor (IPWV)

Jim Arnold
HRDO-04
202–493–3265

Rudy Persaud
HRDO-04
202–493–3391

Safety/ Mobility/ Productivity/ Environment/ Security   X     Yes Dec 2005 Install GPS surface observation system packages at NDGPS sites to calculate the IPWV from the accurate measurements of the GPS signal delay caused by atmospheric water vapor.
NDGPS Base Stations
Jim Arnold
HRDO-04
202–493–3265
Safety/ Mobility/ Productivity/ Environment/ Security   X     Yes Dec 2005  
NDGPS Coverage Verification Test Jig
Jim Arnold
HRDO-04
202–493–3265
Safety/ Mobility/ Productivity/ Environment/ Security X       Yes Dec 2005  
DynaMIT-P—Field Test in Hampton Roads, VA
Henry Lieu
HRDO-03
202–493–3273
Mobility X       Yes Jan 2006 The project began in May 2003.
Next Generation Simulation Modeling
Gene McHale
HRDO-03
202–493–3275
Mobility X       Yes Dec 2007  

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Projects Not Reflected in 2002—2003 Plan
Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorological Education and Training for Road Weather Forecasting
Rudy Persaud
HRDO-04
202–493–3391
Safety/ Mobility     X   Yes Jan 2004 This project will create a mesoscale network of hourly weather observations using Roadway Weather Information Systems. Final report being compiled.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Aerial Surveillance
Dave Gibson
HRDO-04
202–493–3271
Safety/ Mobility     X   Yes Mar 2004 Uses model airplane for traffic surveillance and potential transportation system inspections.
Surface Transportation Security and Reliability Information System Model Deployment
Toni Wilbur
HRDO-01
202–493–3269
Safety/ Mobility/ Security X       Yes May 2007  
High-Accuracy Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (HA-NDGPS)
Jim Arnold
HRDO-04
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.
Traffic Software Integrated System (TSIS)

Raj Ghaman
HRDO-03
202–493–3270

Gene McHale
HRDO-03
202–493–3275

Mobility       X Yes N/A Software maintenance ongoing.

 

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-the-Road Prevention: Design
IHSDM—2003 Public Release Ray Krammes
HRDS-05
202–493–3312
Safety         Yes Complete 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.
Night Driving and Lighting Requirements for the Older Driver Kenneth Opiela
HRDS-05
202–493–3371
Safety       X Yes Complete Final report completed and in print.
Updated Minimum Levels for Pavement Marking Retroreflectivity Kenneth Opiela
HRDS-05
202–493–3371
Safety     X   No Rescheduled Jan 2004 Progress has been made in verifying and validating past efforts, but the need to revise the sign retroreflectivity values has delayed completion of this effort; 9-month extension is anticipated for this project.
Minimum Fluorescent Requirements for Traffic Signs Carl Andersen
HRDS-05
202–493–3366
Safety X       No Mar 2004 Delayed due to difficulty in finding specifically configured fluorescent material.
Guidelines for Assuring Systemwide Adequacy of Traffic Sign Visibility at Night Kenneth Opiela
HRDS-05
202–493–3371
Safety X       Yes Jun 2004 Tables of minimum requirements for traffic sign retroreflectivity have been completed, IDIQ with TTI initiated.
Enhanced Night Visibility Project Followup Study Results Carl Andersen
HRDS-05
202–493–3366
Safety   X     Yes Dec 2004 Initial project extended through May 31, 2004.
IHSDM—Driver/Vehicle Module Beta Test Ray Krammes
HRDS-05
202–493–3312
Safety         No Sep 2005 This module needs additional work, which we are deferring to FY 2003/2004. It will not be part of the 2003 release of IHSDM.
Requirements for Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Traffic Signals Carl Andersen
HRDS-05
202–493–3366
Safety         Yes June 2006 Not started. Exploring cooperative agreement with NIST.

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Pedestrian and Bicyclist
Pedestrian Facilities Safety User Guide
Ann Do
HRTS-06
202–493–3319
Safety       X Yes Complete Information available and distributed to public on how to identify the safety and mobility needs of pedestrians within roadway rights-of-way.

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Speed Management
USLIMITS: A Preliminary Expert System for Speed Zoning
A.J. Nedzesky
HRDS-05
202–493–3369
Safety       X Yes Complete Updated version available for testing.
Variable Speed Limit Technical Assessment Plan
A.J. Nedzesky
HRDS-05
202–493–3369
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.
Prototype Variable Speed Limit Systems in Work Zones
A.J. Nedzesky
HRDS-05
202–493–3369
Safety   X     No Aug 2003 Field testing completed in Michigan.
Recommended Designs for Hump Signs and Markings
Thomas Granda
HRDS-07
202–493–3365
Safety     X   No Aug 2003 Project delayed due to changes in the MUTCD. It now has guidelines for hump signs.
Results of Field Tests on Impacts of Setting and Enforcing Rational Speed Limits
A.J. Nedzesky
HRDS-05
202–493–3369
Safety   X     Yes Dec 2005 Results from first wave of demonstration projects due 8/28/03.

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Intersections
Accident Warrant for Traffic Signals
A.J. Nedzesky
HRDS-05
202–493–3369
Safety       X Yes Complete Published in NCHRP Report #491, available June 2003.
Functional Requirements for Microsimulation-Based Surrogate Safety Measures at Intersections
Joe Bared
HRDS-05
202–493–3314
Safety       X   Complete Complete Published in FHWA-RD-03-050.
Traffic Operations and Safety Comparisons of Single Point Urban Interchange with Tight Diamond Interchange
Joe Bared
HRDS-05
202–493–3314
Safety       X Yes Complete  
Roundabout Accessibility Study
Joe Bared
HRDS-05
202–493–3314
Safety X       Yes Sep 2004 Analyze and evaluate crossing of blind pedestrians at roundabouts.

 

Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Target Completion Date Comments
25 50 75 100
Human Centered Systems
Revised Older Driver Design Handbook Thomas Granda
HRDS-07
202–493–3365
Safety       X Yes Complete Handbook, guidelines, and recommendations are on the TFHRC Web site.

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