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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-05-040
Date: March 2005

Office of Research, Development, and Technology FY 2004 Performance Report

Appendix A: Research and Development Research Project Status, Click to view detailed alternative text

The following charts detail RD&T research and identify the goals that this research supports. The charts also indicate which projects were completed in FY 2004 and which ones are ongoing for 2005 and beyond. The comment column provides reasons behind changes or deviations from the unit plan and schedule. Additionally, we've included new projects that were not identified at the time the FY 2004/2005 Performance Plan was published.

Office of Infrastructure R&D

Office of Infrastructure R&D
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion Status (Percent) On Schedule Target Completion Date Product Available Comments
25 50 75 100
Pavements Design and Analysis
Cost and Performance Benefits of Concrete Pavement Design Features * Peter Kopac HRDI-11 202–493–3151 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Complete Yes Software for quickly assessing relative costs and benefits of incorporating various design features being evaluated
Strategic Analysis of Pavement Evaluations for Rehabilitation (SAPER) Software Tool James Sherwood HRDI-12 202–493–3150 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Nov. 04 No Software product currently being evaluated by FHWA prior to distribution.
Guidance for Constructing Smooth, Long-Lasting Concrete Pavements * Peter Kopac HRDI-11 202–493–3151 Mobility and Productivity     X   Yes Nov. 04 No In process of analyzing data and writing report.
Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) Binder (LTPPBind) v 3.0 Aramis López HRDI-13 202–493–3145 Mobility and Productivity     X   Yes Feb. 05 No Beta version available, final version pending availability of reauthorization funds.
LTPP Traffic Projection Software Aramis López HRDI-13 202–493–3145 Mobility and Productivity X       No Sep. 05 No Presently on hold, as recommended by the Traffic Expert Task Group (ETG), until final results of NCHRP 1-39 are available.
Evaluation of NCHRP 1-37A Mechanistic-Empirical Design Models Katherine Petros HRDI-12 202–493–3154 Mobility and Productivity X       No Dec. 05 No Model evaluation has begun; lack of resources has slowed the process.
Guidance for the Use of Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) in Concrete Pavements Peter Kopac HRDI-11 202–493–3151 Mobility and Productivity     X   No Oct. 06 No Delays incurred in order to schedule field trials of FRP in pavements.
Impact of Dynamic Modulus on Model Prediction * Tom Harman HRDI-11 202–493–3072 Mobility and Productivity   X     No Dec. 04 No Equipment challenges have delayed the timely completion of this project.
Seasonal Monitoring Program * Aramis López HRDI-13 202–493–3145 Mobility and Productivity       X No   Yes Release delayed due to 508 conversions. Set of 3 CDs (version 1.2) are now available.

* Addition to FY 2004/2005 Performance Plan

Office of Infrastructure R&D (continued)
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion Status (Percent) On Schedule Target Completion Date Product Available Comments
25 50 75 100
Pavement Materials and Construction
Prediction of Paving Concrete Shrinkage Peter Kopac HRDI-11 202–493–3151 Mobility and Productivity   X     No Oct. 03 No Project delayed by work priorities and loss of staff. An interim technical contact is listed until the vacant position is backfilled.
Mixture-Specific Procedure for Estimating Alkali-Silica Reactivity (ASR) Potential Peter Kopac HRDI-11 202–493–3151 Mobility and Productivity   X     No Dec. 03 No Software product currently being evaluated by FHWA prior to distribution.
Low-Temperature Binder Characterization Peter Kopac HRDI-11 202–493–3151 Mobility and Productivity     X   No May 04 No In process of analyzing data and writing report.
Guidance on Compatibility of Mixture Components Peter Kopac HRDI-11 202–493–3151 Mobility and Productivity     X   Yes Mar. 05 No Beta version available, final version pending availability of reauthorization funds.
FHWA Dynamic Angle Validation Kit (DAVK) Tom Harman HRDI-11 202–493–3072 Mobility and Productivity   X     Yes July 05 Yes Original project to develop the DAVK is complete; this extension will incorporate mix-less technology.
Computer-based Guidelines for Concrete Pavements Fred Faridazar HRDI-11 202–493–3076 Mobility and Productivity     X   No Jan. 06 No Contract was modified to include pocket PC-based system of guidelines on curing concrete. The development of the HIPERPAV™ II software is complete. The final report is current being reviewed for editing for publication. Contract delayed staffing challenges.
Seasonal Monitoring Program * Aramis López HRDI-13 202–493–3145 Mobility and Productivity       X No Oct. 03 Yes Release delayed due to 508 conversions. Set of 3 CDs (version 1.2) are now available.

 

Office of Infrastructure R&D (continued)
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion Status (Percent) On Schedule Target Completion Date Product Available Comments
25 50 75 100
Pavement Data and Performance
Smoothness Specifications Dennis Sixbey HRDI-11 202–493–3078 Mobility and Productivity     X   No Nov. 03 No  
Warp and Curl Analysis Software Dennis Sixbey HRDI-11 202–493–3078 Mobility and Productivity     X   No Nov. 03 No  
LTPP Distress Identification Manual Aramis López HRDI-13 202–493–3145 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Feb. 04 Yes Report printed in December 2003 (FHWA-RD-03-031). Over 2,000 copies distributed.
Fatigue Model Katherine Petros HRDI-12 202–493–3154 Mobility and Productivity     X   No Sep. 04 No Development of a viscoelastoplastic fatigue model for modified asphalt concrete (AC) binders using the results from accelerated loading facility (ALF) testing.
Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) Pavement Smoothness Specifications Aramis López HRDI-13 202–493–3145 Mobility and Productivity     X   No Jan. 05 No One extra validation will be performed at an Ohio site. Product expected January 2005.
Anytime Weather Software Aramis López HRDI-13 202–493–3145 Mobility and Productivity X       Yes Feb. 05 No Alpha version completed; final version pending availability of reauthorization funds.
DataPave Online Aramis López HRDI-13 202–493–3145 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Feb. 05 Yes Product available at www.datapave.com. Request for Proposal (RFP) for maintenance and long-term revisions on hold pending availability of reauthorization funds.

* Addition to FY 2004/2005 Performance Plan

Office of Infrastructure R&D (continued)
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion Status (Percent) On Schedule Target Completion Date Product Available Comments
25 50 75 100
Bridge of the Future
Compilation and Evaluation of Results from High-Performance Concrete (HPC) Bridge Projects Joseph Hartmann HRDI-06 202–493–3059 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Dec. 03 No Survey of condition complete. Report being produced.
Curved Girder Bridge Strength Prediction Equation William Wright HRDI-06 202–493–3053 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Dec. 03 Yes AASHTO SCOB T-14 balloted and accepted changes to AASHTO bridge design code in June 2004.
New Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Specifications Eric Munley HRDI-06 202–493–3046 Mobility and Productivity     X   Yes Dec. 03 Yes AASHTO materials specification is complete. FRP deck testing specification is near completion. Working on consensus. FRP repair specification in early stages of development.
Standard Tests Using a GeoGauge Mike Adams HRDI-06 202–493–3025 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Oct. 04 Yes GeoGauge testing device has been validated and is commercially available to State highway administrations.
Corrugated Web Plates for Steel Girders William Wright HRDI-06 202–493–3053 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Dec. 04 No Physical testing completed. Report production underway.
Improved Fracture Toughness Specifications for High-Performance Steel (HPS) William Wright HRDI-06 202–493–3053 Mobility and Productivity   X     Yes June 05 No Physical testing work completed. Development of design criteria will be accomplished in cooperation with AASHTO SCOB T-14.
Design Guidance for Composite Timber Bridges Sheila Duwadi HRDI-07 202–493–3106 Mobility and Productivity     X   Yes Dec. 05 No This study will produce design and material specifications for FRP reinforced timber bridges for adoption by AASHTO.

 

Office of Infrastructure R&D (continued)
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion Status (Percent) On Schedule Target Completion Date Product Available Comments
25 50 75 100
Safety, Reliability, and Security
Improved Seismic Design Provisions for AASHTO Bridge Specifications Phillip Yen HRDI-07 202–493–3056 Mobility and Productivity       X No Dec. 03 No Study on improving current bridge seismic design provisions. A new seismic design provision was proposed to AASHTO and is now in the process of being adopted.
Seismic Retrofit Manual John O'Fallon Phillip Yen HRDI-07 202–493–3051 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Feb. 04 No Study of seismic vulnerability of bridges and other highway structural components. Report completed and is under technical and editorial review. It will be published in December 2004.
Wind-Induced Vibration of Stay Cables Harold Bosch HRDI-07 202–493–3031 Mobility and Productivity       X No Apr. 04 No Study of wind/rain effects on bridge stay cables for development of design guide. Technical review of report complete; awaiting editorial review. It will be published in 2005.
Abutment Scour Field Data (ABSCOUR) * Sterling Jones HRDI-07 202–493–3043 Mobility and Productivity     X   No Oct. 04 No Database has been upgraded for testing prediction methods. The ABSCOUR program used by the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is being evaluated and revised based on this data. The study is approximately 3 months behind schedule due to complications resolving ABSCOUR discrepancies.
Effects of Inlet Geometry on Culvert Performance * Sterling Jones HRDI-07 202–493–3043 Mobility     X   No Oct. 04 No This study is approximately 6 months behind schedule due to difficulties in getting a contract underway to fabricate models. Results will be presented to South Dakota DOT sponsors in August 2004 and at the National Hydraulics Conference in Sept. 2004.
Examples for Design of Seismic Isolation Bearings Hamid Ghasemi HRDI-07 202–493–3042 Mobility, Safety, and Productivity     X   Yes Nov. 04 No Additional funding is required to complete the work.
A Risk-Based Methodology for Assessing the Seismic Performance of Lifeline Systems Report Phillip Yen HRDI-07 202–493–3056 Mobility, Safety, and Productivity     X   Yes Dec. 04 No Developing computer software that will help State DOTs to assess the seismic risk for bridges. Research is almost complete and is now under testing for validation.
Design Procedure for Bottomless Culverts Sterling Jones HRDI-07 202–493–3043 Mobility, Safety, Productivity, & Environment     X   No Dec. 04 No This study was interrupted to conduct additional scour tests for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Results will be presented at the National Hydraulics Conference.
Seismic Retrofitting Manuals: Part III: Special Bridges Phillip Yen HRDI-07 202–493–3056 Mobility, Safety, and Productivity     X   Yes Dec. 04 No Study on seismic vulnerability of long truss and other special bridges for design and retrofitting. The manual is 75 percent completed and will be reviewed by the Highway Seismic Research Council.
Tacoma Narrows Technology Demonstration and Research Project Hamid Ghasemi HRDI-07 202–493–3042 Mobility, Safety, and Productivity X       Yes Dec. 05 No A number of studies under this project are on schedule. One study concerning health monitoring is running behind schedule.

 

Office of Infrastructure R&D (continued)
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion Status (Percent) On Schedule Target Completion Date Product Available Comments
25 50 75 100
Stewardship and Management
Measurement of the Benefits of Infrastructure R&D Sheila Rimal Duwadi HRDI-07 202–493–3106 Productivity       X Yes Oct. 03 Yes This project produced a methodology to measure the benefits of research. The final report and a CD containing the methodology were delivered to FHWA. As it is an in-house report, it has not been published.
Guidelines for the Ultrasonic Inspection of Hanger Pins Hamid Ghasemi HRDI-07 202–493–3042 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Dec. 03 Yes Report completed and published.
Guidelines for the Use of High-Energy Radiography for Structures Hamid Ghasemi HRDI-07 202–493–3042 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Jan. 04 No This study investigated the use of nuclear methods for evaluation of bridges and bridge materials. Report will be published.
Covered Bridge Manual * John O'Fallon HRDI-07 202–493–3051 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Feb. 04 Yes Manual is a guide to rehabilitate, restore, preserve and reconstruct historic covered bridges.
Fatigue Retrofit Manual William Wright HRDI-06 202–493–3053 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Apr. 04 Yes Manual complete.
Corrosion Performance of Epoxy-Coated Rebar in Concrete (10-Year Laboratory Study) Paul Virmani HRDI-10 202–493–3052 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes June 04 No Report being printed.
Ultrasonic Methods for Health Monitoring of Prestressing Tendons Hamid Ghasemi HRDI-07 202–493–3042 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Sep. 04 No This study investigated the use of ultrasonic methods for examining bonded strands for corrosion or breakage.
Bridge and Tunnel Surveillance: A State-of-the-Art Review Sheila Rimal Duwadi HRDI-07 202–493–3106 Mobility, Productivity, and Security     X   Yes Jan. 05 No This project will develop a protocol for assessing security and surveillance systems.
Guidelines for Corrosion Control Design of Bridges Bob Kogler HRDI-06 202–493–3080 Mobility and Productivity X       Yes Apr. 05 No This effort will coordinate closely with AASHTO SCOB T-9 to develop best practice guidance using FHWA (and other) research results as a baseline. Effort just started in FY 2004.
Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) for Bridges John Hooks HRDI-03 202–493–3023 Mobility and Productivity   X     Yes Aug. 05 No This study will develop simplified software and provide guidance on collecting costs for using LCCA in bridge management systems.
Best Practices Manual for Quality Bridge Coatings Bob Kogler HRDI-06 202–493–3080 Mobility and Productivity     X   Yes Sep. 05 No This effort will produce a training course and national level inspector certification program. Program to be available in January 2005.
Thermal Imaging System for Crack Detection * Glenn Washer HRDI-10 202–493–3082 Mobility   X     No Sep. 05 No Method to detect cracks and prevent failure of steel structures. Test setup complete; experiencing difficulties with vendor-supplied equipment.
Corrosion resistant Alloys for Use as Reinforcement in Concrete * Paul Virmani HRDI-10 202–493–3052 Mobility and Productivity   X     Yes Aug. 06 No This study will identify cost-effective clad or alloyed reinforcement for concrete bridge members to provide 75 years service life.
HERMES II Ground Penetrating Radar Glenn Washer HRDI-10 202–493–3082 Mobility   X     Yes Oct. 06 No Tools to rapidly survey concrete decks for deficiencies. Prototype system undergoing expanded testing under a new work plan in cooperation with State partners.

* Addition to FY 2004/2005 Performance Plan

Office of Operations R&D

Office of Operations R&D
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion Status (Percent) On Schedule Target Completion Date Product Available Comments
25 50 75 100
Intelligent Vehicle Initiative (IVI) and Research Related to Human Centered Systems
Human Factors Assessment of Infrastructure-Based Intersection Collision Avoidance (ICA) Devices–Phase I Greg Davis HRDS-07 202–493–3367 Safety       X Yes Mar. 04 Yes The goal is to evaluate alternative infrastructure-based warnings to drivers to prevent collisions (in conjunction with the Human Centered Systems Lab). First phase competed on time in March 04.
Human Factors Assessment of Infrastructure-Based Intersection Collision Avoidance (ICA) Device–Phase II Greg Davis HRDS-07 202–493–3367 Safety X       Yes Dec. 06 No This study will be conducted on a closed test course to gather deceleration profiles and reaction time data for drivers responding to warnings that are given both nearer and farther from the intersection.
Enhanced Digital Mapping Toni Wilbur HRDO-01 202–493–3303 Safety       X No Apr. 04 No Detroit demonstration delayed from November 03 to March 04. Final report is complete and undergoing FHWA and NHTSA review. Report will be available November 04.
Work Zone ITS for Crash Avoidance, Phase I Peter Huang HRDO-04 202–493–3484 Safety     X   Yes Dec. 04 No Developed the operational concept for work zone crash avoidance, which is being tested on a driving simulator. Developed hardware requirements. Several types of sensor applications are being tested in the field.
Infrastructure Consortium (IC) Prototype Intersection Collision Avoidance Projects. Gene McHale HRDO-03 202–493–3275 Safety     X   Yes Jan. 05 No Completion date extended so that the IC can support the new Cooperative Intersection Collision Avoidance Systems ITS Tier 1 initiative. New target completion date is April 05.

 

Office of Operations R&D (continued)
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion Status (Percent) On Schedule Target Completion Date Product Available Comments
25 50 75 100
Traffic Control and Operations
Traffic Detector Handbook David Gibson HRDO-04 202–493–3271 Safety, Mobility and Productivity     X   No Nov. 03 No Update to handbook completed; currently working on making the report 508 compliant. New estimated completion date is March 2005.
Freeway Management Handbook James Colyar HRDO-03 202–493–3282 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Dec. 03 Yes Update to handbook is complete and a free download is available at: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/Travel/ traffic/freeway_management.htm
Traffic Control Systems Handbook Raj Ghaman HRDO-03 202–493–3270 Mobility and Productivity         No Dec. 03 No No funding. Project cancelled.
Adaptive Control System (ACS) "Lite" Version Software Raj Ghaman HRDO-03 202–493–3270 Mobility and Productivity       X No Jan. 04 No Software and laboratory testing completed and communication to actual signal hardware has been developed. The effort was completed in September 04.
ACS "Lite" Field Test Raj Ghaman HRDO-03 202–493–3270 Mobility and Productivity   X     No Sep. 04 No Gahanna, OH selected as field test site. Field testing planned for Fall 04. Estimated completion date is December 04.
Coordinated Freeway and Arterials Plans and Procedures Handbook * James Colyar HRDO-03 202–493–3282 Mobility and Productivity     X   Yes Dec. 04 No Final report under development.
Traffic Detector Video*
David Gibson HRDO-04 202–493–3271 Safety, Mobility and Productivity X       Yes Feb. 05 No The video script has been approved and the contractor will begin filming shortly.
Ramp Metering 2000 Software Expanded Simulation Testing Deborah Curtis HRDO-03 202–493–3267 Mobility and Productivity     X   Yes May 05 No Software development completed in May 2003. Planned field test replaced with more cost-effective expanded simulation testing. Working with Office of Operations to determine next steps for product.
Ramp Management Handbook * James Colyar HRDO-03 202–493–3282 Mobility and Productivity   X     Yes June 05 No This is a follow-up document to Freeway Management Handbook. Completed annotated outline and decision diagrams, working on draft report.
Winter Weather Maintenance Decision Support Systems Pooled Fund Study Rudy Persaud HRDO-04 202–493–3391 Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Environment   X     Yes June 05 No The five States Pooled Fund Study project is to develop a Maintenance Decision Support System to help maintenance forces better plan and respond to winter weather and road conditions.
Winter Weather Maintenance Decision Support Systems (MDSS)

Randall VanGorder HRDO-03 202–493–3266

Rudy Persaud HRDO-04 202–493–3391

Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Environment       X Yes Dec. 03 Yes The project was extended to conduct a second field demonstration in Iowa in the winter of 2003–04. The demonstration is completed. MDSS Release 3.0 is expected in October 04. CD-ROMs can be ordered through the NCAR MDSS Web site: www.rap.ucar.edu/projects/rdwx/do cuments/index.html.
MDSS Deployment Assistance *

Randall VanGorder HRDO-03 202–493–3266

Rudy Persaud HRDO-04 202–493–3391

Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Environment X       Yes Sep. 05 Yes This project will provide deployment assistance to assure successful technology transfer to the private sector and to complete all programming, documentation and evaluations from the second year of the MDSS demonstration.
DynaMIT—Field Test in Los Angeles, CA Henry Lieu HRDO-03 202–493–3273 Mobility and Productivity   X     No Dec. 05 No This project is to integrate CLAIRE, DynaMIT and Advanced Incident Detection Algorithm (AIDA) in Los Angeles for real time traffic management on arterials. The data collection process has proven more time consuming than originally anticipated so the target completion date has been reevaluated. The new estimated completion date is February 06.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for Aerial Surveillance David Gibson HRDO-04 202–493–3271 Safety, Mobility and Productivity     X   Yes Dec. 05 No Uses model airplane for traffic surveillance and potential transportation system inspections. Currently working with VDOT and GeoData to establish a test section along Interstate 66 to test/demo the data collection abilities of the UAV.
Real Time Linux Operating System for Advanced Traffic Controller * David Gibson HRDO-04 202–493–3271 Mobility and Productivity X       Yes Sep. 06 No Phase I is complete. Phase II is in negotiation.
DYNASMART-X—Field Test in Houston, TX Henry Lieu HRDO-03 202–493–3273 Mobility and Productivity   X     No June 06 No This project is to integrate CLAIRE, DYNASMART-X and RHODES in Houston TranStar for real-time traffic management to alleviate traffic congestion, particularly caused by freeway reconstruction and flooding. The project was delayed by 1 year due to contracting issues that have now been resolved. The project will start in late 2004 and is projected for completion in March 07.
Surface Transportation Security and Reliability Information System Model Deployment (Florida) Toni Wilbur HRDO-01 202–493–3269 Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Security X       Yes June 07 No This project will demonstrate and evaluate how the operation of the surface transportation system can be enhanced through the widespread availability of real-time information. The design phase is complete.
Alternate Avalanche Control Ammunition Pooled Fund Study Rudy Persuad HRDO-04 202–493–3391 Safety, Mobility and Productivity               Pooled Fund Study cancelled.

** Addition FY 2004/2005 PFY 2004/2005 Perferformance Plan

Office of Operations R&D (continued)
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion Status (Percent) On Schedule Target Completion Date Product Available Comments
25 50 75 100
Traffic Analysis Tools/ Simulation and Modeling
Emergency Vehicle Network Delay Study Gene McHale HRDO-03 202–493–3275 Mobility and Productivity     X         Project delayed due to other priorities related to TSIS/CORSIM software. Expected completion date is December 04.
Traffic Analysis Tools Selection Guide Primer Gene McHale HRDO-03 202–493–3275 Mobility and Productivity       X No Dec. 03 No Document complete. Project delayed while 508 compliant version was developed. Primer is posted at http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/Travel/
Traffic_Analysis_Tools/traffic_analysis_tools.htm.
Traffic Simulation Application Guidelines Gene McHale HRDO-03 202–493–3275 Mobility and Productivity       X No Dec. 03 Yes Document complete. Project delayed while 508 compliant version was developed. Primer is posted at http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/Travel/Traffi c_Analysis_Tools/traffic_analysis_tools.htm.
DYNASMART-P Henry Lieu HRDO-03 202–493–3273 Mobility and Productivity       X No Jan. 04 Yes DYNASMART-P software and its input editor DSPEd, are complete and were released to the public via the McTrans Center in September 2004.
CORSIM Application Guidelines James Colyar HRDO-03 202–493–3282 Mobility and Productivity X       No Sep. 04 No Delayed start of project. Completed annotated outline. Working on draft report. New target completion date September 05.
Traffic Analysis Tools Case Studies and Best Practices James Colyar HRDO-03 202–493–3282 Mobility and Productivity X       No Sep. 04 No Delayed start of project. Completed annotated outline. Working on draft report. New target completion date September 05.
Traffic Analysis Tools Course James Colyar HRDO-03 202–493–3282 Mobility and Productivity         No Sep. 04 No Delayed indefinitely due to changed funding priorities.
Traffic Simulation Application Course James Colyar HRDO-03 202–493–3282 Mobility and Productivity         No Sep. 04 No Delayed indefinitely due to changed funding priorities.
Federal Facility Evacuation Study * James Colyar HRDO-03 202–493–3282 Safety and Mobility   X     Yes Dec 04 No Completed development of combined internal and external compound simulation network. Working on developing and modeling optimal evacuation scenarios.
Strategic Work Zone Analysis Tools (SWAT) Deborah Curtis HRDO-03 202–493–3267 Mobility and Productivity   X     No Dec 04 No Working on impact analysis tool. Project delayed by Work Zone Rule Making Initiative. Project management transferred to Work Zone Implementation Project Team (WZIPT). New target completion date October 05.
QuickZone Work Zone Delay Estimation Tool Deborah Curtis HRDO-03 202–493–3267 Mobility and Productivity     X   No Dec. 03 No Working on cost estimate tool. QuickZone 2.0 release delayed due to section 508 issues. Software will be available in October 04 from the McTrans Center.
QuickZone Partnership Program Deborah Curtis HRDO-03 202–493–3267 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes May 05 No No further funding and no additional States being added. However, we are maintaining a working relationship with the current seven partner States.
Advanced CORSIM Course James Colyar HRDO-03 202–493–3282 Mobility and Productivity         No Sep. 05 No Delayed indefinitely due to changed funding priorities.
Exclusive Truck Lane Simulation Safety Study * James Colyar HRDO-03 202–493–3282 Safety, Mobility, and Productivity X       Yes Sep. 05 No Completed literature review and methodology for surrogate safety measures using CORSIM. Working on simulation networks and scenarios.
DynaMIT-P—Field Test in Hampton Roads, VA Henry Lieu HRDO-03 202–493–3273 Mobility and Productivity   X     Yes Jan. 06 No The Phase 1 offline evaluation work completed in July 2004. The Phase 2 online evaluation work started in September 2004.
Next Generation Simulation Modeling James Colyar HRDO-03 202–493–3282 Mobility and Productivity X       Yes Sep. 07 Yes

Completed algorithm assessment, algorithm prioritization, and high-level plans. Finished data collection for prototype study, and completed prototype algorithm. Report is available at http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/Travel/Traffi c_Analysis_Tools/ngsim_program.htm.

Depending on funding for option years of contract, will begin new algorithm development.

* Addition to FY 2004/2005 Performance Plan

Office of Operations R&D (continued)
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion Status (Percent) On Schedule Target Completion Date Product Available Comments
25 50 75 100
Enabling Technologies
Global Positioning System (GPS) Surface Observation System Installation for Integrated Precipitable Water Vapor (IPWV) James Arnold HRDO-04 202–493–3269 Rudy Persaud HRDO-04 202–493–3391 Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Environment, Security   X     Yes Dec. 05 No Installation of GPS Surface Observation System (GSOS) meteorological sensors at NDGPS sites provides useful weather observations along with the information needed to calculate atmospheric water vapor from the GPS signals.
NDGPS Reference Station Modernization James Arnold HRDO-04 202–493–3269 Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Environment, Security   X     Yes Dec. 05 No Research to define existing GPS capability.
High-Accuracy NDGPS James Arnold HRDO-04 202–493–3269 Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Environment, Security   X     Yes Dec. 07 No Research program to evaluate the potential for achieving very high accuracy navigation solutions using existing infrastructure.
Clear Roads Pooled Fund Study * Rudy Persaud HRDO-04 202–493–3391 Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Environment X       Yes Dec. 07 No Clear Roads is a new pooled fund research project aimed at rigorous testing of winter maintenance materials, equipment, and methods for use by highway maintenance crews.
Precipitable Water Vapor for Weather Forecasting * James Arnold HRDO-04 202–493–3269 Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Environment, Security   X     Yes Dec. 07 No Research program to develop and evaluate a precipitable water vapor algorithm to improve weather forecasting.
Dedicated Short Range Communications/Wireless Access for Vehicular Environment * James Arnold
HRDO-04 202–493–3269
Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Environment,Security     X   Yes Dec. 08 No Development of telecommunications technology to include spectrum allocation from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), licensing rules, standards, prototypes, and initial deployment.
Telecommunications Interference Model for Predicting Ionospheric Changes * James Arnold HRDO-04 202–493–3269 Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Environment, Security   X     Yes Dec. 08 No Research program to develop and evaluate an ionospheric model to predict interference levels to telecommunication systems.

* Addition to FY 2004/2005 Performance Plan

Office of Safety R&D

Office of Safety R&D
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion Status (Percent) On Schedule Target Completion Date Product Available Comments
25 50 75 100
Run-Off-Road Prevention: Design
Research Recommended Update to Minimum Levels for Traffic Sign Retroreflectivity Ken Opiela HRDS-05 202–493–3371 Safety       X No Dec. 04 No The report is in the final stages of publication and will be available soon.
Requirements for High Conspicuity Traffic Signs Carl Andersen HRDS-05 202–493–3366 Safety X       No Mar. 04 No Study plan completed. Human factors studies delayed until FY 2005 due to lack of funding.
Research Recommended Minimum Retroreflectivity Requirements for Overhead Guide and Street Name Signs * Ken Opiela HRDS-05 202–493–3371 Safety       X Yes Dec. 04 No The report is in the final stages of publication and will be available soon.
Interactive Highway Safety Design Module—2004 Release Ray Krammes HRDS-05 202–493–3312 Safety       X Yes Sep. 04 Yes The software is available at: www.ihsdm.org.
Enhanced Night Visibility Project Results Carl Andersen HRDS-05 202–493–3366 Safety       X Yes Mar.05 No Research is completed. Reports are in progress. There will be a total of 18 separate volumes.
Relative Effectiveness of Pavement Markings and Raised Retroreflective Pavement Markers (RRPM) Ken Opiela HRDS-05 202–493–3371 Safety       X Yes Dec. 04 Yes Study findings were documented in a TRB paper that was presented in January 2004.
Guidelines for Maintaining Night Visibility of Traffic Signs Ken Opiela HRDS-05 202–493–3371 Safety     X   No Jan. 05 No Research in progress. Draft versions of parts of the final report have been reviewed.
Driver Recognition of Traffic Control Color Coding Carl Andersen HRDS-05 202–493–3366 Safety X       No June 05 No No work to date due to lack of funding. Was intended to follow work on High-Conspicuity Signs.
Driver Performance Effects of Innovative Applications of Pavement Markings and RRPMs Ken Opiela HRDS-05 202–493–3371 Safety X       Yes Dec. 05 No Field data has been gathered to allow work to begin on a Highway Driving Simulator model. Subject testing will begin in March 2005.
Visibility Requirements for Novel Pavement Marking Treatments Ken Opiela HRDS-05 202–493–3371 Safety X       No Sep. 06 No This effort would follow completion of the effort above.
Guidelines for Maintaining Night Visibility of Pavement Markings Ken Opiela HRDS-05 202–493–3371 Safety X       Yes Dec. 05 No Contractor to carry out this research starting September 2004.
Requirements for Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Traffic Signals Carl Andersen HRDS-05 202–493–3366 Safety X       Yes June 06 No Studies not yet initiated.
Degradation of Traffic Sign Retroreflectivity and Color Joe Moyer HRDS-07 202–493–3370 Safety   X     No Dec. 06 No Project halted due to budget constraints.
Develop Design Guidelines for Crosswalk Lighting * Carl Andersen HRDS-05 202–493–3366 Safety X       Yes Dec. 05 No Completed Phases I and II and now preparing for Phase III, Dynamic Testing. A draft report is under review.
Wet Night Visibility of Pavement Markings * Carl Andersen HRDS-05 202–493–3366 Safety X       No Mar .07 No Draft report of static testing is under review.

* Addition to FY 2004/2005 Performance Plan

Office of Safety R&D (continued)
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion Status (Percent) On Schedule Target Completion Date Product Available Comments
25 50 75 100
Run-Off-Road Mitigation: Severity Reduction
Guardrail Blockout Surrogate Test Leonard Meczkowski HRDS-04 202–493–3317 Safety X       No Jan .04 No Project on hold.
Mailbox Surrogate Test Leonard Meczkowski HRDS-04 202–493–3317 Safety X       No Jan .04 No Project on hold.
Aesthetic Traffic Barriers Leonard Meczkowski HRDS-04 202–493–3317 Safety       X Yes Mar .04 Yes  
Guardrail-to-Bridge-Rail Transitions Leonard Meczkowski HRDS-04 202–493–3317 Safety       X Yes Apr .04 No Product not yet complete.

 

Office of Safety R&D (continued)
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion Status (Percent) On Schedule Target Completion Date Product Available Comments
25 50 75 100
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
Characteristics of Emerging Road and Trail Users and Their Safety Ann Do HRDS-06 202–493–3319 Safety     X   No Jan .04 No Product will be available in December 2004.
Pedestrian Bicycle Crash Analysis Tool (PBCAT) v 2.0 Ann Do HRDS-06 202–493–3319 Safety     X   No Jan .04 No Project delayed due to coordination of project with Office of Safety efforts (Ped Safe and Bike Safe). PBCAT v 1.0 is currently available.
Evaluation of Safety Design and Operation of Shared Use Paths Ann Do HRDS-06 202–493–3319 Safety     X   No Mar .04 No Product will be available in December 2004.
Hazard Index for Assessing Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety at Intersections Ann Do HRDS-06 202–493–3319 Safety   X     No Apr .04 No Project is ongoing.

 

Office of Safety R&D (continued)
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion Status (Percent) On Schedule Target Completion Date Product Available Comments
25 50 75 100
Speed Management
Results of Field Tests on Impacts of Setting and Enforcing Rational Speed Limits AJ Nedzesky
HRDS-05 202–493–3369
Safety   X     Yes Dec. 05   Demonstration project is underway.

 

Office of Safety R&D (continued)
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion Status (Percent) On Schedule Target Completion Date Product Available Comments
25 50 75 100
Intersections
Guidelines for High-Volume Signalized Intersections Joe Bared HRDS-05 202–493–3314 Safety       X Yes Apr. 04 Yes A TechBrief, FHWA-HRT-04-092, was published April 04; full report will be available in October 04.
Design and Operational Performance of Double Crossover Intersection and Diverging Diamond Interchange * Joe Bared HRDS-05 202–493–3314 Safety, Mobility       X Yes July 04 No Results will be reported in a paper submitted to TRB during July 04 for presentation at the January 05 Annual Meeting.
Crash Comparison of Single Point and Tight Diamond Interchanges * Joe Bared HRDS-05 202–493–3314 Safety       X Yes Aug. 04 Yes The results have been accepted for publication in the Journal of Transportation Engineering.
Roundabout Accessibility Study Greg Davis
HRDS-07 202–493–3367
Safety   X     Yes Aug. 04 No Data collection has been delayed due to construction and weather. Revised target is December 04.
Novel Intersections—Continuous Flow and Median U-Turn Greg Davis HRDS-07 202–493–3367 Safety X       No Sep. 05 No Not yet started due to limitations of FY 2004 funding; FY 2005 start is subject to availability of funds. Revised target is September 06.
Safety of Continuous Flow Intersections Joe Bared HRDS-05 202–493–3314 Safety       X Yes Sep. 05 No Results will be reported in a paper submitted to TRB during July 04 for presentation at the January 05 Annual Meeting.
Evaluation of Separator Islands at Nonsignalized Intersections Joe Bared HRDS-05 202–493–3314 Safety X       No Sep. 06 No The start of the contract under which this work will be performed was delayed due to FY 2004 funding limitations and delays. Revised target is September 07.

* Addition to FY 2004/2005 Performance Plan

Office of Safety R&D (continued)
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion Status (Percent) On Schedule Target Completion Date Product Available Comments
25 50 75 100
Safety Management Systems
Evaluation of Lane Reduction "Road Diet" Measures and Their Effects on Crashes and Injuries * Carol Tan HRDS-06 202–493–3315 Safety       X Yes Mar. 04 Yes HSIS Summary Report FHWA-HRT-04-082.
Examination of Fault, Unsafe Driving Acts, and Total Harm in Car-Truck Collisions * Carol Tan HRDS-06 202–493–3315 Safety       X Yes July 04 Yes HSIS Summary Report FHWA-HRT-04-085.
Roadway Safety Hardware Management Systems * Kerry Perrillo HRDS-05 202–493–3318 Safety, Operations     X   Yes Dec. 04 No Draft report produced in July final; report due in December.
Rollover Causation Study Mort Oskard HRDS-04 202–493–3339 Safety   X     No Dec. 04 No Project was partially completed before being terminated.
Pavement Edge Drop-Off Study Kerry Perrillo HRDS-05 202–493–3318 Safety X       No Dec. 05 No Project scope has changed and is now a Pooled Fund Study with California, George, Indiana, New York , and North Carolina participating. The new project end date is now December 07.
Safety Analyst Mike Griffith HRDS-02 202–493–3316 Safety   X     Yes Apr. 06 Yes White papers and functional specifications for the software are currently available.
Safety Evaluation of Red Light Running Cameras * Mike Griffith HRDS-02 202–493–3316 Safety     X   Yes Dec. 04 No This study will report the findings of evaluating Red Light Running cameras from several jurisdictions.
Advanced Research—Digital Road Maps Pete Mills HRDS-06 202–493–3338 Safety     X   Yes Oct. 06 No Ongoing, long-term research.

 

Office of Safety R&D (continued)
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion Status (Percent) On Schedule Target Completion Date Product Available Comments
25 50 75 100
Human Centered Systems
Personal Transportation Technology: Segway® Human Transporter Gabriel Rousseau HRDS-07 202–493–3383 Safety       X No Jan. 04 No Delays experienced in equipment delivery and getting approval from the human subjects review board to conduct the study.
Infrastructure Cooperative Systems ICAS Greg Davis HRDS-07 202–493–3367 Safety, Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Mar. 04 Yes Research results presented at 2004 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting.
In-Roadway Warning Lights Study Gabriel Rousseau HRDS-07 202–493–3383 Safety     X   No Sep. 04 Yes System installation delays at the field sites and budget limitations have slowed this project. Interim findings were presented at the ITE Annual Meeting in August 2004.
Sign Assessment for Infrastructure Systems Joe Moyer HRDS-07 202–493–3370 Safety, Mobility and Productivity X       No Dec. 04 No This project is on hold due to budget cutbacks.
Pedestrian Decision-Making Gabriel Rousseau HRDS-07 202–493–3383 Safety X       No Sep. 05 No Project was suspended due to FY 2004 budget cutbacks.
Traffic Control Device Consortium Pooled Fund Study Projects Joe Moyer HRDS-07 202–493–3370 Safety, Mobility and Productivity   X     Yes Dec. 06 No This pooled fund project encompasses a series of ongoing research project. Reports for each project will be released as completed.

* Addition to FY 2004/2005 Performance Plan

Office of Safety R&D (continued)
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal Impact Project Completion Status (Percent) On Schedule Target Completion Date Product Available Comments
25 50 75 100
Work Zone Safety
Improving Visibility of Work Zone Features to Aid Drivers Ken Opiela HRDS-05 202–493–3371 Safety X       No Mar. 06 No There is no funding to initiate this effort at this time, but alternative funding sources are being pursued.
Guidelines for Work Zone Safety Impacts Ken Opiela HRDS-05 202–493–3371 Safety X       N0 Dec. 06 No There is no funding to initiate this effort at this time, but alternative funding sources are being pursued.

 

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