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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-07-049
Date: May 2007

Office of Research, Development, and Technology FY 2006 Research Project Status Summary

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The following tables and charts reflect the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Research, Development, and Technology's (RD&T) fiscal year (FY) 2006 progress in conducting the program of research identified in the Research, Development, and Technology Performance Plan: Fiscal Year 2006-2007 (FHWA-HRT-06-037). FHWA is publishing this information as part of its commitment to hold themselves accountable publicly for carrying out its research plan. During FY 2006, researchers at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) conducted 127 research projects that support the Agency's strategic goals of Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Global Connectivity, Environment, National Homeland Security, and Organizational Excellence. Of the total number of projects, 44 were completed by FY end, and 83 projects are ongoing. Eighty percent of the total number of projects were on schedule. For those research projects that were not on schedule in FY 2006, delays were due to staff changes and delayed availability of funds. Twelve projects in the original plan will not be conducted due to lack of funds and revised priorities. Fifteen projects that were unanticipated when the FY 2006/2007 performance plan was developed were added to the table. These 15 projects were identified as priorities based on stakeholder input following the passage of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).

A pie chart showing that 32% was completed FY 2006 Plan Period; 59% Ongoing FY 2006 and Beyond; and 9% Projects Discontinued

Of the 44 projects completed in FY 2006, 10 projects primarily supported the Agency's strategic goal of Safety, and 17 projects primarily supported the Mobility and Productivity goal. As indicated in the chart, FY 2006 Projects Completed and Products Available by Goal, several projects supported multiple goals, including Environment and National Homeland Security. Fifteen projects supported the combined goals of Safety, and Mobility, and Productivity.

A bar graph showing the total number of projects completed: 10 for Safety, 17 for Mobility & Productivity, 15 for Combo - Safety and Mobility, and 3 for Other; for the Number of Products available there are 8 for Safety, 11 for Mobility & Productivity, 13 for Combo - Safety and Mobility, and 2 for Other.

In response to the Congestion Relief Initiative announced by Secretary Norman Y. Mineta in May 2006, seven projects were completed in support of the Department's congestion mitigation goal, including: the Coordinated Freeway and Arterial Operations Handbook; Traffic Analysis Toolbox Volume IV: Guidelines for Applying CORSIM Microsimulation Modeling Software; NGSIM—Cooperative Lane Changing and Forced Merging Model; Ramp Management and Control Handbook; Traffic Detector Handbook; Adaptive Control System (ACS) Lite Software; and Maintenance Decision Support System publication and software, Release 4.

Other notable accomplishments in FY 2006 include 42 new products resulting from FHWA research, which are now available to customers and stakeholders. Of these products, 32 represent completed projects. For more information about these products or any of our research projects, the summary tables include contact names and telephone numbers.

RD&T Performance Measures Summary

The following chart depicts performance measures that FHWA updates annually as a component of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) for Federal research and development (R&D) programs.

Measure Target (2006) Actual (2006)
Number of deliverable research products, innovations, and technologies that support the accomplishment of the Department of Transportation (USDOT) and FHWA safety goals. 5 19
Number of deliverable research products, innovations, and technologies that support the accomplishment of USDOT and FHWA mobility goals in the area of infrastructure improvements. 5 17
Number of deliverable research products, innovations, and technologies that support the accomplishment of USDOT and FHWA mobility goals in the area of congestion mitigation. 3 10
Number of deliverable research products, innovations, and technologies that support the accomplishment of USDOT and FHWA environmental goals. 2 1
Number of deliverable research products, innovations, and technologies that support the accomplishment of USDOT and FHWA security goals. 2 1
The annual percentage of research projects reported on schedule. (Note 1) 90% 80%
The level of customer satisfaction for deploying technology and innovation as measured by the FHWA Partners Satisfaction Survey. (Note 2) See Note 2 69%

Note 1: Delays due largely to delayed funding and personnel changes.

Note 2: There were no targets established for 2006 in the FHWA Partners Satisfaction Survey. The 2006 Partner Satisfaction Survey (PSS) is a follow up to the FHWA's State and Local Partners Survey (also known as the WAVE Survey) conducted incrementally during 2003 through 2004. The PSS survey will be conducted every 3 years.

Research Project List

Office of Infrastructure R&D
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal
Impact
Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Anticipated Research Completion Date Product
Available
Comments

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Pavement Design and Analysis
Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) in Concrete Pavement Katherine Petros HRDI-11 202-493-3154 Mobility and Productivity     X   No March 2006 Yes A report containing guidance for design of continuously reinforced concrete using glass fiber reinforced polymer rebars is available.
Impact of Hydraulic Cement Concrete (HCC) Input Parameters on Mechanistic-Empirical (M-E) Pavement Design Guide Katherine Petros HRDI-11 202-493-3154 Mobility and Productivity X       Yes Aug. 2006 No Contract on hold for 18 months, by FHWA, to acquire final products from four National Cooperative Highway Research Program projects.
Impact of Dynamic Modulus on Prediction Models Katherine Petros HRDI-11 202-493-3154 Mobility and Productivity     X   Yes Dec. 2006 No This is a technical side item of the Accelerated Loading Facility (ALF) Pooled Fund Project.
Integration of LTPP Binder (LTPPBInd) v 3.0 in AASHTO M320 Cheryl Richter HRDI-04202-493-3070 Mobility and Productivity           Dec. 2007   This project was added following passage of SAFTEA-LU.
Pavement Materials and Construction
Asphalt Pavement Performance Prediction Symposium Cheryl Richter HRDI-04202-493-3070 Mobility and Productivity           Annually in June or July   This project was added following passage of SAFTEA-LU.
Compatibility of Mixture Components Jack Youtcheff HRDI-11 202-493-3090 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Jan. 2006 Yes Product is a two-volume research report and accompanying techbrief. Volume 2 contains testing protocol to enable early identification of potential compatibility problems.
Concrete Pavement (CP) Road Map Jack Youtcheff HRDI-11 202-493-3090 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes May 2006 No FHWA staff activity.
Evaluation of Mixless Calibration Techniques for the Superpave Gyratory Compactor Jack Youtcheff HRDI-11 202-493-3090 Mobility and Productivity     X   No Aug. 2006 No In-house study delayed due to personnel changes.
Future of Full-Scale Accelerated Performance Testing Jack Youtcheff HRDI-11 202-493-3090 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Aug. 2006 Yes Established Consortium of Accelerated Performance Testing (CAPT) and developed strategic plan for consortium.
Concrete Mix Optimization Software Jack Youtcheff HRDI-11 202-493-3090 Mobility and Productivity     X   No Oct. 2006 No A beta version of mix optimization software is being field tested.
CP Road Map: Mix Design Track—Phase I Advisory Structure Jack Youtcheff HRDI-11 202-493-3090 Mobility and Productivity   X     Yes Dec. 2006 No Assessed prototype ABCD test equipment and recommended modifications to equipment and procedure.
Guidance on the Use of Acid Modifications for Asphalt Binders Jack Youtcheff HRDI-11 202-493-3090 Mobility and Productivity     X   No Dec. 2006 Yes Experienced a late start due to Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) lime work.
Intelligent Construction System (ICS)—Computer-Based Field Curing Tool for Concrete Pavement Cheryl Richter HRDI-04202-493-3070 Mobility and Productivity           Dec. 2006   This project was added following passage of SAFTEA-LU.
Low-Temperature Binder Characterization Jack Youtcheff HRDI-11 202-493-3090 Mobility and Productivity   X       Dec. 2006   This project was added following passage of SAFTEA-LU.
Enhancement of HIPERPAV II Software Program Cheryl Richter HRDI-04202-493-3070 Mobility and Productivity           April 2007   This project was added following passage of SAFTEA-LU.
Full-Scale Accelerated Performance Testing for Superpave and Structural Validation: Phase II—Loading Cheryl Richter HRDI-04202-493-3070 Mobility and Productivity           May 2007   This project was added following passage of SAFTEA-LU.
Procedures for the Detection and Quantification of Lime in Asphalt Pavements Cheryl Richter HRDI-04202-493-3070 Mobility and Productivity           May 2007   This project was added following passage of SAFTEA-LU.
Procedures for the Detection and Quantification of Polymer Modifiers in Asphalt Pavements Cheryl Richter HRDI-04202-493-3070 Mobility and Productivity           May 2007   This project was added following passage of SAFTEA-LU.
Lithium Technology Research for Mitigation of Alkali-Silica Reactivity (ASR) in Concrete Cheryl Richter HRDI-04202-493-3070 Mobility and Productivity           Sept. 2007   This project was added following passage of SAFTEA-LU.
Adequate Air Void System, measured by the Air Void Analyzer (AVA), for Freeze-Thaw Resistance Cheryl Richter HRDI-04202-493-3070 Mobility and Productivity           Dec. 2007   This project was added following passage of SAFTEA-LU.
CONcrete Extrusion Workability (CONEW) Device Cheryl Richter HRDI-04202-493-3070 Mobility and Productivity           Dec. 2007   This project was added following passage of SAFTEA-LU.
ICS—Smart Rollers Cheryl Richter HRDI-04202-493-3070 Mobility and Productivity           Dec. 2007   This project was added following passage of SAFTEA-LU.
Full-Scale Accelerated Performance Testing for Superpave and Structural Validation: Phase III—Evaluation and Recommendations Cheryl Richter HRDI-04202-493-3070 Mobility and Productivity           Aug. 2008   This project was added following passage of SAFTEA-LU.
Understanding Moisture Damage in Asphalt Pavements—Phase I Cheryl Richter HRDI-04202-493-3070 Mobility and Productivity           Dec. 2008   This project was added following passage of SAFTEA-LU.
Pavement Data and Performance
Construction Quality Databases Cheryl Richter HRDI-04202-493-3070 Mobility and Productivity           Dec. 2008   This project was added following passage of SAFTEA-LU.
Long-Term Pavement Performance
Variability of Smoothness Measurements Aramis Lopez HRDI-13 202-493-3145 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Jan. 2006 Yes Report No; FHWA-HRT-05-054 http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/pavement/
ltpp/pubs/05054/
Enhancement of DataPave Online Aramis Lopez HRDI-13 202-493-3145 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Oct. 2006 Yes http://www.datapave.com
Frost Determination of Seasonal Monitoring Program (SMP) Sites Aramis Lopez HRDI-13 202-493-3145 Mobility and Productivity     X   No Oct. 2006 No Delayed due to availability of funds.
Moisture Determination of SMP Sites Aramis Lopez HRDI-13 202-493-3145 Mobility and Productivity     X   No Oct. 2006 No Delayed due to availability of funds.
Smoothness of Pavement at the Approaches to Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) Scales Aramis Lopez HRDI-13 202-493-3145 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Oct. 2006 Yes MP05 Material Provisional Standard is available.
Anytime Weather Software Aramis Lopez HRDI-13 202-493-3145 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Dec. 2006 Yes Alpha Version is available.
LTPP Program Assessment Aramis Lopez HRDI-13 202-493-3145 Mobility and Productivity           Dec. 2007   Delayed due to availability of funds.
Bridge Design and Construction
Enhanced Use of Shallow Foundations for Accelerated Construction Bill Wright HRDI-6 202-493-3053 Mobility and Productivity         No Dec. 2006 N/A Delayed due to availability of funds.
Synthesis Study on Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Methodologies for All Hazards Sheila Duwadi HRDI-7 202-493-3106 Safety and Security         No Dec. 2006 N/A Delayed due to availability of funds.
Junction Loss Experiments: Laboratory Report* Kornel Kerenyi HRDI-7 202-493-3142 Safety, Mobility, and Productivity       X   Not in 2006-07 Performance Plan Yes Report No. FHWA-HRT-07-036 http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/engineering/
hydraulics/pubs/07036/index.cfm
Bottomless Culvert Scour Study: Phase II Laboratory Report* Kornel Kerenyi HRDI-7 202-493-3142 Safety, Mobility, and Productivity       X   Not in 2006-07 Performance Plan Yes Report No. FHWA-HRT-0726 http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/engineering/
hydraulics/pubs/07026/
Trends of Abutment-Scour Prediction Equations Applied to 144 Field Sites in South Carolina* Kornel Kerenyi HRDI-7 202-493-3142 Safety, Mobility, and Productivity       X   Not in 2006-07 Performance Plan Yes This study was in cooperation with the USGS.
Development of a Multiyear Plan for Bridge and Tunnel Security Research, Development, and Deployment* Sheila Duwadi HRDI-7 202-493-3106 Safety and Security       X   Not in 2006-07 Performance Plan Yes Report: "Multiyear Plan for Bridge and Tunnel Security Research, Development, and Deployment' Publication No. FHWA-HRT-06-072, March 2006. http://www.tfhrc.gov/structur/pubs/
06072/index.htm
Materials Spec-Accelerated Test-Based Specification—Repair Specification Bill Wright HRDI-6 202-493-3053 Mobility and Productivity         No Sept. 2007 N/A Delayed due to availability of funds.
Design Enhancements for Bridge Superstructure and Substructure Interface Bill Wright HRDI-6 202-493-3053 Mobility and Productivity X       No Dec. 2007 No Research is underway.
Improved Fracture Toughness Specifications for High-Performance Steel (HPS) Bill Wright HRDI-6 202-493-3053 Mobility and Productivity   X     Yes Dec. 2008 No Physical testing is complete. Development of design criteria is in process.
Performance Data for Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) Bridge Elements Benjamin Graybeal HRDI-6 202-493-3122 Mobility and Productivity X       Yes Dec. 2009 N/A Delayed due to availability of funds.
Development of Uniform Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Methodologies for All Hazards Sheila Duwadi HRDI-7 202-493-3106 Safety and Security         No Dec. 2009 N/A Delayed due to availability of funds.
Refinement of Load and Load Factors for the Design of Highway Bridges for Extreme Events Sheila Duwadi HRDI-7 202-493-3106 Safety, Reliability, and Security         No Dec. 2009 N/A Delayed due to availability of funds.
Bridge Safety, Reliability, and Security
Optimum Bridge Deck Shapes to Minimize Pressure Flow Scour Kornel Kerenyi HRDI-7 202-493-3142 Safety, Mobility, and Productivity X       No Dec. 2007 No Initiated in FY 2006 as funding became available.
Survey and Review of Wind Load Criteria for Cable-Supported Structures Harold Bosch HRDI-7 202-493-3031 Safety X       No Dec. 2007 No Initiated in FY 2006 as funding became available through SAFETEA-LU.
Assessment of Current Designs for Structural Vulnerability Against Multiple Hazards Sheila Duwadi HRDI-7 202-493-3106 Safety and Security         No Dec. 2008 N/A Delayed due to availability of funds.
Accelerated Repair and Restoration Techniques for Reconstruction After an Even Sheila Duwadi HRDI-7 202-493-3106 Safety, Mobility, and Productivity         No Dec. 2009 N/A Delayed due to availability of funds.
Development of Guidelines for Bridges Built Near Fault Lines Hamid Ghasemi HRDI-7 202-493-3042 Safety, Mobility, and Productivity         No Dec. 2009 N/A Delayed due to availability of funds.
Sensing and Monitoring Technologies for Extreme Events Sheila Duwadi HRDI-7 202-493-3106 Safety and Security         No Dec. 2009 N/A Delayed due to availability of funds.
Infrastructure Inspection and Management
Alternative Bridge Deck Reinforcement Materials Joey Hartmann HRDI-6 202-493-3059 Mobility and Productivity     X   No December 2009 No Interim report expected December 2007.
Holistic Corrosion Protection Strategies Joey Hartmann HRDI-6 202-493-3059 Mobility and Productivity         No June 2007 N/A Delayed due to availability of funds.
Nondestructive Testing/Evaluation Technologies Frank Jalinoos HRDI-10 202-493-3082 Mobility and Productivity X       Yes June 2007 No Research underway.
Bridge Coatings Performance and Selection Joey Hartmann HRDI-6 202-493-3059 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Sept. 2007 No Public Roads article.
Performance-Based Bridge Management Tools Joey Hartmann HRDI-6 202-493-3059 Mobiility and Productivity         No Sept. 2007 N/A Delayed due to availability of funds.
Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) Program Hamid Ghasemi HRDI-7 202-493-3042 Mobility and Productivity X       Yes Dec. 2007 Yes Program is progressing. Prime contractor selection is expected July 2007. Draft framework and first workshop report are available on Web site.
Compilation and Evaluation of Results from High-Performance Concrete Bridge Projects* Joey Hartmann HRDI-6 202-493-3059 Mobility and Productivity       X   Not in 2006-07 Performance Plan Yes Report No. FHWA-HRT-05-056 and FHWA-HRT-05-057
Optimized Sections for High-Strength Concrete Bridge Girders* Joey Hartmann HRDI-6 202-493-3059 Mobility and Productivity       X   Not in 2006-07 Performance Plan Yes Report No. FHWA-HRT-05-058
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/infrastructure/structures/05058/
Seismic Retrofitting Manual for Highway Structures, Part 1 and 2* W. Phillip Yen
HRDI-7 202-493-3056
Safety, Mobility, and Productivity       X   Not in 2006-07 Performance Plan Yes Two manuals were published. FHWA-HRT-06-032 and FHWA-HRT-05-067.
Seismic Retrofitting Guidelines for Complex Steel Truss Highway Bridges* W. Phillip Yen
HRDI-7 202-493-3056
Safety, Mobility, and Productivity       X   Not in 2006-07 Performance Plan Yes These guidelines are a supplement to the 2006 FHWA Seismic Retrofitting Manual for Highway Structures for "unusual" or "long span" steel trusses. The manual is being published
Seismic Isolation of Highway Bridges* W. Phillip Yen
HRDI-7 202-493-3056
Safety, Mobility, and Productivity       X   Not in 2006-07 Performance Plan Yes This manual is a supplement to the Guide Specifications for Seismic Isolation Design published by AASHTO in 1999. The manual is being published
Methodology and Software for Seismic Risk Analysis of Highway Systems—REDARS 2* W. Phillip Yen
HRDI-7 202-493-3056
Safety, Mobility, and Productivity       X   Not in 2006-07 Performance Plan Yes The REDARS 2 report provides basic framework and demonstrates application of the Seismic Risk Analysis (SRA) methodology and modules. The main modules include hazards, components, system, and economics. The manual is being published
Recommended New Seismic Design Specifications for Highway Bridges* W. Phillip Yen
HRDI-7 202-493-3056
Safety, Mobility, and Productivity       X   Not in 2006-07 Performance Plan Yes This study was co-funded with NCHRP to develop new seismic specification for highway bridges. The publication is available through NCHRP 20-7/task 193.
Recommended Seismic Performance Testing Methodology for Bridge Piers* W. Phillip Yen
HRDI-7 202-493-3056
Safety, Mobility, and Productivity       X   Not in 2006-07 Performance Plan Yes This is a FHWA staff research project The report is being published
Fire-retardant Treatment for Historic Covered Bridges* John O'Fallon HRDI-7 202-493-3051 Safety and Environment       X   Not in 2006-07 Performance Plan No Final draft report is complete.
Develop Educational Guide on the History of Covered Bridges in the United States * John O'Fallon HRDI-7 202-493-3051 Environment       X   Not in 2006-07 Performance Plan No Final draft report is complete.
Office of Operations R&D
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal
Impact
Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Anticipated Research Completion Date Product
Available
Comments

25

50

75

100

Intelligent Vehicle Initiative (IVI) and Research Related to Human Centered Systems
Infrastructure Consortium (IC) Prototype I Intersection Collision Avoidance (ICA) Projects* Gene McHale
HRDO-04
202-493-3275
Safety     X   No April 2005 No These projects were mostly completed by September 2005. However, the completion date for all of the projects was extended due to the significant Cooperative Intersection Collision Avoidance Systems (CICAS) support required by the IC. The final reports are expected in the near future.
CICAS IC Gene McHale
HRDO-04
202-493-3275
Safety X       Yes Aug. 2010 No Partnering with automobile manufacturers, the IC will design, develop, and test prototype CICAS technologies in support of the USDOT's CICAS Initiative. Following testing of prototype systems, the IC will support field operational testing of the CICAS technologies.
Work Zone ITS for Crash Avoidance-Phase II Peter Huang
HRDO-04
202-493-3484
Safety, Mobility and Productivity        X Yes April 2006 Yes In this phase, a prototype system was developed, tested, and demonstrated. The method was studied in a driving simulator and then a public demonstration was held at the Chrysler proving ground in the first quarter of 2006.
Wireless Magnet Work Zone System, SBIR Phase I* Peter Huang
HRDO-04
202-493-3484
Safety, Mobility and Productivity       X Yes July 2006 Yes This project will develop a work zone collision warning system using low-cost magnet sensors and wireless technology. The system will have great potential to significantly reduce rear-end crashes in work zone areas. Phase I of this project focused on the development of magnetic speed sensors.
Wireless Magnet Work Zone System, SBIR Phase II* Peter Huang
HRDO-04
202-493-3484
Safety, Mobility and Productivity  X       Yes Nov. 2008 No This project will develop a work zone collision warning system using low-cost magnet sensors and wireless technology. In this phase, a functional integrated system will be developed based on the major components developed in Phase I.
Transportation Management Center (TMC) National Pooled Fund Study Results Raj Ghaman HRDO-03
202-493-3270

Thomas Granda HRDS-07
202-493-3365
Safety, Mobility and Productivity         Yes Ongoing Yes This is a study of the operational and human centered issues common among agencies that manage and operate TMCs. States contribute to this pooled-fund project on a yearly basis and select projects on an ongoing basis depending on the availability of funds.
Human Factors Assessment of Infrastructure-Based ICA Devices—Phase II Gene McHale
HRDO-04
202-493-3275
Safety           Sept. 2006   This work is reported in Project 16 under Safety R&D.
Traffic Control Device Consortium Pooled Fund
Study
Joe Moyer
HRDS-07
202-493-3370
Safety, Mobility and Productivity         Yes Ongoing Yes A consortium of State, regional, and local entities, FHWA, and other partners are evaluating innovative traffic control devices. The results will be included in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). This study will be done in conjunction with the Human Centered Systems Laboratories.
Real-Time Linux Operating System for Advanced Traffic Controllers David Gibson
HRDO-04
202-493-3271
Mobility and Productivity        X Yes Sept. 2006 No The purpose of this project is to connect the Linux real-time operating system to advanced transportation controllers. This will provide the support necessary for faster detector polling and information processing, which is required for CICAS and vehicle infrastructure integration (VII) research. Phase I and II are complete. A draft final report for Phase II is under review. Phase III will develop a version of the software suitable for on street use by traffic signal vendors.
Traffic Control and Operations
Adaptive Control System (ACS) "Lite"-Field Tests Raj Ghaman
HRDO-03
202-493-3270
Mobility and Productivity      X   No Jan. 2006 No Econolite controller testing was completed in Gahanna, OH. Eagle controller testing was completed in Houston, TX and Peek controller testing was completed in Bradenton, FL. The final field test of McCain controllers is planned for El Cajon, CA. Developing the interface between the proprietary controllers and the ACS Lite software took longer than originally anticipated. The estimated completion date is January 2007.
Identify Service Concepts and Technologies for Emergency Transportation Operations Raj Ghaman
HRDO-03
202-493-3270
Safety, Security, Mobility and Productivity       X No Jan. 2006 Yes Service Concept Task 3 report delivered in September 2005, and Technology Final Report in September 2006.
Surface Transportation Security and Reliability Information System Model Deployment (iFlorida) Toni Wilbur
HRDO-01
202-493-3269
Safety, Security, Mobility and Productivity   X     No June 2008 No This project will demonstrate and evaluate how security, reliability, and safety can be enhanced through the widespread availability of real-time information. The deployment phase is nearing completion and the project evaluation is underway.
Coordinated Freeway and Arterials Plans and Procedures Handbook* James Colyar
HRDO-03
202-493-3282
Mobility and Productivity       X No May 2006 Yes Report No. FHWA-HRT-06-095 http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/operations/its/06095/index.cfm
Ramp Management Handbook* James Colyar
HRDO-03
202-493-3282
Mobility and Productivity       X No Jan. 2006 Yes This is a follow-up document to the Freeway Management and Operations Handbook (FHWA-OP-04-003). The final handbook, primer, brochure, fact sheet, and FAQs are finished and available at: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freewaymgmt/
ramp_mgmnt.htm
Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Initiative-Phase I: Foundational Research Dale Thompson HRDO-03
202-493-3420
Safety, Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Completed Yes The foundational research to initiate the ICM program is complete.
Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Initiative-Phase II: Technical Integration and Advanced Modeling Systems Dale Thompson HRDO-03
202-493-3420
Safety, Mobility and Productivity X       Yes Sept. 2008 No ICM stakeholder involvement will continue through Phase II (ICM Research and Systems Development). During Phase II, researchers will address integration issues, initiate research projects, develop ICM analysis tools, and establish demonstration sites. More information is available at: http://www.itsa.org/icm.html.
Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Initiative-Phase III: Pioneer Site Demonstrations* Dale Thompson HRDO-03
202-493-3420
Safety, Mobility and Productivity X       Yes Dec. 2007 No Phase III is underway with eight pioneer sights selected to develop ICM concepts of operations. Multiple Pioneer Sites were chosen to expand the probability of generating innovative ideas, and to demonstrate the broadest advancement of the new concept of ICM.
Integration of DynaMIT, CLAIRE, and the Advanced Incident Detection Algorithm (AIDA) for Real-Time Traffic Management on Arterials: Field Test in Los Angeles, CA. Henry Lieu
HRDO-03
202-493-3273
Mobility and Productivity        X No April 2006 No The goal of this project is to integrate DynaMIT, CLAIRE, and AIDA to facilitate real-time traffic management on arterials in Los Angeles, CA. The project is complete.
Integration of DYNASMART-X, CLAIRE, and RHODES® for Real-Time Traffic Management: Field Test in Houston, TX Henry Lieu
HRDO-03
202-493-3273
Mobility and Productivity      X   No Dec. 2007 No The goal of this project is to integrate DYNASMART-X, CLAIRE, and RHODES into TranStarSM in Houston, TX. This will allow for real-time traffic management to alleviate traffic congestion, particularly congestion caused by freeway reconstruction and flooding. The project was delayed by 1 year due to contracting issues that have now been resolved. The project started in early 2005 and is projected to be completed in December 2007.
Winter Weather Maintenance Decision Support System (MDSS) Deployment Assistance Randall VanGorder
HRDO-03
202-493-3266

Rudy Persaud
HRDO-04
202-493-3391
Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Environment     X   Yes Sept. 2006 Yes This project will provide deployment assistance to ensure that the MDSS technology is transferred successfully to the private sector. The project also will complete all programming, documentation, and evaluations from the second year of the MDSS demonstration. Paul Pisano is the COTR for this project. The project was extended for an additional year. The new estimated completion date is Sep 2007.
Winter Weather MDSS Pooled Fund Study Rudy Persaud
HRDO-04
202-493-3391
Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Environment     X   Yes June 2006 No This project is a pooled fund study involving nine States. The project goal is to develop an MDSS to help maintenance crews better plan and respond to winter weather and road conditions. This project was extended for an additional year of field testing and evaluation. As with all pooled fund studies, this project may be extended based on the continued mutual interest of the pooled fund member agencies. The new estimated completion date is June 2007.
Clear Roads Pooled Fund Study Rudy Persaud
HRDO-04
202-493-3391
Safety,
Mobility and
Productivity,
Environment
  X     Yes Dec. 2007 No Clear Roads is a pooled fund research project aimed at rigorous testing of winter maintenance materials, equipment, and methods for use by highway maintenance crews.
High Plains ITS Coalition* Rudy Persaud
HRDO-04
202-493-3391
Safety,
Mobility and
Productivity,
Environment
  X     Yes Dec. 2007 No The purpose of the coalition is to gather and share information that will help agency personnel in each State make operational decisions based conditions and actions taking place in the surrounding state. Under this project, a web-based system will be built that disseminates information about those conditions and actions on the highway system.
Empirical Studies of Traffic Flow in Inclement Weather* James Colyar
HRDO-03
202-493-3282
Safety, Mobility and Productivity     X   Yes Dec. 2006 No This project involves collecting traffic and weather data from Baltimore, MD; Minneapolis, MN; and Seattle, WA. After the data are collected, the relationship between adverse weather and traffic operations will be researched. The final report is under final editing.
Traffic Detector Handbook David Gibson
HRDO-04
202-493-3271
Safety, Mobility and Productivity       X No Completed No The update to the handbook is complete, a peer review was completed, and a request for printing was submitted.
Traffic Detector Video David Gibson
HRDO-04
202-493-3271
Safety, Mobility and Productivity        X No Sept. 2006 No The video clearly explains how to install inductive loop detectors. It will be distributed to the appropriate mailing lists on DVD.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for Aerial Surveillance David Gibson
HRDO-04
202-493-3271
Safety, Mobility and Productivity         No N/A No This project was terminated due to contractor fiscal problems.
Pedestrian Stereo Imaging Sensor David Gibson
HRDO-04
202-493-3271
Safety, Mobility and Productivity      X   Yes Sept. 2007 No This project will investigate the uses of stereo imaging to detect and trace pedestrians near intersections. Phase 1 was completed in September 2005. A second phase has been recommended, with an estimated completion date of September 2007.
Traffic Analysis Tools/Simulation and Modeling
Strategic Work Zone Analysis Tools (SWAT) Debbie Curtis HRDO-03 202-493-3267 Mobility and Productivity       X Yes Dec. 2005 Yes All projects under this program were completed in December 2005.
CORSIM Application Guidelines James Colyar
HRDO-03
202-493-3282
Mobility and Productivity     X   No Jan. 2006 No These guidelines will be Volume IV of the FHWA Traffic Analysis Toolbox. The start of the project was delayed, but the final report is now under final editing. The new target completion date is September 2007.
Next Generation Simulation Modeling (NGSIM) James Colyar
HRDO-03
202-493-3282
Mobility and Productivity     X   No Dec. 2007 Yes The following tasks or products are complete and available at http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficanalysistools/ngsim.htm/:
  • Algorithm assessment and algorithm prioritization reports.
  • High-level project development plans. Prototype and full vehicle trajectory dataset on I-80 in Emeryville, CA.
  • Vehicle trajectory datasets for U.S. 101 freeway and Lankershim Blvd. Arterial in Los Angeles, CA
  • Open-source version of MITSIMLab, a simulation package used for algorithm validation.
  • Freeway lane selection algorithm. and commercial validation of algorithm by simulation developers
  • Cooperative freeway merge algorithm
  • Arterial lane selection algorithm (March 2007).
  • Oversaturated freeway flow algorithm (March 2007).
  • Arterial vehicle trajectory dataset in Atlanta, GA
DynaMIT-P-Field Test in Hampton Roads, VA* Henry Lieu
HRDO-03
202-493-3273
Mobility and Productivity       No April 2006 No The Phase 1 offline evaluation work was completed in July 2004. The Phase 2 online evaluation work started in September 2004. The work is complete and the software was delivered to the Center for Microcomputers in Transportation (McTrans) for distribution.
Enabling Technologies
Global Positioning System (GPS) Surface Observation System Installation for Integrated Precipitable Water Vapor (IPWV)* James Arnold
HRDO-04
202-493-3265

Rudy Persaud
HRDO-04
202-493-3391
Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Environmentt, Security      X   No Dec. 2007 No The installation of GPS Surface Observation System (GSOS) meteorological sensors at NDGPS sites provides useful weather observations and the information needed to calculate atmospheric water vapor. Funding was not available to meet the December 2005 target date. The new estimated completion date is December 2007.
NDGPS Reference Station Modernization* James Arnold
HRDO-04
202-493-3265
Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Environmentt, Security   X     No Dec. 2008 No This project involves research to define existing GPS capability. The December 2008 target completion date is based on anticipated funding.
NEPA Environmenttal Investigations in support of NDGPS* Rudy Persaud
HRDO-04
202-43391 Jamesmes Arnold
HRDO-04
202-493-3265
Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Environmentt, Security     X   No Dec. 2008 No The NDGPS program serves transportation, public safety, and scientific applications. As part of this effort, FHWA is presently gathering information to prepare documentation to support a finding of no-significant impact (FONSI) as outline in the NDGPS (PEA) which was prepared for the entire NDGPS program.
High-Accuracy NDGPS James Arnold
HRDO-04
202-493-3265
Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Environmentt, Security      X   Yes Dec. 2007 No This is a research program to evaluate the potential for achieving very high-accuracy navigation solutions using existing infrastructure.
Precipitable Water Vapor for Weather Forecasting* James Arnold
HRDO-04
202-493-3265
Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Environmentt, Security      X   Yes Dec. 2007 No This is a research program to develop and evaluate a precipitable water vapor algorithm, which will help improve weather forecasting.
Dedicated Short-Range Communications/ Wireless Access for Vehicular Environmentts James Arnold
HRDO-04
202-493-3265
Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Environmentt, Security     X   Yes Dec. 2008 No This project involves the development of telecommunications technology. Researchers will obtain a spectrum allocation from the Federal Communications Commission; develop licensing rules, standards, and prototypes; and perform an initial deployment of the technology.
Telecommunications Interference Model for Predicting Ionospheric Changes James Arnold
HRDO-04
202-493-3265
Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Environmentt, Security      X   Yes Dec. 2008 No This is a research program to develop and evaluate an ionospheric model for predicting interference levels with telecommunication systems.
Identify Mobility Applications for Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) Bob Ferlis
HRDO-02
202-493-3268
Mobility and Productivity       Yes Jan. 2006 Yes This project was intended to identify and assess innovative mobility concepts as an ITS Tier 2 exploratory initiative. The reports are available for internal USDOT use, and serve as the basis for ITS and FHWA Operations management briefings.
Office of Safety R&D
Project Technical Contact Projected Goal
Impact
Project Completion
Status (Percent)
On Schedule Anticipated Research Completion Date Product
Available
Comments

25

50

75

100

Run-Off-The-Road Prevention: Design
Driver Performance Effects from Innovative Applications of Pavement Markings and Raised Retroreflective Pavement Markers (RRPM) (Field Study) Ken Opiela HRDS-5 202-493-3371 Safety     X   Yes June 2006 No Final report submitted and accepted, but not yet published.
Interactive Highway Safety Design Model (IHSDM)—Two-Lane Rural Highway Update Release Ray Krammes HRDS-5202-493-3312 Safety       X Yes Sept. 2006 Yes The 2006 updated public release of IHSDM was posted on September 30, 2006.
Driver Performance Effects from Innovative Applications of Pavement Markings and RRPMs (Lab Study) Ken Opiela HRDS-5 202-493-3371 Safety       X Yes Dec. 2006 No Final report, combined with related field study was submitted and accepted, but is not published yet.
Wet Night Visibility of Pavement Markings Carl Andersen HRDS-5 202-493-3366 Safety     X   Yes March 2007 No On schedule for FY 2007 completion.
Updated Minimum Levels for Pavement marking Retroreflectivity Carl Andersen HRDS-5 202-493-3366 Safety   X     Yes Sept. 2007 No On schedule for FY 2007 completion.
Guidelines for Maintaining Night Visibility of Pavement Markings Ken Opiela HRDS-5 202-493-3371 Safety     X   Yes Sept. 2007 No On schedule for FY 2007 completion.
Run-Off-The-Road Mitigation: Severity Reduction
Mailbox Surrogate Tes Ken Opiela HRDS-5 202-493-3371 Safety     X   No June 2006 No Completion of remaining work was deferred to FY 2008 due to other competing priorities.
Guardrail Blockout Surrogate Tes Ken Opiela HRDS-5 202-493-3371 Safety   X     No Sept. 2006 No Efforts are continuing under an expanded scope, with anticipated completion date of June 2008.
Cable Median Barrier Development Ken Opiela HRDS-5 202-493-3371 Safety     X   No Sept. 2006 No First phase is complete and Phase 2 efforts were completed.
Vehicle Impacts for Median Landscape Treatments Ken Opiela HRDS-5 202-493-3371 Safety X       No Dec. 2006 No Initiation of this project was deferred due to competing priorities, but this effort was reprogrammed to be part of an FY 2007 effort on "Effects of Terrain on Vehicle Trajectories."
Intersections
Design and Performance Analysis of Pedestrian Crossing Facilities for Continuous Flow Intersections Joe Bared HRDS-5 202-493-3314 Safety       X Yes Jan. 2006 Yes Study results published in Transportation Research Record 1939.
Operational Evaluation of the New Jersey Jughandle Intersection Joe Bared HRDS-5 202-493-3314 Safety     X   Yes June 2007 No On schedule for FY 2007 completion.
Safety Evaluation of the New Jersey Jughandle Intersection Joe Bared HRDS-5 202-493-3314 Safety       X Yes Jan. 2007 Yes Study results published in Transportation Research Record 1953.
Safety Impact of Urban Freeway Interchange Spacing Joe Bared HRDS-5 202-493-3314 Safety     X   Yes June 2007 No On schedule for FY 2007 completion.
Novel Intersections—Diverging Diamond Interchanges Joe Bared HRDS-5 202-493-3314 Safety     X   Yes May 2007 No On schedule for FY 2007 completion.
Safety Analysis of Interchanges Joe Bared HRDS-5 202-493-3314 Safety     X   Yes Aug. 2007 No On schedule for FY 2007 completion.
Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Tier 2: ITS Technologies to Reduce Pedestrian Injuries and Fatalities Ann Do HRDS-6 202-493-3319 Safety       X Yes May 2006 Yes Final report completed. It will not be published but is available upon request.
Evaluation of Safety Design and Operation of Shared-Use Paths Ann Do HRDS-6 202-493-3319 Safety       X Yes April 2006 Yes Report No. FHWA-HRT-05-137 (Final Report) http://www.tfhrc.gov/safety/pedbike/
pubs/05137/index.htm
, and Report No. FHWA-HRT-05-138 (User Guide) http://www.tfhrc.gov/safety/pedbike/
pubs/05138/index.htm
University Course on Pedestrians and Bicyclists Ann Do HRDS-6 202-493-3319 Safety       X Yes April 2006 Yes Published as FHWA-HRT-06-065.
Development of Design Guidelines for Crosswalk Lighting Carl Andersen HRDS-5 202-493-3366 Safety     X   No May 2006 No Data collection and analysis completed. Project delayed with new completion date of July 2007.
Pedestrian Bicycle Crash Analysis Tool (PBCAT) V 2.0 Ann Do HRDS-6 202-493-3319 Safety       X Yes May 2006 Yes Published as FHWA-HRT-06-089 (Software) and FHWA-HRT-06-090 (Tech Brief).
In-Roadway Warning Lights Study Ann Do HRDS-6 202-493-3319 Safety   X     No June 2006 No Completion delayed and on hold pending resolution of equipment malfunction at one of two evaluation sites.
Segway® Human Transporter Ann Do HRDS-6 202-493-3319 Safety       X Yes June 2006 No Originally planned effort completed. Final report submitted but pending publication. A new phase of work has been added and is underway.
Hazard Index for Assessing Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety at Intersections Ann Do HRDS-6 202-493-3319 Safety     X   No Sept. 2006 No Retitled "Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Indices at Intersections." Final report from contractor expected by Dec 2006 with publication by June 2007.
Speed Management
Results of Field Tests on Impacts of Settings and Enforcing Rational Speed Limits Abdul Zineddin HRDS-5 202-493-3369 Safety     X   Yes Dec. 2006 No The evaluation in one community that HRDS staff managed is on schedule for FY 2007 completion.
Safety Management Systems
Rollover Causation Study Carol Tan HRDS-5 202-493-3315 Safety X       No Sept. 2006 No In-house study canceled due to staffing shortages.
SafetyAnalyst Ray Krammes HRDS-5202-493-3312 Safety     X   Yes Nov. 2006 No On schedule for FY 2007 delivery of the interim version of the software to participating pooled-fund States for testing.
Evaluation of the Safety Edge Carol Tan HRDS-5 202-493-3315 Safety   X     Yes June 2007 No On schedule for FY 2007 delivery of an interim report on evaluation of crash data for the first year after installation of the Safety Edge. The final report, based upon 3 years of after-period data, is scheduled for delivery June 2009.
Advanced Research—Digital Highway Measurement Vehicle Kunik Lee HRDS-4 202-493-3491 Safety X       No Dec. 2007 No Initiation of project was delayed and is pending sufficient response to pooled-fund study solicitation.
Evaluation of Low-Cost Safety Improvements Carol Tan HRDS-5 202-493-3315 Safety     X   Yes June 2007 No On schedule for FY 2007 completion of evaluations of four low cost safety treatments.
Human Centered Systems
Sign Assessment for Infrastructure Systems Tom Granda HRDS-7 202-493-3365 Safety, Mobility and Productivity       N/A Yes Ongoing Yes Continuing effort to aid Office of Operations with MUTCD-related issues. Multiple products are available, primarily through a Traffic Control Devices Pooled Fund Study.
Infrastructure-Cooperative Systems ICA Phase 2 (Mid-Phase Traffic Signal Adaptation Study) Tom Granda HRDS-7 202-493-3365 Safety, Mobility and Productivity X       No Dec. 2007 No Project postponed indefinitely due to lack of funding.
Traffic Control Device Consortium Pooled Fund Study Projects Tom Granda HRDS-7 202-493-3365 Safety, Mobility and Productivity       N/A Yes Ongoing Yes Continuing effort to investigate issues of concern to Pooled Fund Study member States. See http://www.pooledfund.org/
projectdetails.asp?id=281&status=4
for details.
Transportation Management Center (TMC) Pooled Fund Study Projects Tom Granda HRDS-7 202-493-3365 Mobility and Productivity       N/A Yes Ongoing Yes Continuing effort to investigate issues of concern to Pooled Fund Study member States. See http://tmcpfs.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/index.cfm for details.

* Additions to FY 2006/2007 Performance Plan

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