Aurora Program

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(290)
Lead Organization: Iowa Department of Transportation
Contract Start Date: Aug 01, 2014
Solicitation Number: 1358
Partners: AK, AZDOT, CA, CO, DE, IADOT, IL, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NY, OH, PADOT, UT, VA, WA, WI
Status: Contract signed
Est. Completion Date: Jul 31, 2022
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2021
Contract End Date: Jul 31, 2022
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $2,250,000.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Khyle Clute
Khyle.Clute@iowadot.us
Phone: 515-239-1646
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Roemer Alfelor
roemer.alfelor@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 202- 366-9242
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2014 $25,000.00 Lisa idell-Sassi Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2015 $25,000.00 Lisa idell-Sassi Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2016 $25,000.00 Lisa idell-Sassi Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2017 $25,000.00 Lisa idell-Sassi Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2018 $25,000.00 Lisa idell-Sassi Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2019 $25,000.00 Lisa idell-Sassi Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2017 $0.00 Dianne Kresich Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Dianne Kresich Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Dianne Kresich Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
California Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Steven Hancock Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Steven Hancock Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Steven Hancock Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Steven Hancock Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Steven Hancock Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Steven Hancock Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
Colorado Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Tom Aguilar David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Tom Aguilar David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Tom Aguilar David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Tom Aguilar David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Tom Aguilar David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Delaware Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Anne Brown Anne Brown (302) 760-2198 anne.brown@state.de.us
Delaware Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Anne Brown Anne Brown (302) 760-2198 anne.brown@state.de.us
Delaware Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Anne Brown Anne Brown (302) 760-2198 anne.brown@state.de.us
Illinois Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Iowa Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Kansas Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Missouri Department of Transportation $0.00
New York State Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Joe Doherty Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Joe Doherty Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Joe Doherty Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman Amy Beise 701-328-6921 abeise@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman Amy Beise 701-328-6921 abeise@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman Amy Beise 701-328-6921 abeise@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman Amy Beise 701-328-6921 abeise@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman Amy Beise 701-328-6921 abeise@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman Amy Beise 701-328-6921 abeise@nd.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 John McKnabb General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 John McKnabb General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 John McKnabb General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 John McKnabb General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 John McKnabb General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 John McKnabb General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Jimmy White Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Jimmy White Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Jimmy White Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Jimmy White Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin 360-705-7972 brodind@wsdot.wa.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov

Study Description

The program’s mission is to support cooperative research, evaluation, and deployment of innovative

technologies that advance road weather monitoring and forecasting in highway design, construction,

maintenance and operations and to serve as an international advocate for expanded uses of these

technologies.

Objectives

The Aurora Program is a consortium of public road agencies focused on collaborative research,

evaluation, and deployment of advanced technologies for detailed road weather monitoring and

forecasting. Members seek to implement advanced road weather information systems (RWIS) that fully

integrate state‐of‐the‐art roadway and weather forecasting technologies with coordinated, multi‐agency weather monitoring infrastructures. Aurora’s research projects are designed to improve the efficiency of highway maintenance operations and distribute effective real‐time information to travelers. Its initiatives are expected to result in technological advancement and improvement of existing RWIS, significantly reducing the adverse impacts of inclement weather on mobility.

Six primary goals are:

1. To improve dissemination of road weather information to transportation providers and end users,

ultimately increasing safety by reducing potential weather‐related incidents and improving

transportation safety, reliability, and mobility in both urban and rural areas.

2. To improve the efficiency of maintenance operations.

3. To aid in the development of technologies that seamlessly integrate to facilitate the formation of

partnerships between maintenance and operations and facilitate the dissemination of road

weather information.

4. To develop initiatives that assist public agencies in deploying RWIS technologies and

methodologies.

5. To encourage greater cooperation and information exchange between transportation agencies

and the other agencies and groups.

6. To support development of expanded uses of RWIS technologies.

Defined areas of interest on which to focus its research program are:

* Decision Support Systems

* Meso‐scale Modeling

* Standards and Architecture

* Small‐scale Modeling and Analysis

* Information Dissemination Technologies

* Equipment Evaluations

* Road Condition Monitoring

* Innovative weather‐related Data Collection and Dissemination Instrumentation and

Methodologies

Scope of Work

SCOPE

The Aurora Program scope entails:

* Administration: The Aurora Executive Board works with a management consultant to oversee day-to-

day administration of the program activities including facilitation of progress reports and meetings.

* Meetings: The program holds periodic administrative meetings by the program chair and vice

chair, board web meetings, and semi‐annual on‐site board meetings to discuss program‐level

(financial, outreach, project progress, etc.) issues.

* Projects: Members may also serve on research project teams to provide guidance and oversight

to the research. Examples of prior projects are listed at

http://www.auroraprogram.org/projects‐comp.cfm.

Current initiatives are included in the “Project Status Summary” document.

* Outreach: Program members are also involved in various outreach activities to advocate for

advancement and use of road weather information systems (RWIS) technologies.

DELIVERABLES

The Aurora Program will fund research and advocacy that supports its vision and goals, including:

* Technical research reports

* Outreach activities

* Participation in RWIS related initiatives at the national and international level

* Webinars

Comments

Various project contracts each year plus administrative contract (which includes peer exchange and business meetings). 2014 and 2015 Admin fees are funded under SPR-3(042) per SPR-3(042) TAC approval. SPR-3(042) still has active project contracts during 2014 and 2015; the 2014 and 2015 admin contracts cover both SPR-3(042) and TPF-5(290).

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
Review Synthesis of Alternate Power Supplies http://publications.iowa.gov/37653 Final Report Public
Optimal RWIS Sensor Density and Location - Phase II http://publications.iowa.gov/33594 Final Report Public
Economic Impacts of Atmospheric Rivers in the Transportation Sector: Methodology and Preliminary Case Studies http://publications.iowa.gov/37619 Final Report Public
Demonstration and Inter-comparison of Seasonal Weight Restriction Models http://publications.iowa.gov/35060 Final Report Public
Weather Severity Indices – Key Issues and Potential Paths Forward http://publications.iowa.gov/37212 Final Report Public
Acceptance Memo 2015 TPF-5(290) Pooled Fund acceptance memo.pdf Memorandum Public
Status Update: Dec 2013 5(290) STATUS Dec 2013.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Reports: June 2014 TPF(290)_June 2014.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Reports: September 2014 TPF5(290)_September2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: December 2014 2014_12 TPF-5(290) QPR_revised.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2015 TPF-5(290)_March2015.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2014 5(290) QR March 2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: June 2015 15_2 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: September 2015 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: December 2015 2015_12-31 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2016 2016_03-31 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: June 2016 2016_06-30 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: September 2016 16_09-30 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: September 2016 16_09-30 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: December 2016 16_12-31 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2017 2017_03_31 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: June 2017 17_06-30 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: September 2017 17 09 30 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: December 2017 2017 12 31 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2018 2018 03 31 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: June 2018 5(290) QPR 2018 06 30.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: September 2018 TPF-5(290)_2018_Q3_2018 09 30.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: December 2018 5(290)_2018_Q4_2018 12 31.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2019 5(290)_2019_Q1_Hans_156 Aurora.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: June 2019 TPF-5(290)_2019_Q2_Hans_156 Aurora.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: September 2019 5(290)_2019_Q3_Hans_156 Aurora.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: December 2019 5(290)_2019_Q4_Hans_156 Aurora.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2020 5(290)_2020_Q1_Hans_156 Aurora New 731.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: June 2020 TPF-5(290)_2020_Q2_Hans_156 Aurora.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: September 2020 TPF-5(290)_2020_Q3.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: December 2020 TPF-5(290)_2020_Q4.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2021 TPF-5(290)_2021_Q1.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: June 2021 TPF-5(290)_2021_Q2.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Solicitation Waiver Approval of SP&R Waiver Solicitation#1358.pdf Solicitation Public
Solicitation Aurora Solicitation and Attachments 08-29-13.pdf Solicitation Public
2013-2014 Work Plan Final 2013-2014 Work Plan TPF-5(290) - FINAL.pdf Work Plan Public

Aurora Program

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(290)
Lead Organization: Iowa Department of Transportation
Contract Start Date: Aug 01, 2014
Solicitation Number: 1358
Partners: AK, AZDOT, CA, CO, DE, IADOT, IL, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NY, OH, PADOT, UT, VA, WA, WI
Status: Contract signed
Est. Completion Date: Jul 31, 2022
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2021
Contract End Date: Jul 31, 2022
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $2,250,000.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Khyle Clute
Khyle.Clute@iowadot.us
Phone: 515-239-1646
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Roemer Alfelor
roemer.alfelor@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 202- 366-9242
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2014 $25,000.00 Lisa idell-Sassi Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2015 $25,000.00 Lisa idell-Sassi Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2016 $25,000.00 Lisa idell-Sassi Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2017 $25,000.00 Lisa idell-Sassi Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2018 $25,000.00 Lisa idell-Sassi Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2019 $25,000.00 Lisa idell-Sassi Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2017 $0.00 Dianne Kresich Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Dianne Kresich Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Dianne Kresich Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
California Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Steven Hancock Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Steven Hancock Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Steven Hancock Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Steven Hancock Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Steven Hancock Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Steven Hancock Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
Colorado Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Tom Aguilar David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Tom Aguilar David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Tom Aguilar David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Tom Aguilar David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Tom Aguilar David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Delaware Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Anne Brown Anne Brown (302) 760-2198 anne.brown@state.de.us
Delaware Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Anne Brown Anne Brown (302) 760-2198 anne.brown@state.de.us
Delaware Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Anne Brown Anne Brown (302) 760-2198 anne.brown@state.de.us
Illinois Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Iowa Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Kansas Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
New York State Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Joe Doherty Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Joe Doherty Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Joe Doherty Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman Amy Beise 701-328-6921 abeise@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman Amy Beise 701-328-6921 abeise@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman Amy Beise 701-328-6921 abeise@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman Amy Beise 701-328-6921 abeise@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman Amy Beise 701-328-6921 abeise@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman Amy Beise 701-328-6921 abeise@nd.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 John McKnabb General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 John McKnabb General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 John McKnabb General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 John McKnabb General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 John McKnabb General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 John McKnabb General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Jimmy White Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Jimmy White Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Jimmy White Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Jimmy White Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin 360-705-7972 brodind@wsdot.wa.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2015 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2016 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov

Study Description

Study Description

The program’s mission is to support cooperative research, evaluation, and deployment of innovative

technologies that advance road weather monitoring and forecasting in highway design, construction,

maintenance and operations and to serve as an international advocate for expanded uses of these

technologies.

Objectives

The Aurora Program is a consortium of public road agencies focused on collaborative research,

evaluation, and deployment of advanced technologies for detailed road weather monitoring and

forecasting. Members seek to implement advanced road weather information systems (RWIS) that fully

integrate state‐of‐the‐art roadway and weather forecasting technologies with coordinated, multi‐agency weather monitoring infrastructures. Aurora’s research projects are designed to improve the efficiency of highway maintenance operations and distribute effective real‐time information to travelers. Its initiatives are expected to result in technological advancement and improvement of existing RWIS, significantly reducing the adverse impacts of inclement weather on mobility.

Six primary goals are:

1. To improve dissemination of road weather information to transportation providers and end users,

ultimately increasing safety by reducing potential weather‐related incidents and improving

transportation safety, reliability, and mobility in both urban and rural areas.

2. To improve the efficiency of maintenance operations.

3. To aid in the development of technologies that seamlessly integrate to facilitate the formation of

partnerships between maintenance and operations and facilitate the dissemination of road

weather information.

4. To develop initiatives that assist public agencies in deploying RWIS technologies and

methodologies.

5. To encourage greater cooperation and information exchange between transportation agencies

and the other agencies and groups.

6. To support development of expanded uses of RWIS technologies.

Defined areas of interest on which to focus its research program are:

* Decision Support Systems

* Meso‐scale Modeling

* Standards and Architecture

* Small‐scale Modeling and Analysis

* Information Dissemination Technologies

* Equipment Evaluations

* Road Condition Monitoring

* Innovative weather‐related Data Collection and Dissemination Instrumentation and

Methodologies

Scope of Work

SCOPE

The Aurora Program scope entails:

* Administration: The Aurora Executive Board works with a management consultant to oversee day-to-

day administration of the program activities including facilitation of progress reports and meetings.

* Meetings: The program holds periodic administrative meetings by the program chair and vice

chair, board web meetings, and semi‐annual on‐site board meetings to discuss program‐level

(financial, outreach, project progress, etc.) issues.

* Projects: Members may also serve on research project teams to provide guidance and oversight

to the research. Examples of prior projects are listed at

http://www.auroraprogram.org/projects‐comp.cfm.

Current initiatives are included in the “Project Status Summary” document.

* Outreach: Program members are also involved in various outreach activities to advocate for

advancement and use of road weather information systems (RWIS) technologies.

DELIVERABLES

The Aurora Program will fund research and advocacy that supports its vision and goals, including:

* Technical research reports

* Outreach activities

* Participation in RWIS related initiatives at the national and international level

* Webinars

Comments

Various project contracts each year plus administrative contract (which includes peer exchange and business meetings). 2014 and 2015 Admin fees are funded under SPR-3(042) per SPR-3(042) TAC approval. SPR-3(042) still has active project contracts during 2014 and 2015; the 2014 and 2015 admin contracts cover both SPR-3(042) and TPF-5(290).

Title File/Link Type Private
Review Synthesis of Alternate Power Supplies Final Report Public
Optimal RWIS Sensor Density and Location - Phase II Final Report Public
Economic Impacts of Atmospheric Rivers in the Transportation Sector: Methodology and Preliminary Case Studies Final Report Public
Demonstration and Inter-comparison of Seasonal Weight Restriction Models Final Report Public
Weather Severity Indices – Key Issues and Potential Paths Forward Final Report Public
Acceptance Memo 2015 TPF-5(290) Pooled Fund acceptance memo.pdf Memorandum Public
Status Update: Dec 2013 5(290) STATUS Dec 2013.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Reports: June 2014 TPF(290)_June 2014.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Reports: September 2014 TPF5(290)_September2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: December 2014 2014_12 TPF-5(290) QPR_revised.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2015 TPF-5(290)_March2015.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2014 5(290) QR March 2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: June 2015 15_2 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: September 2015 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: December 2015 2015_12-31 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2016 2016_03-31 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: June 2016 2016_06-30 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: September 2016 16_09-30 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: September 2016 16_09-30 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: December 2016 16_12-31 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2017 2017_03_31 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: June 2017 17_06-30 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: September 2017 17 09 30 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: December 2017 2017 12 31 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2018 2018 03 31 QPR 5(290).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: June 2018 5(290) QPR 2018 06 30.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: September 2018 TPF-5(290)_2018_Q3_2018 09 30.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: December 2018 5(290)_2018_Q4_2018 12 31.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2019 5(290)_2019_Q1_Hans_156 Aurora.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: June 2019 TPF-5(290)_2019_Q2_Hans_156 Aurora.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: September 2019 5(290)_2019_Q3_Hans_156 Aurora.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: December 2019 5(290)_2019_Q4_Hans_156 Aurora.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2020 5(290)_2020_Q1_Hans_156 Aurora New 731.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: June 2020 TPF-5(290)_2020_Q2_Hans_156 Aurora.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: September 2020 TPF-5(290)_2020_Q3.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: December 2020 TPF-5(290)_2020_Q4.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2021 TPF-5(290)_2021_Q1.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: June 2021 TPF-5(290)_2021_Q2.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Solicitation Waiver Approval of SP&R Waiver Solicitation#1358.pdf Solicitation Public
Solicitation Aurora Solicitation and Attachments 08-29-13.pdf Solicitation Public
2013-2014 Work Plan Final 2013-2014 Work Plan TPF-5(290) - FINAL.pdf Work Plan Public

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