Transportation Avalanche Research Pool (TARP) 2.0

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(497)
Lead Organization: Colorado Department of Transportation
Solicitation Number: 1565
Partners: British Columbia Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure, Alaska Railroad Corporation, Milford Road NZ Transportation Agency , AK, CA, CAIC, CO, ID, UT, WA, WY
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Apr 28, 2022
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $515,000.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): David Reeves
david.reeves@state.co.us
Phone: 303-757-9518
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Patricia Sergeson
Patricia.sergeson@dot.gov
Phone: 202-493-3166
Study Champion(s): Jamie Yount
Jamie.yount@state.co.us
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2022 $25,000.00 Jim Kennedy Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2023 $25,000.00 Jim Kennedy Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2024 $25,000.00 Jim Kennedy Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Alaska Railroad Corporation 2022 $5,000.00 Matt McKee Matt McKee (907)565-9204 McKeeM@akrr.com
Alaska Railroad Corporation 2023 $5,000.00 Matt McKee Matt McKee (907)565-9204 McKeeM@akrr.com
Alaska Railroad Corporation 2024 $5,000.00 Matt McKee Matt McKee (907)565-9204 McKeeM@akrr.com
Alaska Railroad Corporation 2025 $5,000.00 Matt McKee Matt McKee (907)565-9204 McKeeM@akrr.com
Alaska Railroad Corporation 2026 $5,000.00 Matt McKee Matt McKee (907)565-9204 McKeeM@akrr.com
British Columbia Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure 2022 $5,000.00 Paul Harwood Robb Andersen 250-551-5182 Robb.Andersen@gov.bc.ca
British Columbia Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure 2023 $5,000.00 Paul Harwood Robb Andersen 250-551-5182 Robb.Andersen@gov.bc.ca
British Columbia Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure 2024 $5,000.00 Paul Harwood Robb Andersen 250-551-5182 Robb.Andersen@gov.bc.ca
California Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Sergio Aceves Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Sergio Aceves Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
Colorado Avalanche Information Center 2022 $5,000.00 Naomi Hodges Naomi Hodges 303-866-3311 x8229 naomi.hodges@state.co.us
Colorado Avalanche Information Center 2023 $5,000.00 Naomi Hodges Naomi Hodges 303-866-3311 x8229 naomi.hodges@state.co.us
Colorado Avalanche Information Center 2024 $5,000.00 Naomi Hodges Naomi Hodges 303-866-3311 x8229 naomi.hodges@state.co.us
Colorado Avalanche Information Center 2025 $5,000.00 Naomi Hodges Naomi Hodges 303-866-3311 x8229 naomi.hodges@state.co.us
Colorado Avalanche Information Center 2026 $5,000.00 Naomi Hodges Naomi Hodges 303-866-3311 x8229 naomi.hodges@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Jamie Yount David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Jamie Yount David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Jamie Yount David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Idaho Department of Transportation $0.00
Milford Road NZ Transportation Agency 2022 $5,000.00 Kevin Thompson Kevin Thompson 6432499735 Kevin.Thompson@nzta.govt.nz
Milford Road NZ Transportation Agency 2023 $5,000.00 Kevin Thompson Kevin Thompson 6432499735 Kevin.Thompson@nzta.govt.nz
Milford Road NZ Transportation Agency 2024 $5,000.00 Kevin Thompson Kevin Thompson 6432499735 Kevin.Thompson@nzta.govt.nz
Milford Road NZ Transportation Agency 2025 $5,000.00 Kevin Thompson Kevin Thompson 6432499735 Kevin.Thompson@nzta.govt.nz
Milford Road NZ Transportation Agency 2026 $5,000.00 Kevin Thompson Kevin Thompson 6432499735 Kevin.Thompson@nzta.govt.nz
Utah Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Steven Clark David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Steven Clark David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Steven Clark David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin 360-705-7972 brodind@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin 360-705-7972 brodind@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin 360-705-7972 brodind@wsdot.wa.gov
Wyoming Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Enid White Thomas Atkinson 307-777-4476
Wyoming Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Enid White Thomas Atkinson 307-777-4476
Wyoming Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Enid White Thomas Atkinson 307-777-4476

Study Description

Avalanche forecasting and mitigation are critical operations for transportation agencies that manage highways and railways that are exposed to avalanches.  These operations are an important part of winter operations in many western states and have large implications for public and workers safety.

Objectives

The current Transportation Avalanche Research Pooled (TARP) Fund project (TPF – 5(337)) is ending, and the next phase of pooled fund work will begin under this new solicitation.  This new TARP project will maintain the original mission of supporting collaborative research efforts toward avalanche hazard assessment and mitigation within the transportation industry.  The goals are to improving public and worker safety, improve operational efficiency, improve and develop informational analysis tools, and explore beneficial avalanche technologies and techniques. 

Currently, almost all Transportation agencies that operate avalanche programs in North America are participating in TARP and have expressed great interest in participating in the next phase of the project.

Scope of Work

The group will fund research and development efforts to achieve the following project goals with research focusing on:

  • Avalanche Performance Metrics
  • Avalanche Mapping & Hazard Analysis
  • Avalanche Safety & Risk Management
  • Avalanche Detection & Warning
  • Remote Avalanche Control Systems (RACS)
  • Avalanche Blast & Explosive Analysis

To accomplish these objectives, collaboration between all parties is encouraged, regular Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meetings will be held, and an annual face-to-face meeting for all parties will be convened to evaluate the current work done under the study and to plan and implement future activities.

Comments

Minimum annual commitment of $25,000 for a minimum of three years is recommended ($75,000 total) but lesser amounts may be considered with approval of TAC members. 

A total combined commitment of $300,000 to the fund is the minimum required amount to initiate a study. It is hoped to attract membership from additional transportation-related organizations internationally as well.


Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
CDOT Acceptance Letter CDOT Acceptance Letter - TPF-5-497-2022.pdf Memorandum Public
Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
Approved SPR Memo Approval SPR Waiver Memo#1565.pdf Memorandum Public
Approval Waiver Memo Approval SPR Waiver Memo#1565.pdf Memorandum Public

Transportation Avalanche Research Pool (TARP) 2.0

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(497)
Lead Organization: Colorado Department of Transportation
Solicitation Number: 1565
Partners: British Columbia Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure, Alaska Railroad Corporation, Milford Road NZ Transportation Agency , AK, CA, CAIC, CO, ID, UT, WA, WY
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Apr 28, 2022
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $515,000.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): David Reeves
david.reeves@state.co.us
Phone: 303-757-9518
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Patricia Sergeson
Patricia.sergeson@dot.gov
Phone: 202-493-3166
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2022 $25,000.00 Jim Kennedy Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2023 $25,000.00 Jim Kennedy Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2024 $25,000.00 Jim Kennedy Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Alaska Railroad Corporation 2022 $5,000.00 Matt McKee Matt McKee (907)565-9204 McKeeM@akrr.com
Alaska Railroad Corporation 2023 $5,000.00 Matt McKee Matt McKee (907)565-9204 McKeeM@akrr.com
Alaska Railroad Corporation 2024 $5,000.00 Matt McKee Matt McKee (907)565-9204 McKeeM@akrr.com
Alaska Railroad Corporation 2025 $5,000.00 Matt McKee Matt McKee (907)565-9204 McKeeM@akrr.com
Alaska Railroad Corporation 2026 $5,000.00 Matt McKee Matt McKee (907)565-9204 McKeeM@akrr.com
British Columbia Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure 2022 $5,000.00 Paul Harwood Robb Andersen 250-551-5182 Robb.Andersen@gov.bc.ca
British Columbia Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure 2023 $5,000.00 Paul Harwood Robb Andersen 250-551-5182 Robb.Andersen@gov.bc.ca
British Columbia Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure 2024 $5,000.00 Paul Harwood Robb Andersen 250-551-5182 Robb.Andersen@gov.bc.ca
California Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Sergio Aceves Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Sergio Aceves Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
Colorado Avalanche Information Center 2022 $5,000.00 Naomi Hodges Naomi Hodges 303-866-3311 x8229 naomi.hodges@state.co.us
Colorado Avalanche Information Center 2023 $5,000.00 Naomi Hodges Naomi Hodges 303-866-3311 x8229 naomi.hodges@state.co.us
Colorado Avalanche Information Center 2024 $5,000.00 Naomi Hodges Naomi Hodges 303-866-3311 x8229 naomi.hodges@state.co.us
Colorado Avalanche Information Center 2025 $5,000.00 Naomi Hodges Naomi Hodges 303-866-3311 x8229 naomi.hodges@state.co.us
Colorado Avalanche Information Center 2026 $5,000.00 Naomi Hodges Naomi Hodges 303-866-3311 x8229 naomi.hodges@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Jamie Yount David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Jamie Yount David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Jamie Yount David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Milford Road NZ Transportation Agency 2022 $5,000.00 Kevin Thompson Kevin Thompson 6432499735 Kevin.Thompson@nzta.govt.nz
Milford Road NZ Transportation Agency 2023 $5,000.00 Kevin Thompson Kevin Thompson 6432499735 Kevin.Thompson@nzta.govt.nz
Milford Road NZ Transportation Agency 2024 $5,000.00 Kevin Thompson Kevin Thompson 6432499735 Kevin.Thompson@nzta.govt.nz
Milford Road NZ Transportation Agency 2025 $5,000.00 Kevin Thompson Kevin Thompson 6432499735 Kevin.Thompson@nzta.govt.nz
Milford Road NZ Transportation Agency 2026 $5,000.00 Kevin Thompson Kevin Thompson 6432499735 Kevin.Thompson@nzta.govt.nz
Utah Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Steven Clark David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Steven Clark David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Steven Clark David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin 360-705-7972 brodind@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin 360-705-7972 brodind@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin 360-705-7972 brodind@wsdot.wa.gov
Wyoming Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Enid White Thomas Atkinson 307-777-4476
Wyoming Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Enid White Thomas Atkinson 307-777-4476
Wyoming Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Enid White Thomas Atkinson 307-777-4476

Study Description

Study Description

Avalanche forecasting and mitigation are critical operations for transportation agencies that manage highways and railways that are exposed to avalanches.  These operations are an important part of winter operations in many western states and have large implications for public and workers safety.

Objectives

The current Transportation Avalanche Research Pooled (TARP) Fund project (TPF – 5(337)) is ending, and the next phase of pooled fund work will begin under this new solicitation.  This new TARP project will maintain the original mission of supporting collaborative research efforts toward avalanche hazard assessment and mitigation within the transportation industry.  The goals are to improving public and worker safety, improve operational efficiency, improve and develop informational analysis tools, and explore beneficial avalanche technologies and techniques. 

Currently, almost all Transportation agencies that operate avalanche programs in North America are participating in TARP and have expressed great interest in participating in the next phase of the project.

Scope of Work

The group will fund research and development efforts to achieve the following project goals with research focusing on:

  • Avalanche Performance Metrics
  • Avalanche Mapping & Hazard Analysis
  • Avalanche Safety & Risk Management
  • Avalanche Detection & Warning
  • Remote Avalanche Control Systems (RACS)
  • Avalanche Blast & Explosive Analysis

To accomplish these objectives, collaboration between all parties is encouraged, regular Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meetings will be held, and an annual face-to-face meeting for all parties will be convened to evaluate the current work done under the study and to plan and implement future activities.

Comments

Minimum annual commitment of $25,000 for a minimum of three years is recommended ($75,000 total) but lesser amounts may be considered with approval of TAC members. 

A total combined commitment of $300,000 to the fund is the minimum required amount to initiate a study. It is hoped to attract membership from additional transportation-related organizations internationally as well.


Title File/Link Type Private
CDOT Acceptance Letter CDOT Acceptance Letter - TPF-5-497-2022.pdf Memorandum Public
Title File/Link Type Private
Approval Waiver Memo Approval SPR Waiver Memo#1565.pdf Memorandum Public
Approved SPR Memo Approval SPR Waiver Memo#1565.pdf Memorandum Public

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