|Former Study Number:|
|Lead Organization:||Federal Highway Administration|
|Partners:||Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, AL, AZDOT, CO, CT, DE, FHWA, GADOT, ID, KY, MDOT SHA, MN, NE, NHDOT, NM, OR, PADOT, TX, WI, WY|
|Status:||Cleared by FHWA|
|Est. Completion Date:|
|Last Updated:||Jun 01, 2023|
|Contract End Date:|
|Total Commitments Received:||$1,105,000.00|
|100% SP&R Approval:||Approved|
|Organization||Year||Commitments||Technical Contact Name||Funding Contact Name||Contact Number||Email Address|
|Alabama Department of Transportation||$0.00|
|Arizona Department of Transportation||2023||$30,000.00||James Meyer||Angela Estrada||(602) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Colorado Department of Transportation||2023||$30,000.00||Steve Abeyta||David Reevesemail@example.com|
|Connecticut Department of Transportation||2023||$15,000.00||Alexander Finch||Melanie Zimyeski||(860)594-2144||Melanie.Zimyeski@ct.gov|
|Connecticut Department of Transportation||2024||$15,000.00||Alexander Finch||Melanie Zimyeski||(860)594-2144||Melanie.Zimyeski@ct.gov|
|Delaware Department of Transportation||$0.00|
|Federal Highway Administration||2023||$500,000.00||Steven Jessberger||Steven Jessberger||202-366-5052||Steven.Jessberger@dot.gov|
|Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration||2023||$200,000.00||Leroy Tayor||John McGuigginfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Georgia Department of Transportation||2023||$15,000.00||Eric Conklin||Brennan Roneyemail@example.com|
|Georgia Department of Transportation||2024||$15,000.00||Eric Conklin||Brennan Roneyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Idaho Department of Transportation||2023||$30,000.00||Tony Grange||Ned Parrishemail@example.com|
|Kentucky Transportation Cabinet||2023||$15,000.00||Robert Brown||Jarrod Stanley||(502) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kentucky Transportation Cabinet||2024||$15,000.00||Robert Brown||Jarrod Stanley||(502) email@example.com|
|Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration||2023||$30,000.00||Barry Balzanna||Werner Schloughfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration||2024||$0.00||Barry Balzanna||Werner Schloughemail@example.com|
|Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration||2025||$0.00||Barry Balzanna||Werner Schloughfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Minnesota Department of Transportation||2023||$15,000.00||Gene Hicks||Nicole Westadtemail@example.com|
|Minnesota Department of Transportation||2024||$15,000.00||Gene Hicks||Nicole Westadtfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Nebraska Department of Transportation||2024||$30,000.00||Ryan Huff||Mark Fischer||(402) 479-3163||Mark.email@example.com|
|New Hampshire Department of Transportation||2023||$15,000.00||Stuart Thompson||Deirdre Nash||603-271-1659||Deirdre.T.Nash@dot.nh.gov|
|New Hampshire Department of Transportation||2024||$15,000.00||Stuart Thompson||Deirdre Nash||603-271-1659||Deirdre.T.Nash@dot.nh.gov|
|New Mexico Department of Transportation||2023||$30,000.00||Dan Watts||Angelo Armijo||(505)372-8757||Angelo.Armijo@dot.nm.gov|
|Oregon Department of Transportation||2023||$0.00||Josh Roll||Michael Bufalino||503-986-2845||Michael.Bufalino@odot.oregon.gov|
|Oregon Department of Transportation||2024||$0.00||Josh Roll||Michael Bufalino||503-986-2845||Michael.Bufalino@odot.oregon.gov|
|Pennsylvania Department of Transportation||2023||$15,000.00||Todd Rottet||Evan Zeidersfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Pennsylvania Department of Transportation||2024||$15,000.00||Todd Rottet||Evan Zeidersemail@example.com|
|Texas Department of Transportation||2023||$15,000.00||Catherine Wolff||Ned Mattilafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Texas Department of Transportation||2024||$15,000.00||Catherine Wolff||Ned Mattilaemail@example.com|
|Wisconsin Department of Transportation||2024||$15,000.00||Russell Lewis||Evelyn Brombergfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wyoming Department of Transportation||$0.00|
Current traffic monitoring practices primarily focus on counting the number of vehicles, classifying vehicles by length or axle arrangement, and weighing vehicles. Additional critical information such as body type (tractor and/or trailer) is not readily captured due to technology limitations. However, body type data and information are vital for goods movement and freight analysis as different commodities are transported by different vehicles. For example, perishables and other temperature-sensitive goods are carried by the so-called reefer, a sealed trailer with a refrigerated unit to keep the truck contents at a cooled temperature. Liquids and gases are typically transported by tanker trucks. Flatbed trailers have open decks with no roofs or sides, offer the greatest flexibility to carry not only oversized goods but also a wide range of other freight. Intermodal trucks carry standardized ocean containers. Dry freight trailers provide significant protection to the freight being moved from both inclement weather and other detrimental effects. In addition to the body type identification challenge from current traffic monitoring technologies, current practices also miss the highly desired data regarding the travel time and on/off points where vehicles enter or exit a roadway network, such as where and when a given truck enters or exits a particular highway. Information like this is vital to modeling and projecting vehicle routing associated with demand analysis.
The proposed pool fund study will deploy and demonstrate a set of effective technologies previously developed through the U.S. Department of Transportation Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program (SBIR: Measuring Traffic Performance with the Inductive Loop Detector Signature Technologies | SBIR.gov) to capture not only the legacy traffic monitoring data items but also additional body type and system usage information. The new to be deployed technology requires no new-on-the-roadway physical activities. The new technology relies on utilizing existing roadway embedded loop sensors to gain all needed data.
Demonstrate the loop signature technology (inductive Loop Signature Technology: i-LST) over various corridors across the US to demonstrate application of new effective and comprehensive data collection methods.
FHWA seeks partnerships with State DOTs and MPOs to conduct a traffic monitoring technology demonstration project. The project will enable participating agencies to gain additional data and information (e.g., detailed 100+ vehicle classifications and trailer body types, freight network travel characteristics) on top of the traditional counts and axle-based classification information. No physical in the roadway activities are needed. Any volume, classification or weigh-in-motion (WIM) location with loops in each lane can be used for this proposed pooled fund project.
Specifically, the project seeks agencies with candidate networks and freight corridors covering both Interstate and other functional class roadways where inductive loop sensors are used as the existing traffic monitoring method. Any volume, classification or WIM location with loops in each lane can be used for this proposed pooled fund project.
This new technology relies on capturing high-resolution inductive loop signals from existing inductive loop sensors and then characterizing these high-resolution signals (signature) to obtain vehicle class, vehicle speed, vehicle and trailer body type, and on/off highway network point identifications. Corridors will include both Interstates and interconnected roadways to ascertain the full picture of travel patterns along routes and between routes.
New Technology Capability:
· Detecting and classifying over 100+ types of vehicles with only one loop
· Determining vehicle speed from only one loop (loop shape or size up to 8’ makes no difference)
· Gaining additional identification data related to body/trailer type and vehicles by major categories (flatbed, dry goods semitrailer, tankers, refrigerated trucks, recreational vehicles, transit, inter-modal freight, logging trucks, electric vehicles, smart cars, etc.)
· Offering 5-digit coding of vehicles detailing vehicle characteristics without privacy issues
· Identifying freight travel patterns – where vehicles enter and exit the highway network
· Obtaining actual link travel time – the entire fleet becomes probe vehicles
· Enabling slow speed scenario (down to 5 mph) data collection
· Leadership – showcasing your leadership with new new technologies to improve traffic data collection capability and sustainability.
· Showcasing your State and agency practices to other agencies throughout the nation with peer-exchanges.
· Gaining opportunities to visit and learn from other States and other entities.
· New Data – in addition to gaining all the traditional loop data items, new data such as these listed below will also be provided:
o Specific vehicle class data – meeting the needs of freight analysis
o Travel time – true corridor level reliability by vehicle type
o Vehicle on and off points for roadway systems – benchmarking data for travel demand modeling and analysis
o Slow speed scenario data (congestion) – gaining information otherwise not collected
· Gaining first-hand experience, knowledge, and practices in utilizing signature technology to improve your State/agency traffic monitoring program.
Bi-annual NaTMEC conference coordination and support to facilitate agency sharing of advanced travel monitoring techniques.
Agency contributions can be made over 2 fiscal years: 2024 or 2025.
Amount of agency contribution – $30,000
Goal – 11 states participating, $330,000
FHWA Contribution - $500,000
Overall budget – $830,000
SP&R 100% Match Waiver – granted on April 19, 2022
Length of performance period – 5 years
Any public agencies that own and operate existing inductive loop-based traffic monitoring sites or wish to install them, can participate.