Welcome to the NJ Transportation Research Ideas Portal

The New Jersey Department of Transportation's (NJDOT) Bureau of Research staff works directly with university and other research professionals to find solutions to improve the safety, mobility and accessibility of New Jersey’s residents, workers, visitors and businesses. Our goal is to enhance the quality and cost effectiveness of the policies, practices, standards and specifications that are used in planning, building and maintaining New Jersey's transportation infrastructure.

NJDOT’s Bureau of Research is interested in soliciting ideas from NJDOT’s research customers and other transportation stakeholders for the NJDOT Research Program.   We are interested in your research ideas – particularly, ideas that can turn problems into solutions that can be implemented.  We use this website to gather and share ideas as a first step in the development of fundable research proposals. 

Register to Participate. Registered participants can log in to submit a new idea, comment on submitted ideas, or vote on the ideas to show your support.  You may submit ideas at any time. Click on the “Submit New Idea” button on the top right-hand corner.

Deadline for Next Research Round.  The deadline date for submission of new research ideas to inform the next round of research RFPs is December 31, 2019. Research ideas will be prioritized by the Research Oversight Committee after this date, and high priority research needs will be posted as proposals.  RFPs will be posted on our research RFP web site: https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/research/requestsforproposal.shtm

Who Can Submit a Research Idea?  NJDOT’s research customers and other interested transportation practitioners (e.g., MPOs, county and local governments, and other transportation subject matter experts from trade, universities and NGOs) can submit a research idea.  We are particularly interested in research ideas focused on addressing critical existing and emerging transportation needs in New Jersey.

Who Are NJDOT’s Research Customers?  Subject matter experts from NJDOT, NJ TRANSIT, and the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission are most often our research customers. Research ideas typically must have a "champion" among our research customers. Ideally, a "champion" is an individual holding a responsible position within a division, bureau, section or unit who is prepared to sponsor or advance a research idea from its inception to study completion. 

How Do Ideas Inform Research Needs Statement Development?  Ideas are not research needs statements or proposals. Submission of a research idea does not preclude individuals or groups from Institutes of Higher Learning or other eligible research organizations from subsequently bidding on a Request for Proposal prepared and issued by the Bureau of Research. 

How Do I Submit an Idea?  Only registered participants may submit an idea.  Click on the “Submit New Idea” button on the top right-hand corner.

What Happened to My Idea? Ideas submitted in 2017 and 2018 have been archived.  Several of these ideas have contributed to the development of RFPs, or are in the pipeline for the issuance of an RFP, or have been distributed to the appropriate research customer (i.e., agency, division, or unit) for consideration through other means. Other ideas may not have found their champion, or were not prioritized for funding.  Previously submitted ideas can be posted again.  We continue to encourage submission of new ideas.

Questions about How to Register?  Please email our site administrator: ideas@njdottechtransfer.net

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For more information about NJDOT Bureau of Research, visit our website: https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/research/

Questions about this NJ Transportation Research Ideas website?   Email us: Bureau.Research@dot.nj.gov or call us: (609) 963-2224. 

(@leighann)

Planning & Environment

Measuring the Benefits of Green Streets in New Jersey

Green streets use green infrastructure practices within the public right-of-way to manage stormwater while preserving the primary function of a street as a conduit for vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders. In a densely populated state like New Jersey, the management of stormwater runoff is an important consideration for developed areas as impervious surfaces like roofs, roads and parking lots prevent... more »

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9 votes
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Policy and Organization

Four Gets You More

Four Gets You More.

 

This is a smarter and more effective and efficient way for employees and employers to Work Smarter. This will allow employees and employers to establish four-day work weeks and thus allows for flexibility and customizing and balancing our work weeks along with our lifestyles.

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4 votes
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(@gary.vetro)

Planning & Environment

Temperature Regulating Coating

There has been recent discussion of using light colors for surface courses in order to mitigate heat islands by reflecting away light instead of absorbing it. However, I have been hearing many people counter with the problem, in northern latitudes, of lighter pavement icing faster in winter because the darker pavements ability to absorb light allows it to remain warmer than the air in temperatures close to freezing.... more »

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3 votes
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(@gary.vetro)

Planning & Environment

Virtual Reality State Highway System (VRSHS)

There are many different companies that use various types of road mapping hardware/software for their respective purposes. This technology could be utilized for multiple purposes that would benefit both the DOT and the public. All of these purposes would be achieved by the creation of a Virtual Reality State Highway System (VRSHS). I propose that the NJDOT contract with one of these companies to utilize their technology,... more »

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2 votes
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Design and Construction

Innovative Folder Plate Truss Sign /Catenary Structure Concept

Current industry standard for design and fabrication of small format trusses (less than 8 feet across any flat dimension) typically consists of individual members which are separately cut and then welded or bolted into a truss structure. This type of structure, while popular in the industry for use as sign support structures, tolling gantries, and rail signal / catenary support structures, is also costly to produce and... more »

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2 votes
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Traffic & Safety

Heads-up prior to on-ramps

Did you ever drive onto an on-ramp and go around the bend only to see that the highway is actually a linear parking lot? Didn't you wish that you had a heads-up with that information so you could have not taken the ramp and maybe had a meal or made a pit stop while planning an alternate route (or time) for the trip? DOT can place a traffic camera showing live traffic on the highway (attach it to the bridge) and... more »

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2 votes
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(@gary.vetro)

Operations & Preservation

Satellite-Based Bridge Inspection

Dr. Pietro Milillo (currently working with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory) is working on a method of performing bridge inspections using, "computer modeling and high-resolution satellite images to detect subtle shifts in a bridge's structure that could indicate that it's starting to fail." (as stated by Jaclyn Jeffrey-Wilensky in her article at https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/tragic-bridge-collapse-spurs-creation-new-space-based-inspection-method-ncna1028281... more »

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2 votes
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(@gary.vetro)

Planning & Environment

Permanent Dredging System

When considering how many dredging contracts we have just to maintain a navigable channel that will naturally, continually attract sediment, you cannot help but realize how much is unnecessarily spent. Each contract has ancillary costs, such as mobilization and field office set up, and of course the allowable profit and overhead. This is all extra money on top of the cost of keeping the waterway clear. In effort to... more »

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2 votes
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Traffic & Safety

Glowing Pavement Marking

Existing pavement markings are made of latex and glass beads, and they wear off quickly. When the road is wet or dark, pavement marking is hard to see. Low visibility is one of the reason more accidents happen on wet road or after dark. Pavement marking, when made of more durable material and inlay into the pavement, can last longer. Pavement marking, when combined with Fluorescent, Optic tube, UV LED, reflectors,... more »

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1 vote
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(@gary.vetro)

Design and Construction

Mass Producible Custom Aggregate

With both the health of the roadways and the need for recycling constantly in our minds, I think that both can be helped by designing a mass producible custom aggregate for use in asphalt and concrete, that can be made with recycled materials. We could design a shape that would aid in the transfer of stress within the material while minimizing the movement of the aggregate after curing of that material. This would... more »

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1 vote
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(@agrawal)

Design and Construction

Smart Unmanned Surface Vehicles (drone boats) for scour management of Bridges in New Jersey

Hydraulic failure of bridges because of scour has been considered to be the leading cause of failure of bridges all across the country. Although NJDOT has been managing scour through inspections and countermeasures, accurate assessment of bridge foundation for scour and scour countermeasures is still a major challenge. Recent advances in autonomous robotic technology can be utilized to develop a smart and innovative... more »

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1 vote
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Design and Construction

Innovative Standardized Connection Details for Highway Signs and Signal Support Structures

In service fatigue fracture of highway signs and signal support structures due to wind induced oscillations is the primary concern for cost-effective life cycle performance of these structures. Recognizing the impact of potential life and property damage from structural failures and economic burden of inspecting, maintaining and replacing the sheer volume of these structures in the inventory, the American Association... more »

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1 vote
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Design and Construction

Innovative Cost-Effective Standard Decks for Movable Bridges

Of the 50 states New Jersey ranks third for the number of movable bridges. With an average age of approximately 40 years, more than 50 percent of these bridges are structurally deficient, mainly due to their bridge decks. Many of these bridges, whether state or locally owned, are subjected to significant average daily truck traffic (ADTT). Because of their condition and their location on significant commercial routes... more »

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1 vote
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