Capital Improvement & Infrastructure

Portable Laser Ablation Sampling Device

During my time in Materials inspection and testing with NJDOT, one thing hampered our ability to ensure the adherence to material specifications. That was the ability to track the samples obtained and definitively connect them to what went into structures and roadways. The most accurate way was to cut samples from what was delivered to the site. However, this caused a number of issues between the Resident Engineer and... more »

Idea Submitted by Gary Vetro

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

The quality of the materials going into roads and bridges is the chief indicator of the lifespan and overall strength of what was built. Current sampling methods can cause contractors to purchase extra materials, which increases costs. Any onsite sampling can cause a delay in construction. Being able to adequately test materials without creating these issues is a benefit to all involved.

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Mobility and Operations

Unprecedented Computer Involvement trending idea

In today's world, where computers have an unprecedented involvement in our society's evolution, we should prepare to use that to its fullest extent possible without delegating matters to a private company who may or may not be in business when a problem arises. Computers are no longer just tools to evaluate data. They now create algorithms in math and science that out perform any created by humans, but are completely... more »

Idea Submitted by Gary Vetro

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

When not only are the traffic and pedestrian volumes exceeding our capacities, but the tools needed to break new ground in mitigation are also outpacing our ability to understand and utilize, it is imperative that a successful government embrace and utilize these new technologies in a way that does not have to rely on private industry in an emerging and volatile market.

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Planning & Environment

Reverse transportation planning model by applying machine learning technic

Transportation models are used for predicting future traffic, especially in urban areas. Their traffic forecasts are applied to plan new infrastructures such as highways, bridges, new transit lines, and/or enhancing current public transportation modes. They use the specific areas' socio-economic data together with sample travel survey data to build a transportation model. The initially developed model usually is calibrated... more »

Idea Submitted by Hojatollah Behrooz

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Surveying and collecting socio-economic data is time-consuming and costly for transportation planning. Combining available real-time traffic data such as navigation data with historical socio-economic data to predict future community status would be a huge saving on data collection and prediction cost and time. This implemented model can help the NJDOT, and local transportation planners swiftly track their changes to better plan the transportation infrastructures.

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Planning & Environment

Test Sites to Determine BMP of Unmaintained Sites along Roadways

The state of New Jersey has a complex and interwoven roadway network that creates many areas needing maintenance. Although large swathes of areas are regularly maintained, often times there are small parcels or areas that are often forgotten or neglected for long periods. These areas wedged between ramps, under bridges, behind fences, or on a slope become breeding grounds for invasive plant species where the plant growth... more »

Idea Submitted by Jonathan Lahoda

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Idea Champion - Who at NJDOT, NJ Transit or NJ Motor Vehicle? (if known) Nori Shepperd

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

At the DOT, now more than ever, there is a growing demand on our maintenance crew, the need to be more cost effective in our designs, as well as provide solutions for green infrastructure. Creating cost effective, environmentally sustainable practices that can be replicated throughout the state will allow maintenance resources to be allocated to more urgent needs as well as help to create hundreds of nearly self sustainable sites across NJ. The sites will also help to reduce the spread of invasive plants, which will allow for our native planting to thrive on our Capital projects. The low maintenance sites can become a model to be used not only for the DOT but for the county and local municipalities to use along their roads.

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Safety Management

Safety Town

Construct an interactive off road learning facility designed to mimic real road conditions in order to teach young students and first time drivers about pedestrian and bicycle safety, including traffic signals, jughandles, road signs, sidewalks, bike paths, virtual hazards and computerized monitoring of participants.

Idea Submitted by Bill Neary

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Such a regional asset could be used by schools, camps, advocates in order to assist New Jersey in its Towards Vision Zero safety campaign.

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Multimodal

Evaluation of New Jersey Public Use Airports

New Jersey's airport system is one of the most unique and complex in the U.S. The State's diverse airports range in size from small general aviation airports with turf runways to Newark Liberty International Airport, one of the nation's busiest commercial airports. From Newark Liberty International Airport to the state's smallest public use turf strips, New Jersey's airport system must support all aspects of the State's... more »

Idea Submitted by Kimbrali Davis

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Idea Champion - Who at NJDOT, NJ Transit or NJ Motor Vehicle? (if known) Kimbrali Davis

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

New Jersey Congress passed a 2018 Bill - A4377 that requires DOT and OIT to develop materials concerning capabilities of airports in NJ and establishes the "Public Use Airports Task Force". Within this recently approved legislation, section 2 of P.L.2019, c.483, there are 18 objectives to be undertaken. These are the first four identified within the legislation. The Task Force must present report of findings to the Governor and to the Legislature no later than 24 months after organization of task force. This research project would benefit meeting this legislative goal.

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Safety Management

Using computer simulation guiding heavy vehicles for traffic safety on roads

Using geographic information systems, artificial intelligence, and computer-aid-design to infer safety choices for heavy vehicle routing and scheduling methods. We are at the early edge of developing an information system for generating/assigning heavy vehicle trips in terms of time and space.

Heavy-vehicle routing choices could be managed aligned with job site schedule planning. It would thus be able to prevent neighborhoods... more »

Idea Submitted by Jessie Ya-Ting Ho

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Heavy vehicle issue occurrences used to be unpredictable by current rules whilst involving more harm than other vehicles on roads. This research idea provides an practical approach for measuring the uncertainty in a possible way in order to keep traffic safety while developing urban areas. And it also matches the concern of "Preparing Today for a Resilient Tomorrow."

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Planning & Environment

Hydraulic Modeling for Climate Change Resiliency

Pilot study should be undertaken to look at the impacts of climate change on NJDOT's bridge assets in a watershed that includes riverine and tidal influences, and varying topography. The analysis should look at rainfall increases, based on the NJDEP's referenced Cornell model, and give NJDOT insight on the impacts to future flow increases anticipated in the context of studied FEMA streams. The precipitation increases... more »

Idea Submitted by Scott Minnich

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Having pilot models to present to NJDEP, will help guide the discussions on how formulate the NJPACT regulations based on climate data and factors of safety. NJDEP is trying to define the FHA to account for climate change projections. By having the pilot studies available, NJDOT will be able to present a side by side analysis of how the current regulations and the proposed regulations will impact projects. Having pilot projects to present, will allow NJDOT to discuss how linear developments will be impacted by proposed NJPACT regulations.

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Mobility and Operations

SnowCATs - Snow Clearance Assistance Teams

PROBLEM:

Plowing snow from NJDOT roadway travel lanes during storms is the agency's highest priority to maintain mobility and access for emergency services. However, emergency plowing creates snow banks piled into corners of intersections, onto sidewalks and into bus stops and bus priority / shoulder lanes. Without post-snow-event clearance actions, these locations become impassable barriers that increase the risk of... more »

Idea Submitted by Jeffrey Vernick

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Improved safety, operations and access for all modes of transportation after snow events

Potential reduction in motorist and pedestrian lawsuits

Potential cost savings resulting from reduction in roadway pavement damage due to impeded drainage and refreezing.

Potential damage cost and delay reductions due to crash incident factor mitigation.

Creates an organized and systematic post event snow-management process suitable for ongoing applications.

Offers opportunity to better coordinate post-event snow clearance with NJ TRANSIT and county / municipal DPW crews and programs

Encourages use of public transportation removing personal vehicles from roadways assisting roadway plowing and clearance operations.

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Capital Improvement & Infrastructure

Extend Service Life of Concrete Bridge Decks with Internal Curing trending idea

Curing is a critical step in concrete pavement construction. Due to the large surface area to be covered, external curing methods normally do not provide concrete with necessary moisture conditions for long-term hydration. Insufficient curing often causes internal cracks or shrinkage cracks on the surface of the pavement. These early-age cracks not only hurt the strength, but also increase the permeability so that chlorides... more »

Idea Submitted by Zhihui Sun

List your Agency /Division / Bureau, County, City Univ. or Other University of Louisville

Idea Champion - Who at NJDOT, NJ Transit or NJ Motor Vehicle? (if known) Materials

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Internal curing can minimize concrete cracking at very early age. Early age cracking, most are due to shrinkage caused by lacking of curing, will hurt the long-term performance and the durability of concrete. It may cause severe corrosion of rebars, as chlorides and other aggresive ions from deicing chemicals can easily penetrate deep into the concrete layer. Internal curing can also lead to a denser structure of concrete, so that the material is better performed when freeze-thaw cycles happen.

Considering the geographic location of New Jersey and the dense polulation, the pavement maintenance cost is huge each year. Therefore, improve the quality of pavement can not only save efforts and costs of repairing, but also making it a safer place to commute for NJ residents.

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Capital Improvement & Infrastructure

Pulaski Skyway Rocker Bent Rehabilitation

As a part of the ongoing Pulaski Skyway Rehabilitation project, one of the tasks include the rehabilitation of a traditional railroad style truss expansion device similar in function to the more commonly known pin and hanger mechanism, referred to in the original plans as 'Rocker Bents'. However, a key difference being that these members act in compression as opposed to tension. The original detail proved unsustainable,... more »

Idea Submitted by Joseph Strafaci

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

This is a project recently completed and being implemented under a future contract through NJDOT. Further study of this novel approach could help other agencies with similar type projects.

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Capital Improvement & Infrastructure

Corrosion Study

With most of the State's infrastructure in need of maintenance and repair, a main cause particularly on steel structures is corrosion. Corrosion which acts in several different forms results in section loss, which reduces capacity of the affected member. To better service the transportation industry, samples should be taken from bridges near or at the end of its useful service life and compare its as-inspected measurements... more »

Idea Submitted by Joseph Strafaci

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This is a priority as many bridges within the state are near the end of their service life currently. This study if implemented now can gather critical information to better understand effects of corrosion at the end of a bridge's service life, and help develop models which could be used to predict how steel will respond given a certain environment. This information would allow designers to add these considerations into future bridge designs.

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Capital Improvement & Infrastructure

Development of Low-Embodied Carbon Concrete Mixtures for NJDOT

The State of New Jersey has independently joined the Paris Climate Accords and uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Per this agreement, an overall carbon reduction of 14% needs to be achieved within the United States. Concrete is responsible for around 8% of the world's CO2 production, mainly due to the production of portland cement. Therefore, finding methods to reduce the carbon footprint of concrete can... more »

Idea Submitted by Matthew P. Adams

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Meeting carbon reduction targets is a broad goal set by the State of NJ, in which all agencies are expected to participate. This work will support NJDOT in choosing sustainable, lower-embodied carbon concrete solutions that do not sacrifice concrete quality or cost. The benefit of this work will be realized in better concrete durability, lower life-cycle cost, and more sustainable concrete materials that can be used in a wide variety of projects across the state. It is anticipated that the final guidance documents and suggested changes to NJDOT specifications will result in more resilient transportation infrastructure that is being built to maximize performance while minimizing environmental impacts. Implementation of this work will make NJDOT a leader in sustainable concrete construction practices, supporting statewide and regional goals for carbon reduction.

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Capital Improvement & Infrastructure

Multi-Hazard Design of Highway Bridges

Civil infrastructure is vital to economic development and critical to response and recovery after extreme events. However, they are also quite vulnerable to natural and man-made hazards such as flooding, earthquakes, storm surge, fire and terrorist threats; especially highway bridges. Therefore, there is a need to move toward multi-hazard deign of bridges.

Multi-hazard approach to design of structures will require emphasis... more »

Idea Submitted by M. Ala Saadeghvaziri

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

This research and development effort will significantly enhance infrastructure resiliency.

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