Safety Management

Ped Path trending idea Edited

Due to the inadequate alternate Pedestrian Paths placed (if at all) during construction detours there is a need for clearly marked, brightly colored and easily identifiable Ped Paths, 

 To be constructed of a durable material, preferably a recycled rubber from tires, yellow base color, in a Detectable Warning Surface fashion with raised ridges and bumps, sockets (holes) for inserting rods with extendable interlocking... more »

Idea Submitted by Paul Yennior

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Idea Champion - Who at NJDOT, NJ Transit or NJ Motor Vehicle? (if known) Paul Yennior C&M Tech 1

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

Safety of Pedestrian Traffic and Reduced Labor Costs.

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Safety Management

Addressing climate change impacts - Coupling flash flood occurrences to traffic data trending idea

Flash floods warnings have become almost routine to the storm events and is often attributed to climate change. What used to be considered as storms with 10 years recurrence (2-year storms) have probably become two-year storms. The drainage from the roads were not designed for the intense back-to-back storms which have become common. I personally was involved in such a condition where the car I was driving got totaled... more »

Idea Submitted by Biswarup Guha

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

By feeding the flash floods to the traffic information which the GPS receives would allow the driver to get opportunity to reroute and prevent a catastrophe. 

The insurance companies and drivers would save thousands of dollars as cost to repair, car replacement, salvage, insurance payout. This would also save lives, and make New Jersey climate change resilient.

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Mobility and Operations

Innovative Video Analytics & Edge Computing Systems for Traffic Volume and Incidents Detection trending idea

For the past five years, we have been working on video analytics R&D projects sponsored by NJDOT and NSF for traffic incident detection, traffic volume counting, traffic congestion management, and pedestrian detection. 

Since 2021, we have been exploring the possibility of field deployment of our smart traffic video analytics systems for NJDOT, and demonstration projects for pedestrian and vehicle detection, counting,... more »

Idea Submitted by Chengjun (CJ) Liu, Professor of Computer Science

List your Agency /Division / Bureau, County, City Univ. or Other New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ 07102

Idea Champion - Who at NJDOT, NJ Transit or NJ Motor Vehicle? (if known) Wasif Mirza, Amanda Gendek

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

The proposed innovative idea and advanced video analytics/edge computing technologies will revolutionize the current state of practice by applying innovative Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Computer Vision (CV), Pattern Recognition (PR), Edge Computing (EC) to most efficiently analyze the real-time video data provided by the current available infrastructure such as video cameras. Such precious real-time data will be processed and analyzed in real-time and the results will be provided to authorities for real-time decision making in order to prevent crimes or tragedies before they happen. Thus property costs and even human lives may be saved.

Our innovative technologies achieve state-of-the-art performance, and improves upon traditional techniques such as Radar by nearly an order of magnitude improvement for traffic volume counting. Our advanced video analytics technologies, which tackles numerous challenging factors, such as low quality video, low bit rate video, adverse illumination and weather conditions, improve upon other methods by large margins.

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Planning & Environment

Quality vs. Quantity Study

The currently accepted practice is to try and put out as much work as possible for a given amount of available funding.  However, in the last few cycles of projects, the number of needed projects keeps growing.  This leads to an ever increasing need for additional funding.  I think it is time to consider a different, more long term goal oriented policy.

Early in my career, I asked questions and made suggestions related... more »

Idea Submitted by Gary Vetro

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

The cost of maintaining our infrastructure is continuing to increase.  Since the amount of funding is not increasing as fast as the need,  we are at a crossroads.  Our government is being put in the position to decide between the negative impacts of dramatically increasing taxes, and the danger of a continually deteriorating infrastructure.  I think that this study will give our government the tools to increase the quality of our infrastructure while not needing to dramatically increase taxes.  

This is the perfect time to implement such a change.  It is so much easier to reach the public now that we would be able to bring them on board and have this viewed largely in a positive light.

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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

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 In Reserve

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 In Reserve

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 In Reserve

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 In Reserve

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 In Reserve

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 In Reserve

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 trending idea In Reserve

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 In Reserve

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

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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 In Reserve

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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