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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(@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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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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Policy and Organization

Quantifying Title VI and Environmental Justice benefits + burdens in a TIP

Organizations receiving federal funding have been required to evaluate Title VI issues and consider environmental justice impacts for decades but there has yet to be a comprehensive, systematic way to evaluate transportation projects for the disenfranchised populations protected under these mandates.

With mapping, data, and analysis tools being more democratized and readily available, a universal suite of tools should... more »

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(@sodonnell)

Multi-Modal System Components and Users

Equity and Opportunity through Access

Much of New Jersey's existing transit infrastructure is oriented toward working commuters' needs, with peak services providing access to historic employment centers in major cities, especially New York. In an increasingly tight labor market, employers are looking to new sources for employees – and people with disabilities are experiencing historically high rates of employment. However, this "high rate" is still approximately... more »

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Multi-Modal System Components and Users

Minimizing the effects of Access Link passenger stops on uninvolved neighbors

Access Link is a good service provided help the community by picking up and dropping off passengers. Each of these stops take time, especially if a wheel chair is involved. The vans or small busses used have poor fuel efficiency, and they idle during the entire time the passenger is boarding or being dropped off. The air pollution, carbon monoxide, and smell travels over 100 feet during each such stop, inspiring neighbors... more »

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Traffic & Safety

Using humor in roadside Dynamic Message Signs

Recently, towns such as Robbinsville have taken to using humor in dynamic message signs in an effort to warn drivers to slow down, obey traffic laws, drive safely, and otherwise make the road a safer place. Humor might be an effective technique to aid driver memory and reduce crashes and damage to New Jersey roads, as well as increase the effectiveness of passive law enforcement.

(For reference: news article, https://www.nj.com/news/2019/12/only-in-jersey-traffic-safety-served-up-with-a-side-of-attitude-humor.html)... more »

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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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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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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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Operations & Preservation

Quantifying the Effectiveness of Bridge Preservation & Maintenance

Understanding the effectiveness and optimal timing of bridge preservation, maintenance and repair activities are pivotal for bridge asset management. Although extensive resources are dedicated to these activities annually, their impact on the long-term performance of bridges is not well documented and/or understood. One reason for this lack of understanding is the sheer complexity involved. The effectiveness of bridge... more »

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Traffic & Safety

Idea 1, "Project Gain"

In Idea 1 (originally titled "Project Gain"), I propose new concepts for roadway intersections that may provide improved performance over conventional intersections. Specifically, the concept intersections blend together certain key elements from different kinds of existing intersections in order to create alternative options in traffic signal control. With their unique design, operation, and usage, the concept intersections... more »

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Operations & Preservation

Development of a Methodological Approach for Assessing the Performance of New Jersey Jug-Handles

The recent publication of the 6th Edition of the Highway Capacity Manual (2016) introduced a chapter on Ramp Terminals and Alternative Intersections that assesses the performance of Median U-turn, Restricted crossing U-turn and Displaced left-turn intersections. Despite the widespread use of jug-handles in New Jersey and elsewhere, the HCM does not provide a methodology for the performance of jug-handles. The operational... more »

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