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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Policy and Organization

Design-Build for Process Condensation and Savings

It was suggested several years ago, in response to a Commissioner's question, that the only way to eliminate the massive amount of overhead and the massive time and money to be spent on projects is to move the DOT into a design-build company. At the time, it was said that it could not be done without legislation; and legislation would not be coming. Now, however, that legislation is moving forward.

I propose that the... more »

Idea Submitted by Gary Vetro

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

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

In times where lockdowns can dramatically affect the flow of revenue, thereby stalling or eliminating important projects, becoming the most efficient company is of the utmost importance. Doing so will allow DOT to make better use of current staffing levels and bring back some important QC functions that have gone by the wayside due to funding and staffing issues.

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Capital Improvement & Infrastructure

Tack Coat Effectiveness Study.

In the last twenty years, I have personally driven over five hundred thousand miles. In that time I have seen many new pavement projects constructed in many different areas. There is one thing that I have personally witnessed on many occasions when those construction projects fail prematurely. Areas where Tack coat should have been used has failed. Some examples are the following. Within two to three years after construction,... more »

Idea Submitted by Gary Vetro

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

The failure of pavements prior to their design life expectancy is a major cause of the increase in annual budgets. It adds more projects to the list of needed construction, helping to dilute the funds available in each budget cycle. Increasing the life expectancy of our roads will allow for those funds to be directed to many places that are in need, but suffer from lack of funding.

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Safety Management

Bike-Friendly Resurfacing Program

DVRPC analyzes the priority of road segments for bike facilities and the Level of Traffic Stress for bicycles, then conducts feasibility screenings in-house and with PennDOT. DVRPC and county planning staff coordinate extensively with municipal officials to facilitate an official letter of request to PennDOT, who then designs and incorporates the bike facility improvements as part of regularly scheduled resurfacing projects.... more »

Idea Submitted by Dan Hutton

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

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

#1 Cost-savings: You incorporate bike facilities into the pavement (where appropriate) during the scheduled resurfacing and do not have to do it at a later date.

 

#2 Bicycle Safety: NJ is a designated pedestrian/bicycle focus state by FHWA. This designation is given for having the highest fatality rates in the nation. This should be more than enough evidence.

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

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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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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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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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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Safety Management

School Busing Alternative

There must be an alternative to school busing. Investigate options to school busing.

 

https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812476

Idea Submitted by Joseph Powell

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Multimodal

Bureau of Aeronautics 21st Century Airport Directory

The Bureau of Aeronautics with the New Jersey Department of Transportation is currently updating the State Airport System Plan (SASP) which provides an analysis of each public-use airport and an overview of New Jersey's overall air transportation needs for the next 20 years. The Bureau of Aeronautics is required to produce a comprehensive and current directory of airports in New Jersey in print, electronic, and mobile... 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?

There is a recent legislative bill that has been signed into law: Assembly Bill A4377/Senate Bill S2934 that requires DOT and OIT to develop materials concerning capabilities of airports in NJ and establishes "Public Use Airports Task Force". Looking for an interactive educational app for increasing awareness of New Jersey's Aeronautical Community / Aviation System

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Safety Management

Rollers on guide rails

We know how important it is to have a guide rail on turnings. When big trucks or cars lose their control and hit the guide rail its important to have a strong guide rail even on the bridge if the guide rails and not strong enough it may cause a big accident and vehicle can roll over from the road. so instead of focusing on guide rail, I found if we can put rollers on guide rail colors it will divert the impact force into... more »

Idea Submitted by Sushant Darji

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

As a state worker, I know the importance and cost of the guide rail and when we are talking about safety it's very much important to have guide rails on turns and bridges.

So by using this idea (Rollers in the guide rail's columns) we can decrease the number of ACCIDENTS near guide rails. and save drivers' lives and reduce the amount of injury too. Also, this idea will not cost you more in a modification in guide rails. So it's easy to install and very helpful.

I can share the draft design too for this idea.

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Planning & Environment

Using road salt and street sweeping to reduce pollution

It seems that there are considerable air quality problems on our roads. The majority of our PM2.5 on roadways comes from wear on tires, brakes, and clutches, and these contain metals that have the ability to harm our lungs' immune response--particularly worrisome with the COVID-19 pandemic (Selley et al., 2020). Once airborne, these metal particles seem to be made more toxic as they are solubilized by acidic atmospheric... more »

Idea Submitted by William Pennock

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

This is a priority, because areas where there are high concentrations of roads (e.g., cities) tend to have worse air quality. Although combustion emissions are a component of that, wear products from brakes, tires, and clutches are significant pollutants, as well. Using road salting and street sweeping, which are existing operations, there is an opportunity to address a significant component of air pollution due to roadways.

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Safety Management

WORK ZONE SPEED BUMPS

Due to work zone safety being compromised by speeding drivers, I would like to see a temporary Speed Bump that is able to be laid in the roadway to further alert drivers that they are approaching a work zone. It would be ideal to have reflective text to be seen at night and during daytime with hash lines for visibility. A spring loaded flag on either end would be good.

Idea Submitted by Paul Yennior NJDOT C&M TECH 1

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

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

Enhance Work Zone Safety

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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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