New Videos and Webinars Feature State Innovations March 9, 2023 - To help Midwestern state departments of transportation (DOTs) understand how and where to share their research results for maximum effect, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) launched Project 20-44(28), which identified several high-impact research projects and innovative strategies to disseminate the research and findings.
Maintenance Sessions and Papers from the 2023 TRB Meeting February 28, 2023 - No Boundaries has published a listing of technical sessions and papers related to maintenance for the 2023 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. The compendium includes each poster and lectern session’s title, authors, identification number, and a link to find the work on TRB’s Online Program portal. Note: TRB requires a login to access full papers. If you are having trouble accessing the papers, check with your DOT or other transportation library.
Missouri Identifies Tools and Methods to Monitor Active Landslides February 21, 2023 - Though moving slowly, an active landslide near Branson, Missouri presents an ongoing maintenance challenge to the four-lane highway nearby. To assess the land’s movement and predict future road maintenance needs, […]
Arizona Evaluates Pavement Surface Treatments February 14, 2023 - When it comes to preserving and extending the life of asphalt pavements, maintenance managers have a variety of surface treatment options to choose from. But as each treatment comes with different benefits and costs, choosing the most cost-effective option can be challenging.
Illinois Explores Feasibility of Self-Healing Materials for Pavement Repair February 8, 2023 - Asphalt roads are at risk of cracking and suffering other premature distresses because binders can become less effective with age. Concrete roads are also subject to cracks from shrinkage, fatigue and other issues. As rejuvenators can help to restore the original properties of both types of pavements, the Illinois Department of Transportation initiated a research project to investigate whether capsules containing rejuvenating chemicals can be added to the pavement mixtures during construction, creating a self-healing process as the pavements crack and the capsules’ contents are released over time from within. The study also examined the possible benefits of embedding specific bacteria in concrete to promote mineral growth.
Webinar to Highlight Benefits of Safety Management Systems for Maintenance Worker Safety February 2, 2023 - Highway maintenance and field work requires a high level of management to ensure worker safety. Many state departments of transportation (DOTs) use an in-house-developed or vendor-provided safety management system to track and report incident data and identify effective mitigation strategies. To help DOTs across the country understand the various systems and tools in use, the National Highway Cooperative Research Program (NCHRP) published Synthesis 591: Use of Safety Management Systems in Managing Highway Maintenance Worker Safety.
New Mexico Identifies Drought-Resistant Roadside Vegetation January 25, 2023 - Healthy vegetation along highway roadsides is critical for stabilizing soil after construction and minimizing dust and erosion. New Mexico’s increasingly dry climate and elevated temperatures has made finding and maintaining suitable plants a challenge. To expand its list of viable options, the New Mexico Department of Transportation initiated a four-year research study to identify drought-resistant plants with deep root systems that establish quickly. The findings and recommended growing strategies can help transportation agencies with similar climates restore problem areas and enhance their revegetation efforts.
FHWA Recognizes Innovations from No Boundaries Members January 20, 2023 - The January/February 2023 issue of Innovator, the bimonthly newsletter of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), highlights the efforts of a number of No Boundaries member states. Colorado DOT is featured for its commitment to restoring access and reconnection between communities in the Denver area as part of its Central 70 Project – the site of a No Boundaries technical visit in 2021. After more than 300 meetings with stakeholders and members of the public, the agency removed physical barriers and added sidewalks, lighting and other amenities to improve safety and mobility.
National Webinar to Discuss Smart Work Zone Technologies January 11, 2023 - Work zone safety for highway maintenance crews and road users alike is a top concern across the United States. To help states identify and implement technologies that improve safety, the National Highway Cooperative Research Program (NCHRP) recently released Synthesis 587: Use of Smart Work Zone Technologies for Improving Work Zone Safety. The publication documents and reviews the challenges and practices state DOTs have found for putting a variety of smart work zone technologies to use. To discuss the publication’s findings, as well as promising new technologies still on the horizon, NCHRP will host a webinar on February 7 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern.
FHWA Evaluates Strategies for Enhancing Road Sign Visibility January 4, 2023 - The current revision to the 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) offers a number of treatment options designed to make traffic signs eye-catching. However, the influence of these strategies on driver behavior required more study. To learn the effectiveness of MUTCD-provided strategies like adding flashing beacons, colored flags and reflective strips, the FHWA partnered with three state DOTs to conduct field tests and observe drivers’ reactions. The results can help states identify effective treatments for a variety of sign types and locations.