Accomplishments

Accomplishments

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2013

THE FOLLOWING NETC-FUNDED TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PROJECTS, VALUED AT $970,160 WERE ACTIVE AT NEW ENGLAND STATE UNIVERSITIES IN 2013:

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth: $438,909

  • Dr. Walaa Mogawer:
    • “NETC Research Challenge – Fix It First: Utilizing the Seismic Property Analyzer and MMLS to Develop Guidelines for the Use of Polymer Modified Thin Lift HMA vs. Surface Treatments”
    • “Preventative Maintenance and Timing of Applications”
    • “Low Temperature and Moisture Susceptibility of RAP Mixtures with Warm Mix Technology”

University of New Hampshire: $266,239

  • Dr. Jo-Sias Daniel:
    • “New England Verification of NCHRP 1-37A Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design”
    • “In-Place Response Mechanisms of Recycled Layers Due to Temperature and Moisture Variations”

University of Rhode Island: $20,012

  • Dr. Sze Yang:
    • “Measurement of Adhesion Properties between Topcoat Paint and Metalized/Galvanized Steel with ‘Surface-Energy’ Measurement Equipment”

University of Connecticut: $80,000

  • Dr. Julia Kuzovkina:
    • “Effective Establishment of Native Grasses on Roadsides”

University of Maine: $165,000

  • Dr. Roberto Lopez-Anido:
    • “Advanced Composite Materials: Prototype Development and Demonstration”

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER:

Requests for Information and Technical Assistance: The NETC Coordinator’s office responded to the following requests:

  • Jeff Finitz of Diversified Technology Consultants: Jeff called the NETC Coordinator looking for some research that may have been done on a new precast concrete beam known as the PCI NEXT D Beam. More specifically, any research that was done on the longitudinal closure pour that is required with this beam section. The research would have been done between 2009 and current.  He was provided with the final report for NETC 99-1.
  • Chuck A. Plaxico at RoadSafe LLC:  RoadSafe LLC in Canton, Maine was working on a project that involved modifications to the NETC 4-Bar steel bridge rail system, which was tested at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) by Kimball and Mayer in 1999 [NTIS No. PB99-137507] [Report No. NETCR14].  RoadSafe requested approval from NETC to obtain copies of the test videos, accelerometer and rate gyro data from SwRI for use in validating a finite element model of the system.  After clarifying with FHWA, the NETC agreed to the request asking only that NETC be given credit where appropriate.
  • Traffic Safety Analyst for the Vermont State Police contacted the NETC Coordinator requesting assistance with reaching out to people who do similar work throughout New England, whether they are with DOT Traffic Sections or the State Police, with respect to conducting statistical analysis of crash data and violation information to facilitate short and long range planning and evaluation of enforcement activities.  The NETC Coordinator was able to provide contacts for all the other NETC member states.
  • Matt Irvine from CCA Civil requested Crash Testing Data on NETC Bridge Rail Systems.  The NETC Coordinator forwarded a link to the final report for NETC 99-1: NCHRP Report 350 Testing and Evaluation of NETC Bridge Rail Transitions; NETCR14: Full-scale Crash Evaluation of the NETC 4-Bar Sidewalk-mounted Steel Bridge Railing; and NETCR10: Crash Testing and Evaluation of the NETC 2-Bar Curb-mounted Bridge Rail
  • Neil Hamilton, Product Development Engineer, at Watson Bowman Acme requested a copy of the original NETC 02-6 “Sealing Small Movement Bridge Expansion Joints” Research Problem Statement.

Conference Attendance and Exhibiting: The NETC Coordinator’s office attended the following conferences and events:

  • Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Meeting: The NETC Coordinator attended a RAC Region 1 Dinner Meeting as well as presentations related to subjects that are currently being researched through the NETC.  (January 2013)
  • Annual New England Materials & Research Engineer’s Meeting. The NETC Coordinator attended this meeting to keep updated on current research in New England.  The NETC also provided sponsorship for the event.  (May 2013)
  • NETC Retreat.  A retreat was organized to discuss issues and process improvements associated with the NETC Policies and Procedures.  (June 2013)
  • 89th Annual Meeting of the North Eastern States Materials Engineers’ Association.  The NETC Coordinator attended this meeting to keep updated on current research in New England.  The NETC also provided sponsorship for the event.  (October 2013)

NETC Research Project Reports, Technical Papers and Presentations:

Research Project Reports: Findings from the following research projects were distributed to: New England’s State Transportation Agencies and State Universities, The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Region 1 Research and Advisory Committee, The National Technical Information Service, and the US Department of Transportation’s National Transportation Library:

  • NETC 06-1: “New England Transportation Consortium Research Study 06-1: New England Verification of NCHRP 1-37A Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide with Level 2 & 3 Inputs”

Technical Papers and Presentations:  There were no technical papers or presentations in 2013.

OTHER:

NETC Retreat:  On June 26- 27, 2013, the Advisory Committee met to discuss issues and process improvements for the NETC.  The following items were discussed, resulting in 26 Action Items that are all either completed or in progress

  • The NETC Goals, Mission, and Vision
  • Conferences and Events that NETC should attend
  • Technical Committee Procedures
  • RFP Solicitations
  • University Representatives
  • Research Problem Statements
  • NETC Process Timeline
  • Verifying Milestones within Research Projects
  • Literature Searches
  • Improving Technical Transfer And Implementation (TT/I) Projects
  • Engaging Policy Committee

Project Under FHWA Agreement:  The FHWA CT-DIV office will continue to assist with the following study officially started by the previous NETC lead state agency (ConnDOT) that is not yet finished but for contractual reasons could not be given a time extension by the state of Connecticut: NETC 05-5. The funding to complete this study is presently reserved in TPF-5(201).

New Committee Members:  The following is a list of people who have taken over for the previous committee member from their institution:

Universities:
Deborah Rosen, Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs and Assessment (URI)

 

2012
THE FOLLOWING NETC-FUNDED TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PROJECTS, VALUED AT $133,939 WERE ACTIVE AT NEW ENGLAND STATE UNIVERSITIES IN 2012:

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH: $45,842

  • Dr. Walaa Mogawer: “NETC Research Challenge – Fix It First: Utilizing the Seismic Property Analyzer and MMLS to Develop Guidelines for the Use of Polymer Modified Thin Lift HMA vs. Surface Treatments”

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: $68,085

  • Dr. Jo-Sias Daniel: “New England Verification of NCHRP 1-37A Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design”

UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND: $20,012

  • Dr. Sze Yang: “Measurement of Adhesion Properties between Topcoat Paint and Metalized/Galvanized Steel with ‘Surface-Energy’ Measurement Equipment”
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER:

REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: The NETC Coordinator’s office responded to the following requests:

  • Rhode Island Department of Transportation, Materials Section: Administrative assistance re: contract language from NETC Cooperative Agreement between VAOT and UVM TRC to be used as a template for a new agreement between RI DOT and a university outside the state system.
  • Rhode Island Transportation Research Center: Requested that the NETC Administrator announce the 25th RI Transportation Forum to the NETC contacts.
  • New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Materials Section: Requested an electronic copy of NETC reports related to Hycrete. The NETC Coordinator sent an electronic copy of NETCR 73 for NETC 03-2, entitled “Field Studies of Concrete Containing Salts of an Alkenyl-Substituted Succinic Acid”

CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE AND EXHIBITING: The NETC Coordinator’s office attended the following conferences and events:

  • Transportation Research Board 92nd Annual Meeting: The NETC Coordinator attended a RAC Region 1 Dinner Meeting as well as a session on Best Practices for Research Programs. (January 2012)
  • National Rural Transportation Peer Learning Conference: The NETC Coordinator attended this conference and exhibited. (April 2012)
  • Annual New England Materials & Research Engineer’s Meeting: The NETC Coordinator attended this meeting to keep updated on current research in New England. (June 2012)
  • AASHTO Research Advisory Committee & Transportation Research Board Representatives Annual Meeting: The NETC Coordinator helped to organize this meeting with RAC Region 1 and exhibited at the event. (July 2012)
  • The 25th RI Transportation Forum: The NETC Coordinator attended this forum at the request of the University of Rhode Island Advisory Committee Member. (October 2012)
  • AASHTO 98th Annual Meeting & Trade Fair: The NETC Coordinator attended this annual meeting and exhibited at the trade fair. (November 2012)
NETC RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS, TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS:

RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS: Findings from the following research projects were distributed to: New England’s State Transportation Agencies and State Universities, The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Region 1 Research and Advisory Committee, The National Technical Information Service, and the US Department of Transportation’s National Transportation Library:

  • NETC 03-6: “Fix It First: Utilizing the Seismic Property Analyzer and MMLS to Develop Guidelines for the Use of Polymer Modified Thin Lift HMA vs. Surface Treatments”

TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS: None

OTHER:

NEW LEAD AGENCY:Proposals for providing coordination services for the Consortium were accepted and evaluated. The Transportation Research Center at the University of Vermont was selected to provide the coordination services.

 

PROJECTS UNDER FHWA AGREEMENTS: The FHWA CT-DIV office will continue to assist with the following studies officially started by the previous NETC lead state agency (CT DOT) that are not yet finished but for contractual reasons could not be given time extensions by the state of Connecticut: NETC 03-6, NETC 05-5, NETC 06-1. The funding to complete these 3 studies is presently reserved in SPR-3 (089).

 

NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS:The following is a list of people who have taken over for the previous committee member from their institution:

 

  • Policy CommitteeChristopher D. Clement, Sr., Commissioner (NH DOT)Richard A. Davey, Secretary of Transportation & CEO (MA DOT)
  • Advisory Committee Transportation AgenciesJames Fallon, Manager of Design Services (ConnDOT)
  • Advisory Committee UniversitiesBrian H. Y. Lee, Assistant Professor (UVM)Bill Davids, John C. Bridge Professor and Department Chair (UME)Eric Jackson, Assistant Research Professor (UConn)
  • CoordinatorAmanda Hanaway-Corrente, Transportation Research Center (UVM)


2011

THE FOLLOWING NETC-FUNDED TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PROJECTS, VALUED AT $567,678 WERE ACTIVE AT NEW ENGLAND STATE UNIVERSITIES IN 2011:

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT: $267,75

  • Dr. Ramesh Malla: “Sealing of Small Movement Bridge Expansion Joints – Phase II Field Installation and Monitoring” – $75,000
  • Dr. James Mahone:”Recycling Asphalt Pavements Containing Modified Binders” – $82,751″Establish Default Dynamic Modulus Values for New England” – $110,000

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE: $100,000

  • Dr. Thomas Sanford: “Develop Base Resistance Load Displacement Curves for the Design of Drilled Shaft Rock Sockets”

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST: $100,000

  • Dr. John Collura: “Evaluation and Implementation of Traffic Simulation Models for Work Zones”

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH: $99,927

  • Dr. Walaa Mogawer: “NETC Research Challenge – Fix It First: Utilizing the Seismic Property Analyzer and MMLS to Develop Guidelines for the Use of Polymer Modified Thin Lift HMA vs. Surface Treatments”

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: $150,295

  • Dr. Jo-Sias Daniel: “New England Verification of NCHRP 1-37A Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design”

UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND: $125,000

  • Dr. Sze Yang: “Measurement of Adhesion Properties between Topcoat Paint and Metalized/Galvanized Steel with ‘Surface-Energy’ Measurement Equipment”
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER:

REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: The NETC Coordinator’s office responded to the following requests:

  • Vermont Agency of Transportation, Structures Section: Technical assistance re: selection of bolts to be used with the NETC Bridge Rail
  • Federal Highway Administration, Structures PDP: Copy of final report for NETC 05-1: “Develop Base resistance Load Displacement Curves for the Design of Drilled Shaft Rock Sockets”
  • Victaulic Corporation: State DOT contacts interested in the use of non-metallic material for bridge construction
  • George Roberts Co.: How to obtain multiple state over-limit truck permits
NETC RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS, TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS:

RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS: Findings from the following research projects were distributed to: New England’s State Transportation Agencies and State Universities, The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Region 1 Research and Advisory Committee, The National Technical Information Service, and the US Department of Transportation’s National Transportation Library:

  • NETC 02-6: “Sealing of Small Movement Bridge Expansion Joints – Phase 2: Field Demonstration and Monitoring”
  • NETC 04-1: “Recycling Asphalt Pavements Containing Modified Binders”
  • NETC 05-1: “Development of Supplemental Resistance Method for the Design of Drilled Shaft Rocket Sockets”
  • NETC 06-3: “Establishing Default Dynamic Modulus Values for New England”

TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS:

  • “Laboratory Evaluation, Field Application, and Monitoring of a Silicone Foam Sealant Bonded to Various Bridge Expansion Joint Headers”, Swanson, B.J., (2011), M.S. Thesis, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
  • “Laboratory Evaluation of a Silicone Foam Sealant Bonded to Various Header Materials Used in Bridge Expansion Joints”, Malla, R.B., Swanson, B.J., and Shaw, M.T., Construction and Building Materials – An International Journal, (published on-line http:dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2011.04.050; May 26, 2011).
  • “Laboratory Testing, Field Installation, and Monitoring of a Silicone Foam Sealant for Bridge Expansion Joints”, Swanson, B.J., Malla, R.B., and Shaw, M.T., Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Reston Va. (In review).
OTHER:

NEW LEAD AGENCY:Proposals for providing coordination services for the Consortium were accepted and evaluated. The Transportation Research Center at the University of Vermont was selected to provide the coordination services.

 

PROJECTS UNDER FHWA AGREEMENTS: The FHWA CT-DIV office will continue to assist with the following studies officially started by the previous NETC lead state agency (CT DOT) that are not yet finished but for contractual reasons could not be given time extensions by the state of Connecticut: NETC 03-6, NETC 05-5, NETC 06-1. The funding to complete these 3 studies is presently reserved in SPR-3 (089).

 

The FHWA CT-DIV office will continue to assist with the following studies officially started by the previous NETC lead state agency (CT DOT) that are not yet finished but for contractual reasons could not be given time extensions by the state of Connecticut: NETC 03-6, NETC 05-5, NETC 06-1. The funding to complete these 3 studies is presently reserved in SPR-3 (089).

 


2010

THE FOLLOWING NETC-FUNDED TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PROJECTS, VALUED AT $1,257,373, WERE ACTIVE AT NEW ENGLAND STATE UNIVERSITIES IN 2010:

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT: $267,751

  • Dr. Ramesh Malla: “Sealing of Small Movement Bridge Expansion Joints – Phase II Field Installation and Monitoring” – $75,000
  • Dr. James Mahone:”Recycling Asphalt Pavements Containing Modified Binders” – $82,751″Establish Default Dynamic Modulus Values for New England” – $110,000

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE: $100,000

      • Dr. Thomas Sanford: “Develop Base Resistance Load Displacement Curves for the Design of Drilled Shaft Rock Sockets”

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST: $100,000

      • Dr. John Collura: “Evaluation and Implementation of Traffic Simulation Models for Work Zones”

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH: $203,451

      • Dr. Walaa Mogawer:”Relating Hot Mix Asphalt Pavement Density to Performance” – $103,524″Fix It First: Utilizing the Seismic Property Analyzer and MMLS to Develop Guidelines for the Use of Polymer Modified Thin Lift HMA vs. Surface Treatments” – $99,927

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: $$401,171

        • Dr. Jennifer Jacobs: “Estimating the Magnitude of Peak Flows for Steep Gradient Streams in New England” – $120,000
        • Dr. Jo-Sias Daniel:”Determining the Effective PG Grade of Binder in Recycled Asphalt Pavement Mixes” – $130,876″New England Verification of NCHRP 1-37A Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide with Level 2 & 3 Inputs” – $150,295

UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND: $185,000

          • Dr. Jyh-Hone Wang: “Employing Graphic-Aided Dynamic Message Signs to Assist Elder Drivers’ Message Comprehension” – $60,000
          • Dr. Sze Yang: “Measurement of Adhesion Properties between Topcoat Paint and Metalized/Galvanized Steel with ‘Surface-Energy’ Measurement Equipment”-125,000
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER:

REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: The NETC Coordinator’s office responded to the following requests:

          • Vermont Agency of Transportation:Findings from NETC research projects on: ‘Bridges, Signs & Guardrails'; ‘Road Construction & Maintenance'; and ‘Materials’.
          • Nason Jacobson Associates, Chester, CT: CConstruction drawing of the NETC 4-Bar Bridge Rail.
          • Victaulic Corporation: Contacts at the New England state Departments of Transportation regarding storm water drainage piping systems.
NETC RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS, TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS:

RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS: Findings from the following research projects were distributed to: New England’s State Transportation Agencies and State Universities, The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Region 1 Research and Advisory Committee, The National Technical Information Service, and the US Department of Transportation’s National Transportation Library:

          • NETC 02-1: “Relating Hot Mix Asphalt Pavement Density to Performance”
          • NETC 04-3: “Estimating the Magnitude of Peak Flows for Steep Gradient Streams in New England”
          • NETC 04-4: “Determining the Effective PG Grade of Binder in RAP Mixes”
          • NETC 05-6: “Employing Graphic-Aided Dynamic Message Signs to Assist Elder Drivers’ Message Comprehension”
          • NETC 05-8: “Evaluation of Alternative Traffic Simulation Models, Including CA4PRS for Analysis of Traffic Impacts of Highway Construction, Reconstruction, and Rehabilitation”

TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS:

        • “Evaluation of the Effects of Hot Mix Asphalt Density on Mixture Fatigue Performance, Rutting Performance and MEPDG Distress Predictions,” Mogawer, W.S., Austerman, A.J., Daniel, J.S., Fujie, Z., and Bennert, T., International Journal of Pavement Engineering, 2011.
        • “Laboratory Evaluation of a Silicone Foam Sealant for Field Application of Bridge Expansion Joints,” Malla, R.B., Swanson, B., and Shaw M.T., Proceedings of the 2010 SEM Annual Conference & Exposition, SEM, Bethel, CT, 12 pages, June 2010.
        • “Development and Installation of Foam Sealant for Small Movement Bridge Expansion Joints,” Malla, R.B., Swanson, B., and Shaw M.T., Poster presentation to the Proceedings, 27th Annual International Bridge Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, June 6-9, 2010.
      • “Laboratory Evaluation of a Silicone Foam Sealant Bonded to Various Expansion Joint Header Materials,” Malla, R.B., Swanson, B., and Shaw M.T. (2010), Construction and Building Materials – An Internet Journal, submitted for publication, September 19, 2010.
    • “Laboratory Evaluation, Field Application, and Monitoring of a Silicone Foam Sealant Bonded to Various Bridge Expansion Joint Headers,” Swanson, Brian, M.S. Thesis, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT., December 29, 2010, 127 Pages.
    • “Laboratory Evaluation of HMA Containing RAP and PMB,” Zofka A., Bernier A., Mahoney J., and Zinke S., presented at NEAUPG Annual Meeting Poster Session, October 6-7, 2010, Saratoga, New York.
    • “Laboratory Evaluation of HMA Containing RAP and PMB,” Zofka A., Bernier A., Mahoney J., and Zinke S., presented at ASCE 1st T&DI Green Streets & Highways Conference Poster Session, November 14-17, 2010, Denver, Colorado.
    • “The Impact of RAP on the Volumetric, Stiffness, Strength and Low Temperature Properties of HMA,” Krishna Swamy, A., Mitchell, L.F., Hall, S.J., and Daniel, J.S., submitted for publication to the Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering.
    • “Using Simulation Models to Assess the Impacts of Highway Work Zone Strategies,” Collura, J., Heaslip, K., Moriarty, K., Wu, F., Khanta, R., and Berthaume, A., Paper presented at the TRB Annual Meeting in January 2010.
    • “Evaluation of dynamic modulus of typical asphalt mixtures in Northeast U.S Region,” Zofka A., Bernier A., Mahoney J., and Zinke S., Paper submitted to the International Journal of Road Materials and Pavement Design.
OTHER:

NEW LEAD AGENCY:

  • Progress continued on the transition of the responsibility for the Consortium’s Lead Agency from ConnDOT to VAOT.

MASSDOT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM:

  • The NETC Coordinator presented an overview of the NETC research program to the Research Symposium held at the MassDOT headquarters in Boston, MA on June 14, 2010. The presentation emphasized how the Consortium is uniquely organized to develop solutions to regional transportation issues through research and to bring those solutions to decision makers in New England’s State Transportation Agencies.


2009

NETC ALLOCATES $500,000 IN ITS FFY2010 RESEARCH PROGRAM FOR RESEARCH IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

ASPHALT PAVEMENTS: $330,000:

  • “A Field Evaluation of SuperPave Hot Mix Asphalt Pavement Containing 30% RAP”: $180,000
  • “Low Temperature and Moisture Susceptibility of RAP Mixtures with Warm Mix Technology”: $150,000

BRIDGE MAINTENANCE: $170,000:

      • “Synthesis of Practice: Electronic Bridge Inspection Document Management Systems”: $70,000
      • “Field Evaluation of Corrosion Protection on Bridges with a Spray Application of Disodium Tetrapropenyl Succinate (DSS)”: $100,000
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER:

REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: The NETC Coordinator’s office responded to the following requests:

        • National Center for Freight & Infrastructure Research & Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison:Copy of the NETC report entitled: “NETC Common Truck Permit Procedures for Non-Divisible Oversize/Overweight Vehicles”
        • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: A request for information on a methodology for determining deicer concentration on road pavements. A copy of the NETC report entitled “A Portable Method to Determine Chloride Concentration on Roadway Pavements” was provided.
        • Victaulic Corporation: Contacts at the New England state Departments of Transportation regarding storm water drainage piping systems.
NETC RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS, TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS:

Research Project Reports: Findings from the following research projects were distributed to: New England’s State Transportation Agencies and State Universities, The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Region 1 Research and Advisory Committee, The National Technical Information Service, and the US Department of Transportation’s National Transportation Library:

      • NETC 01-1: NETC 01-1 (T2 Phase 1)”Advanced Composite Materials in New England’s Transportation Infrastructure – Technology Transfer Phase 1: Selection of Prototype,” Brena, S. F., Civjan, S. A., November 1, 2009, NETCR77.
      • NETC 04-2: “Driver-Eye Movement-Based Investigation for Improving Work-Zone Safety,” Fisher, D. L., Knodler, M., Muttart, J., January 28, 2009, NETCR71.
      • NETC 05-7: “Warrants for Left Turn Lanes at Unsignalized Intersections and Driveways,” Ivan, J. N., Sadek, A. W., Zhou, H., Ranade, S., February 12, 2009, NETCR72.

The following technical papers arising from NETC funded research projects were presented at technical conferences or published in technical journals by NETC researchers:

  • Evaluation of the Effects of HMA Density on Mixture Fatigue and Rutting Performance,” Mogawer, W. S., Northeast Asphalt User/Producer Group (NEAUPG) Annual Meeting, South Portland, Maine, October 8, 2009.
  • “Safety Effects of Exclusive Left Turn Lanes at Unsignalized Intersections and Driveways,” Zhou, H., Ivan, J. and Sadek, A., Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting; Paper No. 09-2000, Washington, DC, Jan. 2009.
    • “Sensitivity of MEPDG Level 2 and 3 Inputs Using Statistical Analysis Techniques for New England States,” Ayyala, D., Chehab, G. R., and Daniel, J. S., accepted for publication in the Transportation Research Record 2010.
    • “Sensitivity of RAP Binder Grade on Performance Predictions in the MEPDG,” Daniel, J. S., Cehab, G. R., and Ayyala, D., Journal of the Association of Asphalt Pavement Technologists, Vol. 78, 2009, pp. 352-376.
    • Sensitivity of RAP Binder Grade on Performance Predictions in the MEPDG,” Presentation by Jo Sias Daniel to the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists Annual Meeting, March 2009.
OTHER:

New York State Department Of Transportation Continues its Collaboration with NETC on Research Funding:

    • NYSDOT will provide $50,000 to the NETC pooled fund for NETC’s FFY 2010 research program

The following paper, presented at the January 2009 Transportation Research Board meeting in Washington, DC was selected for publication in the Transportation Research Record, the Journal of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies:

    • “New England Transportation Consortium: A Model for Management of a Multistate Cooperative Research Program”, Oliveira, D., Sime, J., McCarthy, G., Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2109.

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 95th Annual Meeting:

  • An exhibit highlighting the New England Transportation Consortium and its research projects was presented, by the Coordinator, at the 95th Annual Meeting of AASHTO held at Palm Desert, CA in October 2009.


2008

NETC AWARDS $566,465 FOR RESEARCH TO THE FOLLOWING UNIVERSITIES:

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT: $267,538:

  • Dr. Ramesh Malla: “Sealing of Small Movement Bridge Expansion Joints – Field Demonstration and Monitoring”; $75,000
  • Dr. James Mahone:”Recycling Asphalt Pavements Containing Modified Binders” – $82,751″Establish Default Dynamic Modulus Values for New England” – $109,787

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST: $100,000

  • Dr. Sergio Brena, “Advanced Composite Materials in New England ‘s Transportation Infrastructure: Selection of Prototype”; $25,910
  • Dr. Scott Civjan, “Enhancing the Reflectivity of Concrete Barriers”; $48,090

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH: $203,451

  • Dr. Walaa Mogawer: “Fix It First: Utilizing the Seismic Property Analyzer and MMLS to Develop Guidelines for the Use of Polymer Modified Thin Lift HMA vs. Surface Treatments”-$99,227

UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND: $125,000

      • Dr. Sze Yang: “Measurement of Adhesion Properties between Topcoat Paint and Metalized/Galvanized Steel with ‘Surface-Energy’ Measurement Equipment”-125,000
NETC ALLOCATES $502,847 IN ITS FFY2009 RESEARCH PROGRAM FOR RESEARCH IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

TRAFFIC SAFETY; $120,000

      • “Application of the Federal Highway Safety Manual in New England”

HIGHWAY STRUCTURES; $250,000:

        • “Active Structural Control of Cantilevered Support Structures”

COMPOSITE MATERIALS; $42,847

          • “Advanced Composite Materials: Prototype Development and Demonstration”

ENVIRONMENT $90,000:

            • “Effective Establishment of Native Grasses on Roadsides”
NETC RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS, TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS:

RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS: Findings from the following research projects were distributed to: New England’s State Transportation Agencies and State Universities, The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Region 1 Research and Advisory Committee, The National Technical Information Service, and the US Department of Transportation’s National Transportation Library:

          • NETC 03-1: “Ability of Wood Fiber Materials to Attenuate Heavy Metals Associated with Highway Runoff”, MacKay, A.A., July 16, 2008, NETCR65.
          • NETC 03-2: “Field Studies of Concrete Containing Salts of an Alkenyl-Substituted Succinic Acid,” Civjan, Scott A., and Crellin, Benjamin, June 30, 2008, NETCR73.

TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS:

        • “Assisting Elder Drivers’ Comprehension of Dynamic Message Signs,” Clark, A.T., Wang, J.H., Maier-Speredelozzi, V., Collyer, C.E., Proceedings of the 87th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board, Paper No. 08-2276, p.1-16, CD-ROM, 2008.
          • “Age Effect on Driver Comprehension of Messages Displayed on Dynamic Message Signs”, Wang, J.H., Clark , A. Y., and Maier-Speredelozzi, V.,

        Proceedings of IIE Research Conference

          , Paper No. 307, p.1-6, CD-ROM, 2008.
      • “Using Simulation Models to Assess the Impacts of Highway Work Zone Strategies: Case Studies Along Interstate Highways in Massachusetts and Rhode Island,” Moriarty, K.D., Collura, J., Knodler Jr., M.A., Daiheng, N., and Heaslip, K., Paper presented at the TRB Annual Meeting in January 2008.
OTHER:

NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CONTINUES ITS COLLABORATION WITH NETC ON RESEARCH FUNDING:

      • American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 94th Annual Meeting: An exhibit of the Consortium’s research projects was presented at the 94th Annual Meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials held in Hartford, CT in October 2008
      • NETC Presented as a Model for the Management of a Multistate Cooperative Research Program at the 2009 Transportation Research Board Meeting.

In response to a call, from the Transportation Research Board, for papers in the subject area of “New and Emerging Models for State Transportation Organizations to Improve Organizational and System Performance and Increase Funding”, the following paper was submitted and accepted for presentation at the January 2009 Transportation Research Board Meeting in Washington, DC: “The New England Transportation Consortium (NETC):

    • A Model for the Management of a Multistate Cooperative Research Program”, Paper No. 09-0840, Oliveira, D., Sime, J. and McCarthy, G.


2007

NETC AWARDS $300,000 TO THE UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT FOR TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH:

UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT: $300,000

  • Dr. Adel Sadek’s research on “Determining Optimum Distance for a Lane Drop Downstream from a Signalized Intersection” – $100,000
  • Dr. Richard Watts’ research on “Infrastructure Management Systems Enhancement and Integration to Support True Integrated Decision-Making” – $100,000
  • Dr. Lisa Aultman-Hall’s research on “Reliable Travel Time Estimation to Support Real-Time System Management Information” – $100,000
NETC ALLOCATES FUNDS IN ITS FFY2008 RESEARCH PROGRAM FOR RESEARCH IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
  • “Sustainable Transportation Systems and Advanced Technologies for New England’s Northern Communities”.
  • “Evacuation Modeling to Assist Hazard Management and Response in Urban and Rural Areas of New England”
  • “Best Management Practices for Managing the Invasive Japanese Knotweed along New England’s Transportation Corridors”
  • “Sealing of Small Movement Bridge Expansion Joints”
  • “Interaction Between Salinity, Soil Quality and Amendments in Roadside Plantings”
  • “Strategies for Increasing the Implementation of Findings from NETC Funded Research”
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER:

REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: The NETC Coordinator’s office responded to the following requests:

  • Departmento de Investigacion, Madrid Spain: request for a copy of the NETC report NETCR8 “Tire Chips As Lightweight Backfill for Retaining Walls”, Humphrey, D., University of Maine, 1998.
  • Departmento de Investigacion, Madrid, Spain: request for technical information on the use of tire shreds for embankments for the M111 highway project in Madrid.
  • Ohio Department of Transportation: request for a copy of the NETC report entitled: “Network-Based Highway Crash Prediction Using Geographic Information Systems”, Ivan, J.N., Garder, P.E., NETCR67.
  • New Hampshire Department of Transportation: request for an electronic version of: “NETC Handbook for Use by the Trucking Industry to Utilize the NETC Common Truck Permit Procedures for Certain Non-Divisionable Oversize/Overweight Vehicles Traveling on State Highways”
  • Texas Transportation Institute, The Texas A&M University : request for information on non-proprietary roadside safety hardware currently in use in New England.
NETC RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS, TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS:

RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS: Findings from the following research projects were distributed to: New England’s State Transportation Agencies and State Universities, The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Region 1 Research and Advisory Committee, The National Technical Information Service, and the US Department of Transportation’s National Transportation Library:

  • NETC 03-5: “Evaluation of a Field Permeameter as a Longitudinal Joint Quality Control Indicator, Daniel, J. S., Mallick, R. B., Mogawer, W. S., April 20, 2007, NETCR64.
  • NETC 04-5: “Network-Based Crash Prediction Using Geographic Information Systems”,Ivan, J. N., Garder, P. E., Bindra, S., Jonsson, B. T., Shin, H-S, Deng, Z., June 6, 2007, NETCR67.
  • NETC 00-8: “Performance and Effectiveness of a Thin Pavement Section Using Geogrids and Drainage Geocomposites in a Cold Region”, Helstrom, C. L., Humphrey, D. N., Labbe, J. M., August 2007, NETCR60

TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS:

  • “Assisting Elder Drivers’ Comprehension of Dynamic Message Signs,” Clark, A.T., Wang, J.H., Maier-Speredelozzi, V., Collyer, C.E., Proceedings of the 87th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board , Paper No. 08-2276, p.1-16, CD-ROM, 2008.
  • “A Decision Support System for Predicting the likely Benefits of Left-turn Lane Installation,” Ranade, S., Sadek, A.W. and Ivan, J., 2007, Accepted for presentation at the TRB Annual meeting, January 2007, Accepted for publication in Transportation Research Record .
  • “Driving Simulator Evaluation of Driver Performance during Hands-Free Cell Phone Operation in a Work Zone: Driving without a Clue”, Transportation Research Record, TRR 07-2873, Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC.
OTHER:

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 93rd Annual Meeting:

  • The NETC Coordinator presented an exhibit of the Consortium’s research at the 93 RD Annual Meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials held at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in September 2007.

Newsletter:

  • The Fall 2007 edition of ‘Research News’, the NETC newsletter, was published by the NETC Coordinator’s office.

Rhode Island Transportation Forum:

  • The NETC Coordinator gave an illustrated presentation entitled: “Transportation Research Opportunities through the New England Transportation Program” at the ‘20 TH Rhode Island Transportation Forum’ held at the University of Rhode Island on November 2, 2007.

National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board:

  • The NETC Coordinator gave a briefing on the Consortium’s activities for the annual visit to Connecticut of the National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board representative, held at the University of Connecticut, in May 2007.

NETC to collaborate with the University of Vermont’s National University Transportation Center in the funding of research at New England’s state universities addressing “Sustainable Transportation Systems and Advanced Technologies for New England’s Northern Communities”:

  • The collaboration will provide increased financial resources for research to address the transportation needs of New England’s communities and enhance the capability of the University of Vermont’s National University Transportation Center for carrying out its research mission through the leveraging of funding and access to the administrative resources of NETC.

NETC researchers, Dr. John Ivan of the University of Connecticut and Dr. Adel Sadek and Sarang Ranade of the University of Vermont received the ‘Best 2007 Paper’ award presented by the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board’s committee on ‘Operational Effects of Geometrics’.

  • Their paper entitled: “A Decision Support System for Predicting the Benefits of Left-Turn Installations at Unsignalized Intersections” was a product of their NETC funded research on “Warrants for Exclusive Left Turn Lanes at Unsignalized Intersections and Driveways”.


2006

NETC ALLOCATES $450,000 IN ITS FFY2007 RESEARCH PROGRAM FOR RESEARCH IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
  • Estimating and Predicting Traffic Conditions for Traveler Information and Emergency Response
  • Exploring the Potential for Deployment of Intelligent Intersections in New England
  • Determining the Optimum Distance for a Lane-Drop Downstream from a Signalized Intersection
  • Determine the Variations in Performance-Related Properties of Recycled Pavement Layers That Result from Seasonal Changes in Temperature and Moisture Content In Order to Improve the Performance and Longevity of Recycled Pavements.
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER:

REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: The NETC Coordinator’s office responded to the following requests:

  • Vermont Agency of Transportation: Technical advice on bridge rail post bolt problem
  • Rhode Island Department of Transportation: Copy of NETC Final Report “New England Vehicle Classification and Truck Weight Program, Phase I.”
  • State of Connecticut, State Library : NETC Annual Reports for Calendar Years 2003, 2004.
  • Delaware Department of Transportation: Copy of NETC Final Report “Establish Subgrade Support Values for Typical Soils in New England” Phase I.”
  • Ohio Department of Transportation: Copy of NETC Final Report Effective Visualization Techniques for the Public Presentation of Transportation Projects”
  • Ministry of Transportation, Province of Ontario Canada – Schematic drawings of NETC Bridge Rails.
  • Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst: Copy of NETC Final Report “New England Vehicle Classification and Truck Weight Program, Phase I.”
  • Weyant’s Transport, Inc.: Copy of “NETC Handbook for Use by the Trucking Industry to Utilize the NETC Common Truck Permit Procedures for Certain Non-Divisible Oversize/Overweight Vehicles Traveling On State Highways.”
  • NETC RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS, TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS:

    RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS: Findings from the following research projects were distributed to: New England’s State Transportation Agencies and State Universities, The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Region 1 Research and Advisory Committee, The National Technical Information Service, and the US Department of Transportation’s National Transportation Library:

    • NETC 99-1: “NCHRP Report 350 Testing and Evaluation of NETC Bridge Rail Transitions”
    • NETC 01-1: “Advanced Composite Materials for New England’s Transportation Infrastructure: A Study for Implementation and Synthesis of Technology and Practice”
    • NETC 02-2: “Formulate Approach for 511 Implementation in New England”
    • NETC 02-3: “Establish Subgrade Support Values for Typical Soils in New England”
    • NETC 02-6: “Sealing of Small Movement Bridge Expansion Joints”
    • NETC 03-3: “Design Considerations for a Prototype Erosion Control Testing Plot”

    TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS: The following technical papers arising from NETC funded research projects were presented at technical conferences or published in technical journals by NETC researchers:

    • “ Helstrom, C.L., Humphrey, D.N., and Hayden, S.A., Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Cold Regions Engineering, ASCE, Orono, Maine, 12 pp., 2006
    • “Resilient Modulus of Subgrade Soils A-1-b, A-3, and A-7-6 using LTPP Data: Prediction Models with Experimental Verification,” Joshi, Shraddha, and Malla, Proceedings, ASCE GeoCongress 2006 , (Atlanta, GA, Feb. 26-March 01, 2006), ASCE, Reston, VA; Feb. 2006, 6p (CD ROM).
  • “Laboratory Evaluation of Weathering and Freeze-Thaw Effects on Silicone Foam Bridge Joint Sealant,” Shrestha, M.R., Malla, R.B., Boob, S. and Shaw, M.T., Paper #369, Proceedings, SEM 2006 Annual Conference and Exposition (St. Louis, MO, June 04-07, 2006), SEM, Bethel, CT, June 2006, 8p (CD ROM).
  • “Development and Laboratory Analysis of Silicone Foam Sealant for Bridge Expansion Joints,” Malla, R., Shaw, M., Shrestha, M., and Brijmohan, S., Journal of Bridge Engineering , ASCE, Reston, VA, July 2006.
  • “A New Admixture to Mitigate Corrosion Problems,” Civjan, S.A., and Crellin, B.J., Concrete International , Volume 28, No. 8, Pp. 78-82.
  • “Development and Evaluation of a Field Permeameter as a Longitudinal Joint Quality Indicator,” Mallick, R.B., and Daniel, J.S., International Journal of Pavement Engineering, Vol. 7, No. 1, March 2006. pp. 11-21.
  • “Longitudinal Joint Permeameter: Non-Destructive Test for QC,” Daniel, J.S. , a presentation to PennDOT Bituminous Technician Certification Program, March 14, 2006.
  • “Using Land Use Data to Estimate Exposure for Improving Road Accident Prediction,” Jonsson, T., Ivan, J.N., Zhang, C., presented at 32 nd Annual Traffic Records Forum, Palm Desert CA, Aug. 3, 2006.
OTHER:

The Consortium completed the move of its Coordinator’s Office to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center in Fall River, Massachusetts:

  • Contact information for the office is:New England Transportation ConsortiumC/o Advanced Technology and Manufacturing CenterUniversity of Massachusetts Dartmouth151 Martine StreetFall River, MA 02723

NETC to undertake Technology Transfer/Demonstration Project on the Use Of Advanced Composite Materials For New England’s Highway Infrastructure:

  • The NETC Advisory Committee approved $25,000 in funding for a Technology Transfer/Demonstration project entitled “Advanced Composite Materials in New England’s Transportation Infrastructure: Phase I Implementation Project of NETC 01-1”. The objective of the project is to demonstrate the feasibility and positive impact of using Advanced Composite Materials in a traditional/common element of New England’s transportation infrastructure, leading to their increased use in future projects.
  • A Research Needs Statement entitled “Effects of Pavement Markings on Pavement Performance” was submitted to NCHRP for consideration for funding at the national level.


2005

NETC ALLOCATES $543,250 IN ITS FFY2006 RESEARCH PROGRAM FOR RESEARCH IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
  • Design of drilled shaft rock sockets
  • Safety of reflective median barriers
  • Enhancement of traffic flow simulation software for traffic rotaries
  • Development of a method for determining the alkali content in fly ash to be used in concrete
  • The use of graphic-aided dynamic message signs to assist elder drivers message comprehension
  • Warrants for exclusive left turn lanes at unsignalized intersections
  • Evaluation and implementation of traffic simulation models for work zones
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER:

NETC RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS: Findings from the following research projects were distributed to: New England’s State Transportation Agencies and State Universities, The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Region 1 Research and Advisory Committee, The National Technical Information Service, and the US Department of Transportation’s National Transportation Library:

  • NETC 00-4: “Portable Falling Weight Deflectometer Study”
  • NETC 00-6: “Effective Visualization Techniques for the Public Presentation of Transportation Projects”
  • NETC 00-7: “A Complete Review of Incident Detection Algorithms and TheirDeployment: What Works and What Doesn’t”
  • NETC 03-4: “Measuring Pollutant Removal Efficiencies of Stormwater Treatment Units”

NETC RESEARCH PROJECT TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS: The following technical papers arising from NETC funded research projects were presented at technical conferences or published in technical journals by NETC researchers:

  • “ Portable Falling Weight Deflectometer Study”, D. Humphrey, a Paper and Presentation to the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 2005.
  • “Portable Falling Weight Deflectometer Study”, D. Humphrey, a Presentation to the Northeast Material Engineers Annual Meeting 2005.
  • “Formulate Approach for 511 Implementation in New England”, G. Loane, R. Knapick, a Presentation to the I-95 Corridor Coalition Traveler Information Program Track Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, June 14, 2005.
  • “Resilient Modulus Prediction Models for Some New England Subgrade Soils”, R. Malla, S. Joshi, a Presentation and Paper, Electronic Proceedings, Joint ASCE/ASME/SES Conference on Mechanics and Materials, Baton Rouge, LA, June 2005.
  • “Silicone Foam Sealant for Bridge Expansion Joints”, a Presentation and Paper, McMat 2005 Mechanics and Materials Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, June 2005.
  • “Experimental Evaluation of Mechanical Characteristics of Silicone Foam Sealant for Bridge Expansion Joints”, a Presentation and Paper, Society for Experimental Mechanics 2005 Annual Conference, Portland Oregon, June 2005.
  • “Development and Laboratory Analysis of Silicone Foam Sealant for Bridge Expansion Joints”, R. Malla, M. Shaw, M. Shresta, and S. Boob, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, August 2005.
  • “Hycrete-DSS An Innovative Admixture for Concrete: An Update on NETC 03-2″, a Presentation, 16 th Annual Meeting Northeast Materials and Research Meeting, Concord, NH, June 2005.
  • “Bacterial Monitoring in Stormwater Treatment Units”, M. Lulla, X. Zhang, a Poster Presentation, 8 th Student Research Symposium, University of Massachusetts Lowell, April 2005.
  • “Distribution of Pathogenic Indicator Bacteria in a Structural BMP”, X. Zhang, a Presentation, Water Environment Federation Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., October 2005.
  • “Longitudinal Joint Permeameter: New Non-Destructive Pavement Joint Test”, J. Daniel, a Presentation, North East Asphalt User/Producer Group Meeting, Burlington, VT, October 2005.
  • “Development of a Longitudinal Joint Permeameter as a QC/QA Tool for HMA Pavements”, J. Daniel, a Presentation, Peter Asphalt Research Conference, Cheyenne, WY, June 2005.
  • “Preliminary Investigation of Basalt Fiber Composite Properties for Applications in Transportation”, Q. Liu, M. Shaw, R. Parnas, and A. McDonnell, a Presentation and Paper, Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 2005.
  • “Procedure for Allocating Zone Data to links”, J. Ivan, Poster Session, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., January 2005.
  • “A Procedure for Allocating Zonal Attributes to a Link Network in a GIS Environment”, T. Jonsson, Z. Deng, and J. Ivan, a Paper, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., January 2005.
OTHER:

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth submits successful proposal to house the NETC Coordinator’s Office:

  • In response to an RFP from the consortium, the University of Massachusetts’ submitted the winning proposal for housing the office of the Consortium’s Coordinator. The Coordinator’s office will move from the Connecticut Transportation Institute at the University of Connecticut to the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in January 2006.

NETC Newsletter:

  • Spring, Summer, and Fall editions of the NETC Newsletter were published.

AASHTO Annual Meeting:

  • The NETC Coordinator presented an exhibit of NETC research activities at the AASHTO Annual Meeting held in Nashville, TN, in September 2005.


2004

NETC SELECTS NINE RESEARCH PROJECTS IN ITS FFY2005 FOR RESEARCH IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
  • Development of Base resistant Load-Displacement Curves for the Design of Drilled Shaft Rock Sockets
  • Safety of Reflective Median Barriers
  • Analysis of Roundabout Operational Characteristics Utilizing Microscopic Simulation Modeling
  • Characterization of the Rate Constant of Pozolan Available Alkalis
  • Measurement of Work of Adhesion Between Paint and Metalized/Galvanized Steel
  • Employing Graphic-Aided Dynamic Message Signs to Assist Elder Drivers’ Message Comprehension
  • Warrants for Exclusive Left Turn Lanes at Unsignalized Intersections and Drive Ways
  • Evaluation of Alternate Traffic Simulation Models, Including CA4PRS, for Analysis of Traffic Impacts of Highway Construction, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Projects
  • Financing Intermodal Transportation in New England
OTHER:

Maine Department of Transportation Assumes Directorship of the NETC Policy and Advisory Committees:

      • In accordance with the policies and procedures of the Consortium which provide for the rotation of the Directorships of the Policy and Advisory Committees among the Consortium’s agencies, David Cole, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Transportation was appointed Chairman of the Policy Committee and Dale Peabody, Director of Research for the Maine department of Transportation was appointed Chairman of the Advisory Committee. Their term of office is July 1, 2004 throughJune 30, 2006.


2003

NETC ALLOCATES $589,000 IN ITS FFY2004 RESEARCH PROGRAM FOR RESEARCH IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
      • Recycling Asphalt Pavements Containing Modified Binders
      • Driver-Eye Movement-Based Investigation for Improving Work-Zone Safety
      • Estimating the Magnitude of Peak Flows for Steep Gradient Streams in New England
      • Determining the Effective PG Grade of Binder in RAP Mixes
      • Network-Based Highway Crash Prediction Using Geographic Information Systems
      • Development of Truck Lane Design Software That Uses A Current Model of Truck Performance
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER:

REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: The NETC Coordinator’s office responded to the following requests:

      • 19 Requests for Information and/or NETC Research Project Reports Were Processed: The requests were received from a variety of sources including: the Connecticut, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, and Ohio Departments of Transportation; the Universities of Alabama, Massachusetts Dartmouth, and Rhode Island; the New Jersey Port Authority; Consultants, and Road Builders.
NETC RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS, TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS:

RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS: Findings from the following research projects were distributed to: New England’s State Transportation Agencies and State Universities, The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Region 1 Research and Advisory Committee, The National Technical Information Service, and the US Department of Transportation’s National Transportation Library:

      • NETC 94-2: “Non Destructive Testing of Reinforced Concrete Bridges Using Radar Imaging Techniques”
      • NETC 97-1: “A Portable Method for Determining Chloride Concentration on Roadway Pavements”
      • NETC 97-2: “Performance Evaluation and Economic Analysis of Combinations of Durability Enhancing Admixtures in Structural Concrete for the Northeast U.S.A.”
      • NETC 00-5: “Guardrail Testing – Modified Eccentric Loader Terminal (MELT) at NCHRP 350 TL-2″
      • NETC 01-2: “Development of A Testing Protocol for Quality Control/Quality Assurance of Hot Mix Asphalt”
      • NETC 01-6: “Field Evaluation of a New Compaction Device”
      • NETC 02-5: “Determination of Moisture Content of De-icing Salt at Point of Delivery

NETC RESEARCH PROJECT TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS: The following technical papers arising from NETC funded research projects were presented at technical conferences or published in technical journals by NETC researchers:

      • “Development of Mix Design Criteria for Low Traffic Volume Hot Mix Asphalt Roads”, Yamini V. Nanagiri, Rajib Mallick and Walaa S. Mogawer. Selected for publication in the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Technical Asphalt Association, November 2003.
      • “Inclement Weather and Traffic Flow at Signalized Intersections: A Case Study from Northern New England”, Agbolosu-Amison, S. J., A.W. Sadek, and W. El-Dessouki, 2003. Tentatively accepted for publication in the Journal of the Transportation Research Board.
      • “Impact of Inclement Weather on Traffic Signal Operations in New England”, Agbolosu-Amison, S. J., A.W. Sadek, and W. El-Dessouki, 2003. A presentation made to the Vermont Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, Montpelier, Vermont.
      • “Addressing Ski Resort Transportation Problems with Intelligent Transportation Systems Applications”, Knapick, R.J. and A.W. Sadek, 2003. Abstract submitted to the Institute of Transportation Engineers District One Meeting, Burlington, Vermont.
Other

Research Newsletter Published:

      • Volume 2 of the NETC newsletter, ‘Research News’, was published and distributed.

5 Ready-To-Use Technologies Developed Through NETC Research Submitted to the AASHTO Technology Implementation Group for Consideration for National Promotion for Implementation:

      • Design Recommendations for the Use of Tire Shreds/Soil Mixtures to Limit Frost Heave and Damage of Secondary Paved Roads
      • Performance Specifications for Wood Waste Materials As An Erosion Control Mulch and As A Filter Berm
      • Design Criteria for Using Tire Shreds as Lightweight Backfill for Retaining Walls
      • The New England Transportation Consortium 2-Bar, Curb-Mounted Bridge Rail
      • The New England Transportation Consortium 4-Bar, Sidewalk-Mounted Bridge Rail

Meetings/Conferences:

      • NASTO Annual Meeting: The Chairman of the NETC Advisory Committee and the NETC Coordinator attended the NASTO meeting held in Saratoga, NY in April 2003.
      • AASHTO Region 1 Research Advisory Council Meeting: Members of the NETC Advisory Committee attended the AASHTO Region 1 RAC meeting held in Boston, MA in June 2003.
      • AASHTO Annual Meeting: The NETC Coordinator presented an exhibit of NETC research projects at the AASHTO Annual Meeting held in Minneapolis, MN in September 2003.

Connecticut Transportation Institute Peer Exchange:

    • The NETC Coordinator participated in the peer exchange held for the Connecticut Transportation Institute in July 2003.


2002

NETC ALLOCATES $560,000 IN ITS FFY2003 RESEARCH PROGRAM FOR RESEARCH IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
      • Ability of Wood Fiber Materials to Attenuate Heavy Metals Associated with Highway Runoff
      • Field Studies of Concrete Containing Salts of Alkenyl-Substituted Succinic Acid
      • Feasibility Study of an Erosion Laboratory in New England
      • Measuring Pollutant Removal Efficiencies of Storm Water Treatment Units
      • Evaluation of Field Permeameter As a Longitudinal Quality Control Indicator
      • New England Land Grant University Consortium Transportation Research Challenge
      • Basalt Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER:

REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: The NETC Coordinator’s office responded to the following requests:

 

    • Processed 21 Requests For Information and/or NETC Research Project Reports: Requests for information and/or research project reports were received from a variety of sources including:Ohio DOT, Washington State DOT, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Texas Natural Resources Commission, Yukon Territorial Government (Canada), The Highway Institute (Belgrade, Yugoslavia), and a number of consultants and private citizens.
NETC RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS, TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS:

RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS: Findings from the following research projects were distributed to: New England’s State Transportation Agencies and State Universities, The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Region 1 Research and Advisory Committee, The National Technical Information Service, and the US Department of Transportation’s National Transportation Library:

 

      • NETC 99-6: “Analytical and Experimental Investigation of the Effects of Concrete Removal Operations On Adjacent Concrete That Is To Remain”
      • NETC00-2: “Evaluation of Permeability of Superpave Mixes”
      • NETC00-5: “Guardrail Testing – Modified Eccentric Loader Terminal (MELT) at NCHRP 350 TL-2″

NETC RESEARCH PROJECT TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS: The following technical papers arising from NETC funded research projects were presented at technical conferences or published in technical journals by NETC researchers:

 

      • “An Evaluation of Use of Rapid Triaxial Test in Quality Control of Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA),” Mogawer, W.S., presented at the 82nd Annual TRB Meeting in Washington, DC in January 2003.
OTHER:

Massachusetts Highway Department Assumes Directorship of the NETC Policy and Advisory Committees:

        • In accordance with the policies and procedures of the Consortium which provide for the rotation of the Directorships of the Policy and Advisory Committees among the Consortium’s agencies, John Cogliano, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Highway Department was appointed Chairman of the Policy Committee and Stephen Pepin, Manager of Research, Massachusetts Highway Department was appointed Chairman of the Advisory Committee. Their term of office is July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2004.

NETC begins utilizing video conferencing for Technical Committee meetings:

        • NETC, in cooperation with the FHWA Division Offices in New England, is now encouraging its Project Technical Committees to utilize the FHWA Division Offices’ video conferencing facilities for meetings. After completing several pilot meetings utilizing video conferencing, NETC concluded that the use of this technology not only saved travel time and related expenses, but also resulted in more effective meetings.
PRESENTATIONS AT MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES

American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials Washington Briefing

        • At the invitation of AASHTO, the NETC Coordinator attended the AASHTO Washington Briefing held in February. The briefing provided transportation officials with an opportunity to hear about current transportation issues and discuss them with personnel and staff of transportation-related Senate and Congressional committees.

Connecticut Transportation Research Showcase

        • The NETC Coordinator made a presentation on the Consortium’s mission, organization, project selection procedures and current research projects at the University of Connecticut on March 19.

Association of General Contractors/American Road Transportation Builders Association/American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials TaskForce 13

        • Dean Albertson, Texas Transportation Institute, Principal Investigator for NETC Project 00-5 “Guardrail Testing-Modified Eccentric Loader Terminal (MELT) at NCHRP 350 TL-2″, presented the results of the crash tests conducted on MELT guardrail terminal to the ACC/ARTBA/AASHTO Task Force 13 meeting in Seattle, Washington in April.

Annual Visit by Transportation Research Board Representative

        • On May 21, the NETC Coordinator presented on the Consortium’s mission, organization, project selection procedures and current research projects, at the annual visit of TRB’s representative to the Connecticut Department of Transportation and the Connecticut Transportation Institute at the University of Connecticut.

American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials Annual Meeting

        • The NETC Coordinator presented an exhibit of NETC research projects at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Abchorage, Alaska in October.

Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials Annual Meeting

        • The NETC Coordinator presented an exhibit of NETC research projects at the NASTO Annual Meeting in Newport, Rhode Island in April.

Northeast States Materials Engineers Association

        • The NETC Coordinator presented an exhibit of NETC research projects at the NESMEA Annual Meeting held in Newport, Rhode Island in October.

Groundscapes Erosion Control Conference

        • Dr. Kenneth Demars, University of Connecticut, PI for NETC project 97-3 “Wood Waste Compost as an Erosion Control Mulch and Filter Berm,” made a powerpoint presentation on “Compost Applications for Erosion Control: New and Improved Methods” at the conference “Putting Compost in the Specs: Practical Applications for Erosion Control” held at the Wrentham Development Center, Wrentham, Massachusetts in October.

2002 National Summit to Prevent Drowsy Driving (sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC)

      • A presentation entitled “The Efficacy and Use of Continuous Shoulder Rumble Strips: Engineering a Solution,” was presented by Dr. Per Garder, University of Maine (Orono) at the summit held in Washington, DC in November. Dr. Garder based his presentation, in part, on the results from the research he conducted for NETC project 99-4 “Quantifying Roadside Rest Area Usage.” The summit was covered by CNN Live Today, CNN Live on Location, CBS Early Show, National Public Radio’s Market Place, radio networks ABC, CBS, and the Associated Press. Two related stories by nationally syndicated health columnist Jane Brody were carried by the New York Times.


2001

NETC ALLOCATES $615,000 IN ITS FFY2002 RESEARCH PROGRAM FOR RESEARCH IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
  • Relating Hot Mix Asphalt Pavement Density to Performance
  • Formulate an Approach for 511 Implementation in New England
  • Establish Subgrade Support Values (Mr) for Typical Soils in New England
  • Real-Time Priority Based Statewide Bridge Scour Assessment System
  • Determination of Moisture Content of Deicing Salt at Point of Delivery
  • Sealing of Expansion Joints
  • Calibrating Traffic Simulation Models to Inclement Weather Conditions with Applications to Arterial Coordinated Signal Systems
  • Intelligent Transportation System Applications to Ski Resorts in New England
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER:

REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: The NETC Coordinator’s office responded to the following requests:

  • Processed 34 Requests for Project Reports Requests for research reports were received from a variety of sources, including: the Collation of Northeast Governors; Departments of Transportation in California, New York, Louisiana, New Jersey, Maryland, and Ohio; the U.S. Department Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Ministry of Transport of the Province of Ontario, Canada; the Asphalt Institute; Worcester Polytechnic Institute; University of Mining & Metallurgy of Cracow, Poland; Erosion Control magazine; Ducks Unlimited Canada; and a number of consultants.
NETC RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS, TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS:

RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS: Final reports from the following projects were published and distributed to New England’s state transportation agencies and universities, the Federal Highway Administration, and the AASHTO Region 1 Research Advisory Committee:

  • Implementation and Evaluation of Traffic Marking Recesses for the Application of Thermoplastic Pavement Markings on Modified Open-Graded Hot Mix Asphalt Pavement
  • Guidelines for the Development of Priority Based Statewide Scour Monitoring Systems in New England
  • Properties, Standards and Performance of Wood Waste Compost as an Erosion Control Mulch and as a Filter Berm

NETC RESEARCH PROJECT TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS: The following technical papers arising from NETC funded research projects were presented at technical conferences or published in technical journals by NETC researchers:

  • “Use of Wood Waste Materials for Erosion Control,” K. Demars, R. Long, J.R. Ives, University of Connecticut; NETC Project 97-3. Presented at the International Conference on the Beneficial Use of Recycled Materials in Transportation Applications, Arlington, VA, November 2001.
  • “Adaptive Sensors and Sensor Networks for Structural health Monitoring,” D. Huston, University of Vermont; NETC Project 94-2. Presented at the SPIE Symposium on Complex Adaptive Structures, Hutchinson Island, FL, June 2001.
  • “Inspection of Bridge Columns and Retaining Walls with Electromagnetic Waves,” D. Huston, University of Vermont; NETC Project 94-2. Presented at the SPIE Symposium on Smart Systems for Bridges, Structures and Highways, Newport Beach, CA, March 2001.
  • “Wireless Inspection of Structures Aided by Robots,” D. Huston, University of Vermont; NETC Project 94-2. Presented at the SPIE Symposium on Smart Systems for Bridges, Structures and Highways, Newport Beach, CA, March 2001.
  • “On the Use of Combinations of Durability Enhancing Admixtures (Mineral and Chemical) in Structural Concrete,” S. Civjan, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; NETC Project 97-2. Presented at the American Concrete Institute Fall Convention, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 2001.
  • “Evaluation of Permeability of Superpave Mixes,” W. Mogawer, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth; NETC Project 00-2. Presented at the Northeast Asphalt Users Producer Group Meeting, Albany, NY, October 2001.
  • “Wireless Electromagnetic Interrogation of Structures,” D. Huston, University of Vermont; NETC Project 94-2. Presented in Smart Materials and Structures, April 2001
OTHER:

The New England Transportation Consortium, along with WindSat (a Department of the Navy R&D program), and the Northern Virginia Regional Partnership (an alliance of counties and municipalities formed to foster technological development) was selected by a researcher at the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning and Development, to identify principles for consideration by government managers with responsibility for developing technology-focused partnerships. The study, entitled Interorganizational Dynamics of Technology Partnerships, S. Millick, University of Southern California, School of Policy, Planning and Development, was published as a doctoral dissertation in July 2001.

PRESENTATIONS AT MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES

Annual Visit by Transportation Research Board Representative

      • In June, the NETC Coordinator presented on the Consortium’s mission, organization, project selection procedures and current research projects, at the annual visit of TRB’s representative to the Connecticut Department of Transportation and the Connecticut Transportation Institute at the University of Connecticut.

American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials Annual Meeting

      • The NETC Coordinator presented an exhibit of NETC research projects at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas in December 2001.

Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials Annual Meeting

      • The NETC Coordinator presented an exhibit of NETC research projects at the NASTO Annual Meeting in Portland, Maine in May 2001.

Connecticut Joint Highway Research Advisory Council Meeting

      • The NETC Coordinator presented a report on Consortium activities to the CT Joint Highway Research Advisory Council at its December 2001 meeting.

American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials Region One Research Advisory Committee Meeting

    • The NETC Coordinator gave a power-point presentation entitled “the New England Transportation Consortium” at the AASHTO Region One RAC meeting in Providence, Rhode Island in June 2001. The presentation covered NETC’s mission, funding, organization, management, and project development procedures; as well as highlights of NETC activities for calendar year 2000.


2000

FUNDING APPROVED FOR NEW RESEARCH:
  • Permeability of Superpave mixes
  • Composite reinforced timber guardrail
  • Portable falling weight deflectometer
  • Modified eccentric loading guardrail terminal
  • Vizualization techniques for public presentations of transportation projects
  • Incident detection algorithms
  • Thin pavements using geogrids and drainage composites in a cold region
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER:

REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: The NETC Coordinator’s office responded to the following requests:

  • Processed 15 Requests for Research Reports: Requests for final reports of NETC-funded research projects were received from the Arizona, Maryland and Ohio Departments of Transportation; the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority; the Coalition of New England Governors; the Ministry of Transport, Government of Quebec; the Town of Auburn, MA; consultants in New Jersey, New Hampshire and Massachusetts; magazine publisher in Ohio; a member of private industry in Massachusetts; and FHWA-RI.
NETC RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS, TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS:

RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS: Final reports from the following projects were published and distributed to New England’s state transportation agencies and universities, the Federal Highway Administration, and the AASHTO Region 1 Research Advisory Committee:

  • Use of Wood Waste Materials for Erosion Control
  • Use of Tire Chip/Soil Mixtures to Limit Frost Heave and Pavement Damage of Paved Roads
  • Implementation and Evaluation of Traffic Marking Recesses for Application of Thermoplastic Pavement Markings on Modified Open Graded Friction Course

NETC RESEARCH PROJECT TECHNICAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS: The following technical papers arising from NETC funded research projects were presented at technical conferences or published in technical journals by NETC researchers:

  • “Advanced Composites for the Protection of Transportation Infrastructure” (a report on preliminary findings from NETC Project 96-3), Dr. Perumalsamy Balaguru, Rutgers University. Presented at the New England Materials and Research Engineers 11th Annual Meeting.
OTHER:

Newsletter Publication:

  • Research News, the Consortium’s biannual newsletter, was published for the first time and distributed to 300 transportation professionals and researchers at New England transportation agencies and state universities. NETC won a competitive technology marketing grant from the Federal Highway Administration to develop a web-based electronic version of Research News. The current edition contains information on NETC’s organization, active research and available publications.

Research Positions Funded:

  • Twelve student research positions were funded, seven of which were graduate students and five were undergraduates.
Presentations at Meetings and Conferences:

Annual Visit of Transportation Research Board Representative:

  • The NETC Coordinator presented on the Consortium’s mission, organization, project selection procedures and current research, at the annual visit of TRB’s representative to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. “Marketing the New England Transportation Consortium Research Program,” Gerald M. McCarthy, NETC Coordinator.

American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Annual Meeting, Dec. 2000, Indianapolis, IN:

  • NETC Coordinator presented an exhibit of NETC research projects.

Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials (NASTO) Annual Meeting, April, 2000, Mashentucket, CT:

  • NETC Coordinator presented an exhibit of NETC Research projects.

Connecticut Joint Highway Research Advisory Council Meeting, Dec., 2000:

  • NETC Coordinator presented a report on the activities of the Consortium.


1999

FOUR RESEARCH PROJECTS COMPLETED
OTHER:
  • NETC-funded student research
  • Two bridge rail systems developed for use in New England
  • Research funding approved in eight HIGH PRIORITY areas
  • Video Conferencing
  • Approved publication of research reports in electronic format
  • Funding approved for bi-annual newsletter
  • Technology Transfer (Workshop Seminars, Conferences and Research)

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