Innovator - MDOT Highlights

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Below is a list of MDOT features in FHWA's publication, Innovator, released by the Center for Accelerating Innovation. 

 

2019

Road Weather Management – Weather-Savvy Roads

One agency using weather-responsive management strategies is the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), an early adopter of integrating mobile operations (IMO) technology to collect data using agency fleet vehicles. MDOT’s Weather-Responsive Traveler Information System (Wx-TINFO) brings together environmental and weather-related data from fixed and IMO sources.

The data are used for purposes such as motorist advisories and warnings on roadside dynamic message signs and the Mi Drive traveler information website, which has features such as images from snowplow cameras so travelers can track where they are.

 

Read more in the January/February 2019 issue of the Innovator newsletter:

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/innovator/issue70/issue70.cfm#a2


2018

Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)

In Michigan, the Department of Transportation developed a road diet checklist to help planners analyze a road segment for potential reconfiguration. Michigan has road diets totaling more than 50 miles on 60 State corridors and nearly 90 miles on 94 local corridors.

 

Read more in the May/June 2018 issue of the Innovator newsletter:  

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/innovator/issue66/

 

National Traffic Incident Management Responder Training

After vehicles struck fire trucks responding to crash scenes in Grand Rapids, MI, on three occasions in less than a year, a multi-agency traffic incident management team developed strategies for shielding and clearing crash scenes. They include the Nation’s first crash attenuator truck used by a fire department, expedited dispatch of tow trucks, and high-visibility markings and signs for first responders. This combination of initiatives resulted in a 31 percent decrease in tow truck response time, a 45 percent drop in secondary crashes, and zero vehicles hitting on-scene fire trucks in the past 2 years.

 

Read more in the March/April 2018 issue of the Innovator newsletter: 

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/innovator/issue65/3dIssue/


2017

3D Engineered Models

The transportation community is applying 3D engineered models to better connect the design and construction phases on projects and to positively affect safety, costs, maintenance, and asset management on other project phases. The Michigan Department of Transportation and M-1 Rail used 3D modeling on a Detroit project to lower risk, save time, and reduce user delays. Utilities in a main commercial corridor, some dating from the 1890s, were mapped in a 3D model. Modeling reduced the time it took engineers to give direction or find a new path around a utility from 3 days to under an hour, saving about $310,000 on the project.

 

Read more in the November/December 2017 issue of the Innovator newsletter:

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/innovator/issue63/issue63.cfm#a5

 

High Friction Surface Treatments

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) installed high-friction surface treatments (HFST) on mainline interstate lanes for the first time. MDOT applied HFST on a 1-mile stretch of I-94 in the southwest part of the State and on a quarter-mile section of I-75 north of Detroit. The agency started using HFST—pavement overlay systems with exceptional skid resistance—on Michigan roads and ramps in 2007.

 

Read more in the July/August 2017 issue of the Innovator newsletter:

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/innovator/issue61/issue61.cfm#a6

 

Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian

In Michigan, the Department of Transportation developed a road diet checklist to help planners analyze a road segment for potential reconfiguration. Michigan has road diets totaling more than 50 miles on 60 State corridors and nearly 90 miles on 94 local corridors.

 

Read more in the May/June 2017 issue of the Innovator newsletter:

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/innovator/issue60/issue60.cfm#a1

 

Road Weather Management-Weather-Savvy Roads

One agency using integrated mobile observations is the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), which equipped 15 vehicles and 310 snowplows to collect camera images of road conditions and data such as air and surface temperature, relative humidity, and brake status. The data help maintenance workers use resources more efficiently. They’re also used to post motorist advisories on the MDOT Mi Drive Web site, a mobile application, and changeable message boards.

Read more in the March/April 2017 issue of the Innovator newsletter:

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/innovator/issue59/issue59.cfm#a1

 

Using Data to Improve Traffic Incident Management

The Michigan Department of Transportation produces a monthly TIM performance report for the Southeast Michigan Traffic Operations Center and the agency's western region. Michigan creates a number of graphs that show average roadway clearance times and incident clearance details.

 

Read more in the January/February 2017 issue of the Innovator newsletter: 

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/innovator/issue58/issue58.cfm#a2


2016

eConstruction

The Michigan DOT, with a 2015 construction program of $1.2 billion, estimates it's saving $12 million a year, eliminating six million pieces of paper and slashing construction modification times from 30 days to just three days with the use of e-construction. The agency rates itself as 99 percent paperless. It uses paper for the tickets on materials, but that will change as it investigates alternatives.

 

Read more in the March/April 2016 issue of the Innovator newsletter:

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/innovator/issue53/issue53.cfm#a4

 

High Friction Surface Treatment

The Michigan Department of Transportation conducted a road safety audit on I-94 from Jackson County to the Indiana state line. The RSA—a formal safety performance examination by a multidisciplinary team—was initiated after the corridor experienced a 193-vehicle pileup in winter 2015. The RSA report recommendations include applying high-friction surface treatment on select pavement areas to enhance safety. Representatives of the Michigan State Police, FHWA, Wayne State University and other organizations helped conduct the RSA.

 

Read more in the March/April 2016 issue of the Innovator newsletter:

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/innovator/issue53/issue53.cfm#a4

 

To review previous years’ Innovations, please visit: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/stic/state_innovation.cfm