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Innovator - MDOT Highlights

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

Alternative Technical Concepts

"We're also starting to see more contracts where agencies are using ATCs with D-B-B, and part of that is deciding which project is a good candidate," said John Huyer, FHWA Office of Infrastructure. "FHWA recently worked out a programmatic agreement with the Missouri DOT (MoDOT) for promoting ATCs on D-B-B projects, and it's now in MoDOT's strategic plan. D-B-B ATC use is also branching off into other areas. For example, the Michigan DOT has used it for controlling and maintaining traffic."

Read more in the July/August 2021 issue of the Innovator newsletter:

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/innovator/issue85/page_04.html



AID Demonstration 

FHWA's Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration grants will help seven States advance innovative solutions for mobility and safety for all road users. Alabama, Arizona, Michigan, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Utah are receiving more than $5.6 million in combined funding.

The Michigan DOT will use knowledge gained from previous efforts to bundle bridge projects on local agency routes. Expected outcomes with project bundling, a method supported during EDC-5 for awarding several projects under a single contract, include streamlined coordination and permitting and increased economies of scale.

Read more in the July/August 2021 issue of the Innovator newsletter:

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/innovator/issue85/page_04.html



Virtual Public Involvement

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is tapping the power of virtual public involvement to capture public input, including feedback on a study to improve traffic operations on Interstate 94 and a project to reconstruct a highway through a busy tourist town.

Read more in the March/April 2021 issue of the Innovator newsletter:

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/innovator/issue83/page_03.html

Advanced Geotechnical Methods in Exploration (A-GaME)

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has completed about 30 CPT soundings at eight locations, most near traditional borings. On a culvert replacement project on M-66 near East Jordan, MDOT conducted CPTs before traditional drilling and sampling. The CPT data indicated a weak layer beneath the surface, which was targeted for additional sampling during soil borings. The additional testing and CPT data added valuable information to the decision-making process, leading MDOT to change the culvert type and construction process from part width to detour, which reduced risk to the traveling public and the project.

Read more in the September/October 2020 issue of the Innovator newsletter: 

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/innovator/issue80/page_03.html

 

Project Bundling

Freeway lighting is another project type that can benefit from bundling. In a metropolitan Detroit project, the Michigan Department of Transportation entered into a P3 agreement to improve lighting on five interstate corridors where just 70 percent of the lights functioned. The project bundled the replacement and maintenance of 15,000 lights for 15 years. The project improved freeway visibility and safety while achieving energy savings by replacing high-pressure sodium and metal halide lights with efficient light-emitting diode fixtures.

Read more in the July/August 2020 issue of the Innovator newsletter: 

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/innovator/issue79/page_03.html

 

Unmanned Aerial Systems

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Michigan Technical University are collaborating to expand use of unmanned a erial systems (UAS) to meet systems operations and maintenance data needs.

 

Read more in the July/August 2020 issue of the Innovator newsletter: 

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/innovator/issue79/page_05.html  

 

AID Demonstration

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will use ABC and prefabricated bridge elements and systems to accelerate construction and reduce traffic delays during the Second Avenue Network Arch Superstructure project, part of the Interstate 94 modernization project in Detroit. MDOT estimates that erecting a network arch instead of a conventional structure will save $2 million in user delays.

 

Read more in the May/June 2020 issue of the Innovator newsletter: 

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/innovator/issue78/page_04.html
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

Safety Analysis Guidance for Project Development

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is broadening its implementation of DDSA so that it becomes an integral component of safety management and project development decision making, leading to better investment of resources to enhance highway safety. As part of that effort, MDOT used STIC Incentive funds to develop guidance on using DDSA.

The guidance outlines the appropriate level of safety analysis at each stage of project development, including the project scoping, development of project alternatives, and design exception processes. MDOT also created a safety tool matrix and training plan on using safety analysis tools. For information, contact Mark Bott of MDOT.

Read more in the September/October 2018 issue of the Innovator newsletter:  

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/innovator/issue68/3dIssue/



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