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Development of a MASH TL-2 guardrail-to-bridge rail transition compatible with 31-inch guardrail

Description: The TxDOT Design Division is in the process of developing new guardrail standards that comply with the AASHTO Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH). The new guardrail system will provide increased capacity and improved impact performance relative to the current design. A key feature of the new system is an increased in rail mounting height from 27 inches to 31 inches. TxDOT's current TL-2 metal beam transition is 27 inches tall and is not compatible with the new 31 inch guardrail system. While the high-speed, nested thrie beam transition system meets MASH guidelines and is compatible with a 31-inch guardrail, it would be cost-prohibitive to use it on all roadways. The objective of this research was to develop a transition that is suitable for use on lower speed roadways, less expensive and complex than the current high-speed (i.e., TL-3) transition design, and is compatible with a 31-inch guardrail. A low-cost guardrail-to-bridge rail transition was successfully developed and tested under MASH Test Level 2 conditions. It is compatible with a 31-inch guardrail and can connect to rigid concrete bridge rails. It is considered suitable for implementation on roadways that have traffic conditions appropriate for the use of TL-2 safety hardware. Use of this system provides significant savings in material and installation cost compared to the high speed transition system.
Date: December 2011
Creator: Bligh, Roger P.; Arrington, Dusty R. & Menges, Wanda L.
Item Type: Report

TxDOT uses of real-time commercial traffic data : opportunity matrix

Description: Based on a TxDOT survey, a review of other state DOTs, and researcher understanding of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) needs, the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) team developed a comprehensive list of opportunities for TxDOT to consider pertaining to future use of private sector (PS) data. Specific opportunities for applying private data were reviewed in light of accuracy of the data, coverage areas, data availability, cost, and control of the data stream.
Date: January 2012
Creator: Middleton, Dan; Brydia, Robert; Kraus, Edgar; Cheu, Kelvin; Rajbhandari, Rajat, 1973-; Songchitruksa, Praprut et al.
Item Type: Report

Benefits of public roadside safety rest areas in Texas : technical report

Description: Report regarding efforts to develop a benefit-cost analysis methodology for safety rest areas in Texas and to demonstrate its application in select corridors throughout the state. This project also considers approaches to developing rest areas that could reduce costs to the public.
Date: May 2011
Creator: Carson, Jodi L.; Pezoldt, Val J.; Koncz, Nicholas A., 1964- & Obeng-Boampong, Kwaku Oduro, 1977-
Item Type: Report

Development of a MASH TL-3 median barrier gate

Description: Report regarding a median barrier gate designed to both offer protection to motorists and easier cross-median access for emergency and maintenance vehicles.
Date: February 2011
Creator: Bligh, Roger P.; Arrington, Dusty R.; Sheikh, Nauman Mansoor; Silvestri, Chiara & Menges, Wanda L.
Item Type: Report

Energy developments and the transportation infrastructure in Texas

Description: "This report describes the work completed to measure the impact of increased level of energy-related activities on the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) right-of-way and infrastructure, as well as develop recommendations to reduce and manage TxDOT's exposure and risk resulting from those activities."
Date: March 2012
Creator: Quiroga, César A.; Fernando, E. G. & Oh, Jeongho
Item Type: Report

Modern traffic control devices to improve safety at rural intersections

Description: "The goal of this project was to obtain a better understanding of modern TCD capabilities. Researchers conducted the following tasks literature review, crash data examination, TxDOT district survey, laboratory survey, field study, and development of principles for selecting TCDs."
Date: September 2011
Creator: Fitzpatrick, Kay; Chrysler, Susan T.; Sunkari, Srivivasa R.; Cooper, Joel; Park, Byung-Jung & Higgins, Laura
Item Type: Report

Studies to determine the effectiveness of automated flagger assistance devices and school crossing devices

Description: "This report describes the methodology and results of analyses performed to determine motorist understanding, as well as the operational and safety effectiveness, of automated flaggers assistance devices (AFADs) relative to the use of flaggers at lane closures on two-lane, two-way roadways."
Date: October 2011
Creator: Finley, Melisa D.; Ullman, Brooke R.; Trout, Nada D. & Park, Eun Sug
Item Type: Report

MASH test 3-37 of the TxDOT 31-inch w-beam downstream anchor terminal

Description: Report discussing the findings of a study into issues related to roadside safety devices: "The objective of this study was to develop a suitable replacement for the downstream 'turn-down' guardrail anchor system. The 'turn-down' guardrail anchor system does not meet mandated test requirements under MASH for upstream anchor application terminals; however, it does meet downstream requirements for previous crash testing standard" (abstract). It includes background information, system details, test requirements and evaluation criteria, crash test procedures, crash test results, and conclusions.
Date: October 2011
Creator: Bligh, Roger P.; Menges, Wanda L. & Arrington, Dusty R.
Item Type: Report

Performance monitoring pavements with thermal segregation in Texas

Description: This report investigated the performance of asphalt surface mixtures that exhibited thermal segregation during construction from 2004 to 2009. The results do not show that thermally segregated locations will fail within three to seven years but they do show that instances of thermal segregation may continue to be anomalous locations in the layer that could lead to failures in the pavement structure.
Date: April 2012
Creator: Sebesta, Stephen & Scullion, Tom
Item Type: Report

Work zone positive protection guidelines

Description: "In this report the goal of the project was to develop implementation guidance that the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) can use to make better decisions regarding when and where to use positive protection in work zones and when to consider exposure control and other traffic control measures that could improve work zone safety."
Date: May 2011
Creator: Ullman, Gerald L.; Iragavarapu, Vichika & Sun, Dahzi
Item Type: Report

Research on asset management for safety and operations

Description: "This report provided Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) with guidance on developing a well-designed asset management system as a critical component of the agency's approach to providing for the mobility of its customers, preserving the infrastructure already in place, planning for future improvements of that infrastructure, and being responsive and accountable to the public regarding the investment of their tax dollars."
Date: August 2011
Creator: Jasek, Debbie; Carson, Jodi L.; Theiss, LuAnn; Songchitruksa, Praprut; Perkins, Judy; Yang, Yonggao et al.
Item Type: Report

Signing strategies for low-water and flood-prone highway crossings

Description: "In this report the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) developed a guidelines and recommendations for creating signing uniformity for low-water and flood-prone sections of roadways. TTI also developed criteria for when to implement active water-level detection and advance warning systems at low-water crossings and flood-prone roadway sections."
Date: November 2011
Creator: Higgins, Laura; Chrysler, Susan T.; Pesti, Geza & Chaudhary, Nadeem
Item Type: Report

A portable toolbox to monitor and evaluate signal operations

Description: Report regarding a portable computer that interfaces with traffic signal cabinets, monitors and logs events that occur within the cabinet, and then analyzes the log files and creates easy to read reports.
Date: September 2011
Creator: Sunkari, Srinivasa R.; Charara, Hassan A. & Songchitruksa, Praprut
Item Type: Report

Applying the systems engineering approach to video over IP projects

Description: "In 2009, the Texas Transportation Institute produced for the Texas Department of Transportation a document called Video over IP Design Guidebook. This report summarized an implementation of that project in the form of a workshop. The workshop was developed and presented as a pilot in Austin in 2010 and taught an additional four times in 2011 in Fort Worth, Lubbock, Houston, and San Antonio."
Date: September 2011
Creator: Thomas, Gary B.
Item Type: Report

Development of guidelines for pedestrian safety treatments at signalized intersections

Description: "This document summarized the research conducted and the conclusions reached during the development of guidelines for pedestrian safety treatments at signalized intersections. The guidelines are focused on treatments that alleviate conflicts between left-turning vehicles and pedestrians."
Date: August 2011
Creator: Pratt, Michael P.; Songchitruksa, Praprut & Bonneson, James A.
Item Type: Report

Comprehensive evaluation of compaction of asphalt pavements and development of compaction monitoring system

Description: "This report aimed to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of compaction of asphalt pavements and develop software for monitoring field compaction in real time.The results were used to determine the effects of compaction temperature, compaction method, mixture design, and base type on the compactability of asphalt mixtures.Also in this report researchers developed a system for monitoring and documenting the compaction process of asphalt mixtures called compaction monitoring system (CMS)."
Date: April 2012
Creator: Kassem, Emad Abdel-Rahman, 1979-; Scullion, Tom; Masad, Eyad; Chowdhury, Arif; Liu, Wenting; Estakhri, Cindy K. et al.
Item Type: Report

Performance Measures for Public Transit Mobility Management

Description: Report that looks at the state of mobility management practice throughout Texas, as well as national best practices in mobility management. Additionally, this research provides an overview of the varying roles of state departments of transportation in public transit mobility management efforts. The research also presents applied mobility management for agencies seeking to implement mobility management programs as well as a menu of performance measures that can be utilized based on the type and level of program implemented.
Date: December 2011
Creator: Sen, Lalita; Majumdar, Sarmistha R.; Highsmith, Meredith; Cherrington, Linda K. & Gilliland, Cynthia A. Weatherby
Item Type: Report