NDDOT Transportation Innovations Program - (TRIP) 2017

What is TRIP?

TRIP is a new program to identify and implement innovative ideas in transportation projects, processes and products. Innovation ideas should address transportation in areas including but not limited to:

Bridges and Structures
Operations and Maintenance
Roadway Surfacing
Service Delivery
Innovative or Currently Underprovided Transportation Training
Innovative Research

TRIP Ideas Being Advanced

Using a Texas Underseal on HBP Overlay projects
Studying the use of Fiberglass Rebar & Dowels Bars in Bridges and Pavements
Using Fiber Reinforced HBP
Installing Culvert Movement Monitoring/Instrumentation
Using URETEK Deep Polymer Injection on frost heaves
Monitoring traffic flows with Distributed Acoustic Sensing
Using Geogrid Reinforcement under aggregate base for flexible pavement
Using a MIT Scan T2 for collecting concrete pavement thicknesses
Using Hydrated Lime as an anti-stripping agent in new full-depth HBP pavements
Developing a digital driver's license application process
Using TheSmartCone™ technology for security, work-zone safety and surveillance applications
Using Jointbond to address longitudinal HBP joint deterioration
Using WatershedGeo HydroTurf® for drainage way armoring
Technical Analysis Process to Review Contract Award
Safety Enhancement System on existing guardrail
Terrestrial Laser Scanning for High Accuracy As-Builts and Design Models
Flexible Hoses to repair the "Bump at the Ends of Bridges"
Micro Milling with Microsurfacing projects
Roadway Drainage Geocomposite Underdrain System under PCCP unsealed Joints
Electrically Conductive Fly Ash Geopolymer Concrete Mortar to Snow-proof Roadway Markings
Using TheSmartCone Technology in Intelligent Work Zones
Using a new Salt Brine Enhancer
Cross-Asset Performance Based Planning and Programming Dashboard Software
Installing a Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS)
Improving Work Zone Safety and Mobility using Intelligent Work Zone (IWZ) concept
An Alternative Pipe Joint Repair Method

Who Can Submit An Innovation Idea?

Service Providers
Colleges & Universities
Local Jurisdictions

How to Submit an Innovative Idea

Please read the Call for Transportation Innovation Ideas for instructions to submit your ideas.

What is "Every Day Counts"?

The FHWA EDC (Every Day Counts) program provides some examples of transportation innovative ideas, and was created to identify and rapidly deploy proven but underutilized innovations to:

Shorten Project Delivery Process
Enhance Roadway Safety
Reduce Congestion
Improve Environmental Sustainability

For more information on EDC and example projects please see:
FHWA Every Day Counts

Additional Information:

TRIP is an ongoing program that will have multiple solicitations annually. Please refer to this page for upcoming idea submittal deadlines.

Submitted ideas will be reviewed and shortlisted by the NDDOT TRIP Review Team. Shortlisted ideas may be invited to present a summary of their idea before the TRIP Review Team, which will provide recommendations for selection to the NDDOT Executive Office. The NDDOT Executive Office will make all final decisions.

TRIP funding is limited to areas where NDDOT funds may be used, as laid out under state law.

For submissions that are roadway related, the Department will attempt to utilize Federal Aid when available and may be limited in applying a specific submission to a roadway that is eligible for Federal Aid.

For any questions regarding TRIP, visit the TRIP Contact Form.

The Transportation Innovation Program (TRIP) is sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Transportation with funding assistance through the Federal Highway Administration. The program is coordinated by the Upper Great Plains Tranportation Institute (UGPTI), a research and education center at North Dakota State University.