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08/02/2017 10:24 AM

NDDOT Seeking Submissions for Transportation Innovation Ideas

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is in its third year of its partnership with Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI) for advancing the Transportation Innovation Program (TRIP). TRIP seeks to identify and implement innovative solutions for transportation related projects, processes and products.

NDDOT and UGPTI are currently seeking submissions for the Transportation Innovation Program. Innovation ideas are to address areas in transportation including but not limited to:

• Bridges and structures

• Construction

• Operations and Maintenance

• Roadway surfacing

• Planning

• Environmental

• Safety

• Service delivery

• Transit

• Multi-modal

• Innovative or currently underprovided transportation training

• Innovative research


“The NDDOT is committed to providing a safe and reliable transportation system while utilizing resources more efficiently,” says Wayde Swenson, NDDOT Director of Operations. “In today’s economic environment these innovative ideas can change the way we do business and provide the public with better service at a reduced cost.”

Some examples of innovative submittals that have been implemented include:

  • Using a Texas Underseal on HBP Overlay projects for reduced pavement cracking
  • Studying the use of Fiberglass Rebar & Dowels Bars in Bridges and Pavements
  • Using Fiber Reinforced HBP to reduce pavement thickness
  • Installing Culvert Movement Monitoring/Instrumentation
  • Using URETEK Deep Polymer Injection on frost heaves to improve ride
  • Monitoring traffic flows with Distributed Acoustic Sensing
  • Using Geogrid Reinforcement under aggregate base  to conserve aggregate reserves
  • Using  non-destructive testing for verifying 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
  • Micro-Milling and Microsurfacing a roadway for enhanced ride
  • Building a geosynthetic reinforced soil integrated bridge system to reduce new bridge cost

 Who Can Submit An Innovation Idea?

- Contractors

- Colleges & Universities

- Consultants

- Tribes

- Suppliers

- Local Jurisdictions

- Associations

- NDDOT staff


TRIP is an ongoing program that will have up to four solicitations each year. The deadline to submit an idea during this round of submissions for Transportation Innovation Ideas is September 15, 2017. For additional information please go to the TRIP webpage at: http://www.dot.nd.gov/business/innovate

 


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