Midwest Roadside Safety Pooled Fund Program

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(430)
Lead Organization: Nebraska Department of Transportation
Solicitation Number: 1489
Partners: Kentucky Department of Transportation, CA, FL, GADOT, HI, IADOT, IL, IN, KS, KY, MN, MO, NC, NE, NJ, OH, SC, SD, UT, VA, WI, WY
Status: Contract signed
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Nov 04, 2021
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $4,638,996.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Mark Fischer
Mark.fischer@nebraska.gov
Phone: 402- 479-3163
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Dick Albin
dick.albin@dot.gov
Phone: 360- 534-9312
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
California Department of Transportation 2020 $68,000.00 Randy Hiatt Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2021 $68,000.00 Randy Hiatt Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2022 $68,000.00 Randy Hiatt Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
Florida Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Derwood Sheppard Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Derwood Sheppard Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Derwood Sheppard Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Georgia Department of Transportation 2020 $215,000.00 Frank Flanders Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Frank Flanders Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Frank Flanders Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2023 $65,000.00 Frank Flanders Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Hawaii Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Casey Abe Scot Urada 808-587-2222 scot.t.urada@hawaii.gov
Hawaii Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Casey Abe Scot Urada 808-587-2222 scot.t.urada@hawaii.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Filiberto Sotelo Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Filiberto Sotelo Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Filiberto Sotelo Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2023 $65,000.00 Filiberto Sotelo Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Indiana Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Jeffrey Brooks Tommy Nantung 765-463-1521 ext 248 tnantung@indot.in.gov
Indiana Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Jeffrey Brooks Tommy Nantung 765-463-1521 ext 248 tnantung@indot.in.gov
Indiana Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Jeffrey Brooks Tommy Nantung 765-463-1521 ext 248 tnantung@indot.in.gov
Indiana Department of Transportation 2023 $65,000.00 Jeffrey Brooks Tommy Nantung 765-463-1521 ext 248 tnantung@indot.in.gov
Iowa Department of Transportation 2020 $81,996.00 Daniel Harness Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2021 $67,000.00 Daniel Harness Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2022 $67,000.00 Daniel Harness Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2023 $67,000.00 Daniel Harness Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Kansas Department of Transportation 2020 $70,000.00 Thomas Rhoads Scott King 785-296-3566 sking@ksdot.org
Kansas Department of Transportation 2021 $70,000.00 Thomas Rhoads Scott King 785-296-3566 sking@ksdot.org
Kansas Department of Transportation 2022 $70,000.00 Thomas Rhoads Scott King 785-296-3566 sking@ksdot.org
Kansas Department of Transportation 2023 $70,000.00 Thomas Rhoads Scott King 785-296-3566 sking@ksdot.org
Kentucky Department of Transportation $0.00
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2020 $65,000.00 Gary Newton Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2021 $65,000.00 Gary Newton Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2022 $65,000.00 Gary Newton Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2020 $66,000.00 Michael Elle Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2021 $66,000.00 Michael Elle Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2022 $66,000.00 Michael Elle Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Missouri Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Sarah Kleinschmit Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Sarah Kleinschmit Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Sarah Kleinschmit Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2023 $65,000.00 Sarah Kleinschmit Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Nebraska Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Phil TenHulzen Mark Fischer (402) 479-3163 Mark.fischer@nebraska.gov
Nebraska Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Phil TenHulzen Mark Fischer (402) 479-3163 Mark.fischer@nebraska.gov
Nebraska Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Phil TenHulzen Mark Fischer (402) 479-3163 Mark.fischer@nebraska.gov
New Jersey Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Hung Tang Giri Venkiteela 6099632239 Giri.Venkiteela@dot.NJ.gov
New Jersey Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Hung Tang Giri Venkiteela 6099632239 Giri.Venkiteela@dot.NJ.gov
New Jersey Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Hung Tang Giri Venkiteela 6099632239 Giri.Venkiteela@dot.NJ.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Joel Howerton Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Joel Howerton Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Joel Howerton Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2023 $65,000.00 Joel Howerton Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Don Fisher General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Don Fisher General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Don Fisher General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2023 $65,000.00 Don Fisher General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2020 $67,000.00 Mark Anthony Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2021 $67,000.00 Mark Anthony Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2022 $67,000.00 Mark Anthony Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2023 $67,000.00 Mark Anthony Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Dakota Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Bernie Clocksin David Huft 605-773-3358 dave.huft@state.sd.us
South Dakota Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Bernie Clocksin David Huft 605-773-3358 dave.huft@state.sd.us
Utah Department of Transportation 2020 $66,500.00 Shawn Debenham David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2021 $66,500.00 Shawn Debenham David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2022 $66,500.00 Shawn Debenham David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2023 $66,500.00 Shawn Debenham David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Kevin Wright Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Kevin Wright Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Kevin Wright Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Erik Emerson Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Erik Emerson Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Erik Emerson Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wyoming Department of Transportation $0.00

Study Description

In 1990, three states in the Midwest, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri, recognized the need for additional research to improve roadside safety and to reduce injuries and fatalities associated with ran-off-road crashes. With this need, the concept of a State Department of Transportation, annually-funded, research program was conceived. As a result, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln collaborated with the States of Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri to form the Midwest States Regional Pooled Fund Program, a program dedicated for sponsoring roadside safety research. In 1994, the program was joined by the States of Iowa and Minnesota. In 1995 and 1996, the States of South Dakota and Wisconsin jointed the Pooled Fund Program, respectively. In 1997, the State of Ohio joined the Pooled Fund Program with the other seven states. From 2000 to 2005, the Pooled Fund Program continued with support from these eight member states in addition to short-term support from the states of California, Connecticut, Montana, and Texas. In 2005 and 2006, the states of Illinois and Wyoming joined the Pooled Fund Program, respectively. In the 30th year, the Pooled Fund program has nineteen member states, including California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Largely due to the support from the Midwest Pooled Fund Program, MwRSF has come to be recognized as a global leader in the development of crashworthy safety structures. Numerous safety features have been developed through the Midwest Pooled Fund Program and have been adopted nationwide with several systems adopted internationally. These new safety features have saved the lives of countless motorists across the nation over the last decade.

Objectives

The Midwest Roadside Safety Pooled Fund Program is a collaborative program between state DOTs and the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility (MwRSF) dedicated to sponsoring roadside safety research. The goal of this program is to address the roadside safety needs of state DOTs, solve problems of similar interest, and standardize safety features across state borders. MwRSF and Pooled Fund member states eagerly welcome new members.

The goals of the Midwest Roadside Safety Pooled Fund Program include: 1) improving highway safety by making the roadside less hazardous for motorists; 2) designing, developing, and crash testing innovative roadside safety hardware to current impact safety standards, such as the Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH); 3) conducting safety performance evaluations of existing roadside features; 4) performing computer simulation modeling of vehicle impacts with roadside hardware and geometric features; and 5) developing roadside safety guidance to aid transportation agencies in improving motorist safety.

Scope of Work

The Midwest Roadside Safety Pooled Fund Program provides a wide variety of research capabilities and expertise to its members. MwRSF is a full-service testing laboratory that offers compliance testing, design, redesign, failure analysis, and component testing of roadway and roadside appurtenances. MwRSF’s testing experience includes performance testing of guardrail, bridge rails, noise walls, concrete barriers, delineators, luminaries, mailboxes, work zone sign supports, and component testing of post designs, break-away and slip bases, as well as materials testing. In addition to testing of safety hardware and components, MwRSF can perform vehicle handling and friction testing. MwRSF is an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accredited Laboratory. In 2009, MwRSF was approved for accreditation by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) in the field of safety performance evaluation of highway features and vehicle testing of crash barriers for the tests identified in the Scope of Accreditation.

The Midwest Roadside Safety Pooled Fund Program and MwRSF have led the development of innovative barrier systems and roadside safety guidance for over 30 years. The Midwest Pooled Fund Program and MwRSF have developed many of the most common and successful barrier systems in use on roads today, and their research has formed the basis of many of the roadside safety guidance used in the AASHTO Roadside Design Guide (RDG), MASH, and individual state standards. Some examples of this influence would include development of the Zone of Intrusion (ZOI) concept, development of updated cable barrier test matrices for MASH 2016, and design of a variety of barrier systems ranging from bullnose barriers, approach guardrail transitions, various longitudinal barriers and bridge rails, and other hardware, that form the basis for many states standard plans.

The Midwest Roadside Safety Pooled Fund Program has access to expert researchers at MwRSF that are proficient in the use of state-of-the-art computer software, including LS-DYNA, Barrier VII, CarSim, and others, to simulate real-life impact events. Using computer simulation, it is possible to design more advanced barrier systems, reduce design costs, and better understand system behavior outside the range of standard crash testing.

Midwest Roadside Safety Pooled Fund Program members also have access to the following benefits.

1. The ability to address and prioritize safety topics critical for state departments of transportation.

2. Access to top-tier research staff with extensive experience and a repository of historical data as well as an exclusive opportunity to submit consulting questions.

3. Ability to collaborate with other Midwest Pooled Fund member states.

4. Staff assistance with preparing MASH evaluations for FHWA division offices and determining MASH-crashworthiness of devices without conducting full suite of tests.

5. Direct involvement and input on new innovations and major advancements in safety that reduce fatal and serious injury crashes. Most developments are non-proprietary and do not create IP problems.

6. Extensive dissemination of research results via technical reports, journal paper publications, conference presentations, webinars, and a free web library.

Subjects: Bridges, Other Structures, and Hydraulics and Hydrology Highway and Facility Design Maintenance Materials and Construction

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
Acceptance Memo Acceptance Memo TPF-5(430).pdf Memorandum Public
Quarterly Reports - March 2020-June 2020 Quarterly Reports - March 2020-June 2020.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Reports - July 2020-September 2020 Quarterly Reports - July 2020-September 2020.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Reports - October 2020-December 2020 Quarterly Reports - October 2020-December 2020.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Reports - January 2021-March 2021 Quarterly Report - January 2021-March 2021.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Reports - March 2021-June 2021 TPF-5(430) March 2021 - June 2021.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Reports - July 2021-September 2021 TPF-5(430) Quarterly Report July 2021 - September 2021.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Documents Attached
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SPR-B Waiver Approval Letter Approval of SP&R Waiver Pooled Fund Solicitation #1489.pdf Memorandum Public

Midwest Roadside Safety Pooled Fund Program

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(430)
Lead Organization: Nebraska Department of Transportation
Solicitation Number: 1489
Partners: Kentucky Department of Transportation, CA, FL, GADOT, HI, IADOT, IL, IN, KS, KY, MN, MO, NC, NE, NJ, OH, SC, SD, UT, VA, WI, WY
Status: Contract signed
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Nov 04, 2021
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $4,638,996.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Mark Fischer
Mark.fischer@nebraska.gov
Phone: 402- 479-3163
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Dick Albin
dick.albin@dot.gov
Phone: 360- 534-9312
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
California Department of Transportation 2020 $68,000.00 Randy Hiatt Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2021 $68,000.00 Randy Hiatt Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2022 $68,000.00 Randy Hiatt Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
Florida Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Derwood Sheppard Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Derwood Sheppard Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Derwood Sheppard Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Georgia Department of Transportation 2020 $215,000.00 Frank Flanders Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Frank Flanders Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Frank Flanders Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2023 $65,000.00 Frank Flanders Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Hawaii Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Casey Abe Scot Urada 808-587-2222 scot.t.urada@hawaii.gov
Hawaii Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Casey Abe Scot Urada 808-587-2222 scot.t.urada@hawaii.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Filiberto Sotelo Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Filiberto Sotelo Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Filiberto Sotelo Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2023 $65,000.00 Filiberto Sotelo Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Indiana Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Jeffrey Brooks Tommy Nantung 765-463-1521 ext 248 tnantung@indot.in.gov
Indiana Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Jeffrey Brooks Tommy Nantung 765-463-1521 ext 248 tnantung@indot.in.gov
Indiana Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Jeffrey Brooks Tommy Nantung 765-463-1521 ext 248 tnantung@indot.in.gov
Indiana Department of Transportation 2023 $65,000.00 Jeffrey Brooks Tommy Nantung 765-463-1521 ext 248 tnantung@indot.in.gov
Iowa Department of Transportation 2020 $81,996.00 Daniel Harness Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2021 $67,000.00 Daniel Harness Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2022 $67,000.00 Daniel Harness Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2023 $67,000.00 Daniel Harness Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Kansas Department of Transportation 2020 $70,000.00 Thomas Rhoads Scott King 785-296-3566 sking@ksdot.org
Kansas Department of Transportation 2021 $70,000.00 Thomas Rhoads Scott King 785-296-3566 sking@ksdot.org
Kansas Department of Transportation 2022 $70,000.00 Thomas Rhoads Scott King 785-296-3566 sking@ksdot.org
Kansas Department of Transportation 2023 $70,000.00 Thomas Rhoads Scott King 785-296-3566 sking@ksdot.org
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2020 $65,000.00 Gary Newton Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2021 $65,000.00 Gary Newton Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2022 $65,000.00 Gary Newton Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2020 $66,000.00 Michael Elle Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2021 $66,000.00 Michael Elle Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2022 $66,000.00 Michael Elle Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Missouri Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Sarah Kleinschmit Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Sarah Kleinschmit Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Sarah Kleinschmit Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2023 $65,000.00 Sarah Kleinschmit Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Nebraska Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Phil TenHulzen Mark Fischer (402) 479-3163 Mark.fischer@nebraska.gov
Nebraska Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Phil TenHulzen Mark Fischer (402) 479-3163 Mark.fischer@nebraska.gov
Nebraska Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Phil TenHulzen Mark Fischer (402) 479-3163 Mark.fischer@nebraska.gov
New Jersey Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Hung Tang Giri Venkiteela 6099632239 Giri.Venkiteela@dot.NJ.gov
New Jersey Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Hung Tang Giri Venkiteela 6099632239 Giri.Venkiteela@dot.NJ.gov
New Jersey Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Hung Tang Giri Venkiteela 6099632239 Giri.Venkiteela@dot.NJ.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Joel Howerton Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Joel Howerton Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Joel Howerton Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2023 $65,000.00 Joel Howerton Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Don Fisher General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Don Fisher General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Don Fisher General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2023 $65,000.00 Don Fisher General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2020 $67,000.00 Mark Anthony Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2021 $67,000.00 Mark Anthony Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2022 $67,000.00 Mark Anthony Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2023 $67,000.00 Mark Anthony Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Dakota Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Bernie Clocksin David Huft 605-773-3358 dave.huft@state.sd.us
South Dakota Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Bernie Clocksin David Huft 605-773-3358 dave.huft@state.sd.us
Utah Department of Transportation 2020 $66,500.00 Shawn Debenham David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2021 $66,500.00 Shawn Debenham David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2022 $66,500.00 Shawn Debenham David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2023 $66,500.00 Shawn Debenham David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Kevin Wright Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Kevin Wright Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Kevin Wright Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2020 $65,000.00 Erik Emerson Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2021 $65,000.00 Erik Emerson Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2022 $65,000.00 Erik Emerson Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov

Study Description

Study Description

In 1990, three states in the Midwest, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri, recognized the need for additional research to improve roadside safety and to reduce injuries and fatalities associated with ran-off-road crashes. With this need, the concept of a State Department of Transportation, annually-funded, research program was conceived. As a result, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln collaborated with the States of Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri to form the Midwest States Regional Pooled Fund Program, a program dedicated for sponsoring roadside safety research. In 1994, the program was joined by the States of Iowa and Minnesota. In 1995 and 1996, the States of South Dakota and Wisconsin jointed the Pooled Fund Program, respectively. In 1997, the State of Ohio joined the Pooled Fund Program with the other seven states. From 2000 to 2005, the Pooled Fund Program continued with support from these eight member states in addition to short-term support from the states of California, Connecticut, Montana, and Texas. In 2005 and 2006, the states of Illinois and Wyoming joined the Pooled Fund Program, respectively. In the 30th year, the Pooled Fund program has nineteen member states, including California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Largely due to the support from the Midwest Pooled Fund Program, MwRSF has come to be recognized as a global leader in the development of crashworthy safety structures. Numerous safety features have been developed through the Midwest Pooled Fund Program and have been adopted nationwide with several systems adopted internationally. These new safety features have saved the lives of countless motorists across the nation over the last decade.

Objectives

The Midwest Roadside Safety Pooled Fund Program is a collaborative program between state DOTs and the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility (MwRSF) dedicated to sponsoring roadside safety research. The goal of this program is to address the roadside safety needs of state DOTs, solve problems of similar interest, and standardize safety features across state borders. MwRSF and Pooled Fund member states eagerly welcome new members.

The goals of the Midwest Roadside Safety Pooled Fund Program include: 1) improving highway safety by making the roadside less hazardous for motorists; 2) designing, developing, and crash testing innovative roadside safety hardware to current impact safety standards, such as the Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH); 3) conducting safety performance evaluations of existing roadside features; 4) performing computer simulation modeling of vehicle impacts with roadside hardware and geometric features; and 5) developing roadside safety guidance to aid transportation agencies in improving motorist safety.

Scope of Work

The Midwest Roadside Safety Pooled Fund Program provides a wide variety of research capabilities and expertise to its members. MwRSF is a full-service testing laboratory that offers compliance testing, design, redesign, failure analysis, and component testing of roadway and roadside appurtenances. MwRSF’s testing experience includes performance testing of guardrail, bridge rails, noise walls, concrete barriers, delineators, luminaries, mailboxes, work zone sign supports, and component testing of post designs, break-away and slip bases, as well as materials testing. In addition to testing of safety hardware and components, MwRSF can perform vehicle handling and friction testing. MwRSF is an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accredited Laboratory. In 2009, MwRSF was approved for accreditation by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) in the field of safety performance evaluation of highway features and vehicle testing of crash barriers for the tests identified in the Scope of Accreditation.

The Midwest Roadside Safety Pooled Fund Program and MwRSF have led the development of innovative barrier systems and roadside safety guidance for over 30 years. The Midwest Pooled Fund Program and MwRSF have developed many of the most common and successful barrier systems in use on roads today, and their research has formed the basis of many of the roadside safety guidance used in the AASHTO Roadside Design Guide (RDG), MASH, and individual state standards. Some examples of this influence would include development of the Zone of Intrusion (ZOI) concept, development of updated cable barrier test matrices for MASH 2016, and design of a variety of barrier systems ranging from bullnose barriers, approach guardrail transitions, various longitudinal barriers and bridge rails, and other hardware, that form the basis for many states standard plans.

The Midwest Roadside Safety Pooled Fund Program has access to expert researchers at MwRSF that are proficient in the use of state-of-the-art computer software, including LS-DYNA, Barrier VII, CarSim, and others, to simulate real-life impact events. Using computer simulation, it is possible to design more advanced barrier systems, reduce design costs, and better understand system behavior outside the range of standard crash testing.

Midwest Roadside Safety Pooled Fund Program members also have access to the following benefits.

1. The ability to address and prioritize safety topics critical for state departments of transportation.

2. Access to top-tier research staff with extensive experience and a repository of historical data as well as an exclusive opportunity to submit consulting questions.

3. Ability to collaborate with other Midwest Pooled Fund member states.

4. Staff assistance with preparing MASH evaluations for FHWA division offices and determining MASH-crashworthiness of devices without conducting full suite of tests.

5. Direct involvement and input on new innovations and major advancements in safety that reduce fatal and serious injury crashes. Most developments are non-proprietary and do not create IP problems.

6. Extensive dissemination of research results via technical reports, journal paper publications, conference presentations, webinars, and a free web library.

Subjects: Bridges, Other Structures, and Hydraulics and Hydrology Highway and Facility Design Maintenance Materials and Construction

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