Aurora Program (FY20-FY24)

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(435)
Former Study Number: TPF-5(290)
Lead Organization: Iowa Department of Transportation
Contract Start Date: Jan 01, 2020
Solicitation Number: 1496
Partners: AK, AZDOT, CA, CO, DE, IADOT, IL, KS, ME, MI, MN, MO, ND, OH, PADOT, UT, VA, WA, WI
Status: Contract signed
Est. Completion Date: Dec 31, 2024
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2024
Contract End Date: Dec 31, 2024
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Suggested Contribution:
Total Commitments Received: $2,450,000.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Khyle Clute
Khyle.Clute@iowadot.us
Phone: 515-239-1646
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): David Johnson
david.johnson@dot.gov
Phone: 202- 366-1301
Study Champion(s): Tina Greenfield-Huitt
Tina.Greenfield@iowadot.us
Phone: 515-233-7746
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2020 $25,000.00 Dan Schacher Cristina DeMattio
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2021 $25,000.00 Dan Schacher Cristina DeMattio
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2022 $25,000.00 Dan Schacher Cristina DeMattio
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2023 $25,000.00 Dan Schacher Cristina DeMattio
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2024 $25,000.00 Dan Schacher Cristina DeMattio
Arizona Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Kevin Duby Angela Estrada
Arizona Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Kevin Duby Angela Estrada
Arizona Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Kevin Duby Angela Estrada
Arizona Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Kevin Duby Angela Estrada
Arizona Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Kevin Duby Angela Estrada
California Department of Transportation 2019 $75,000.00 Mohammad Iraki Sang Le
California Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Mohammad Iraki Sang Le
California Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Mohammad Iraki Sang Le
Colorado Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Nick Barlow David Reeves
Colorado Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Nick Barlow David Reeves
Colorado Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Nick Barlow David Reeves
Colorado Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Nick Barlow David Reeves
Colorado Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Nick Barlow David Reeves
Delaware Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Jason McCluskey Nicole Johnson
Delaware Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Jason McCluskey Nicole Johnson
Delaware Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Jason McCluskey Nicole Johnson
Illinois Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley John Senger
Illinois Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley John Senger
Illinois Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley John Senger
Illinois Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley John Senger
Illinois Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley John Senger
Iowa Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt -- --
Iowa Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt -- --
Iowa Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt -- --
Iowa Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt -- --
Iowa Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt -- --
Kansas Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour
Kansas Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour
Kansas Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour
Kansas Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour
Kansas Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour
Maine Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Colby Fortier-Brown Dale Peabody
Maine Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Colby Fortier-Brown Dale Peabody
Maine Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Colby Fortier-Brown Dale Peabody
Maine Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Colby Fortier-Brown Dale Peabody
Maine Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Colby Fortier-Brown Dale Peabody
Michigan Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover
Michigan Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover
Michigan Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover
Michigan Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover
Michigan Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Leif Halverson
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Leif Halverson
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Leif Halverson
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Leif Halverson
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Leif Halverson
Missouri Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Tonya Lohman Jennifer Harper
Missouri Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Tonya Lohman Jennifer Harper
Missouri Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Tonya Lohman Jennifer Harper
Missouri Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Tonya Lohman Jennifer Harper
Missouri Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Tonya Lohman Jennifer Harper
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman TJ Murphy
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman TJ Murphy
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2022 $175,000.00 Travis Lutman TJ Murphy
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman TJ Murphy
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman TJ Murphy
Ohio Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Tara Alston General Research
Ohio Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Tara Alston General Research
Ohio Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Tara Alston General Research
Ohio Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Tara Alston General Research
Ohio Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Tara Alston General Research
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Evan Zeiders
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Evan Zeiders
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Evan Zeiders
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Evan Zeiders
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Evan Zeiders
Utah Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens
Utah Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens
Utah Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens
Utah Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens
Utah Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens
Virginia Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Jimmy White Bill Kelsh
Virginia Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Jimmy White Bill Kelsh
Virginia Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Jimmy White Bill Kelsh
Virginia Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Jimmy White Bill Kelsh
Washington State Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin
Washington State Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin
Washington State Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin
Washington State Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin
Washington State Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Evelyn Bromberg
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Evelyn Bromberg
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Evelyn Bromberg
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2023 $50,000.00 Michael Adams Evelyn Bromberg

Study Description

The Aurora program is a partnership of highway agencies which beginning in 1996 collaborate on research, development, and the deployment of road weather information systems to improve the efficiency, safety, and reliability of surface transportation. It is administered by the Iowa DOT and managed by the Center for Weather Impacts on Mobility and Safety (CWIMS) which is housed under InTrans at Iowa State University. Aurora’s initiatives are funded by member agencies to conduct research that serves the needs of its members who meet twice per year to set the agenda for RWIS research, keep informed about progress on program initiatives, and discuss solutions for common in-the-field problems. Newly selected initiatives are led by “champion” member agencies, managed by committees of Aurora members, and funded out of the pooled fund. Aurora works closely with the Federal Highway Administration, having been approved for federal-aid research and development funds without state match using 100 percent SP&R funding. Aurora also has a strong relationship with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and its Snow and Ice Pooled Fund Cooperative Program (SICOP). In addition, Aurora coordinates with the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the National Severe Storm Laboratory, the ITS America, Clear Roads and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Furthermore, Aurora works closely with industry as well as university based research organizations. This forum facilitates the sharing of technological and institutional experiences gained from road weather information system (RWIS) programs conceived and initiated by each participating entity.

Objectives

The cooperative and collaborative objective of the Aurora Program is to promote an efficient use of resources rather than a series of independent initiatives. The synergistic effect of this forum is an accelerated implementation of road weather programs as well as the integration and operationalized use of weather data in transportation management, safety, and in serving progressive levels of connected and automated transportation.

Scope of Work

Aurora members seek to advance road weather information systems (RWIS) to more fully integrate weather data as part of transportation systems operations in terms of readiness and decision making for efficient highway maintenance, operations, and real-time traveler information. Project areas of interest include information dissemination technologies, decision support systems, weather modeling and analysis, equipment evaluations, standards and architecture, road condition monitoring and performance measures as well as other pertinent areas as identified by member agencies. In addition, Aurora is committed to supporting a more connected and automated future for surface transportation.

Comments

Travel: Aurora Board members travel twice per year (spring, fall) to determine new projects for Aurora, vote on proposed projects, and to discuss project status and findings. All travel expenses for members are paid from pooled funds. The Board member or designated representative of each active member agency will be eligible for reimbursement of reasonable costs for travel, including registration fees, accommodation, and sustenance, to attend approved Aurora meetings. Travel costs of attendance at Aurora meetings by others may also be reimbursable in special cases approved in advance by the Aurora Program Administrator or the Executive Board. The Program Administrator and management consultant are charged with coordinating events requiring travel as appropriate to minimize travel costs. Minimum desired annual commitment for each state: The Aurora program activities are supported through income from member agencies ($25,000 per year) as well as in-kind match where approved by the Aurora Executive Board. This cycle of Aurora will cover funding years FY2020 to FY2024. New member states: This pooled fund is always accepting new member states. Please inquire with the Lead Agency Contact noted above to join this effort.

Subjects: Highway Operations, Capacity, and Traffic Control Maintenance

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
Quarterly Report: December 2023 TPF-5(435)_2023_Q4.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: September 2023 TPF-5(435)_2023_Q3.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Research Solutions Brief : Automated Extraction of Weather Variables from Imagery https://publications.iowa.gov/47168/ Study Summary Public
Research Solutions Brief : Roadway Friction Modeling: Improving the Use of Friction Measurements in State DOTs https://publications.iowa.gov/45951/ Study Summary Public
Research in Progress Brief : Standardized Framework for Winter Weather Road Condition Indices https://publications.iowa.gov/47030/ Study Summary Public
Research in Progress Brief : An Intelligent Human-Centric Communication System for Adverse Weather and Road Conditions https://publications.iowa.gov/47032/ Study Summary Public
Quarterly Report: June 2023 TPF-5(435)_2023_Q2.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2023 TPF-5(435)_2023_Q1.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Automated Extraction of Weather Variables from Imagery https://publications.iowa.gov/43937/ Final Report Public
Roadway Friction Modeling: Improving the Use of Friction Measurements in State DOTs https://publications.iowa.gov/43824/ Final Report Public
Quarterly Report: December 2022 TPF-5(435)_2022_Q4.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: September 2022 TPF-5(435)_2022_Q3.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: June 2022 TPF-5(435)_2022_Q2.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2022 TPF-5(435)_2022_Q1.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: December 2021 TPF-5(435)_2021_Q4.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: September 2021 TPF-5(435)_2021_Q3.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: June 2021 TPF-5(435)_2021_Q2.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2021 TPF-5(435)_2021_Q1.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: December 2020 TPF-5(435)_2020_Q4.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: September 2020 TPF-5(435)_2020_Q3_Hans_731 Aurora.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: June 2020 TPF-5(435)_2020_Q2_Hans_731 Aurora.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2020 5(435)_2020_Q1_Hans_731.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
TPF-5(435) Acceptance Letter TPF-5(435) Acceptance Letter.pdf Memorandum Public
Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
SPR-B Waiver Approval Approval of SP&R Waiver Pooled Fund Solicitation #1496.pdf Memorandum Public

Aurora Program (FY20-FY24)

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(435)
Lead Organization: Iowa Department of Transportation
Contract Start Date: Jan 01, 2020
Solicitation Number: 1496
Partners: AK, AZDOT, CA, CO, DE, IADOT, IL, KS, ME, MI, MN, MO, ND, OH, PADOT, UT, VA, WA, WI
Status: Contract signed
Est. Completion Date: Dec 31, 2024
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2024
Contract End Date: Dec 31, 2024
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $2,450,000.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Khyle Clute
Khyle.Clute@iowadot.us
Phone: 515-239-1646
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): David Johnson
david.johnson@dot.gov
Phone: 202- 366-1301
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2020 $25,000.00 Dan Schacher Cristina DeMattio +1 9074515382 Cristina.DeMattio@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2021 $25,000.00 Dan Schacher Cristina DeMattio +1 9074515382 Cristina.DeMattio@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2022 $25,000.00 Dan Schacher Cristina DeMattio +1 9074515382 Cristina.DeMattio@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2023 $25,000.00 Dan Schacher Cristina DeMattio +1 9074515382 Cristina.DeMattio@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2024 $25,000.00 Dan Schacher Cristina DeMattio +1 9074515382 Cristina.DeMattio@alaska.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Kevin Duby Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Kevin Duby Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Kevin Duby Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Kevin Duby Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Kevin Duby Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
California Department of Transportation 2019 $75,000.00 Mohammad Iraki Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Mohammad Iraki Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Mohammad Iraki Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
Colorado Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Nick Barlow David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Nick Barlow David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Nick Barlow David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Nick Barlow David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Nick Barlow David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Delaware Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Jason McCluskey Nicole Johnson 302-760-2092 nicole.johnson@delaware.gov
Delaware Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Jason McCluskey Nicole Johnson 302-760-2092 nicole.johnson@delaware.gov
Delaware Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Jason McCluskey Nicole Johnson 302-760-2092 nicole.johnson@delaware.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley John Senger 217-782-8582 John.Senger@Illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley John Senger 217-782-8582 John.Senger@Illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley John Senger 217-782-8582 John.Senger@Illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley John Senger 217-782-8582 John.Senger@Illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley John Senger 217-782-8582 John.Senger@Illinois.gov
Iowa Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt -- -- -- Transfer.Research@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt -- -- -- Transfer.Research@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt -- -- -- Transfer.Research@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt -- -- -- Transfer.Research@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt -- -- -- Transfer.Research@iowadot.us
Kansas Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Dale Kirmer David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Maine Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Colby Fortier-Brown Dale Peabody 207- 624-3305 Dale.Peabody@maine.gov
Maine Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Colby Fortier-Brown Dale Peabody 207- 624-3305 Dale.Peabody@maine.gov
Maine Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Colby Fortier-Brown Dale Peabody 207- 624-3305 Dale.Peabody@maine.gov
Maine Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Colby Fortier-Brown Dale Peabody 207- 624-3305 Dale.Peabody@maine.gov
Maine Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Colby Fortier-Brown Dale Peabody 207- 624-3305 Dale.Peabody@maine.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Leif Halverson Leif.Halverson@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Leif Halverson Leif.Halverson@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Leif Halverson Leif.Halverson@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Leif Halverson Leif.Halverson@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Leif Halverson Leif.Halverson@state.mn.us
Missouri Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Tonya Lohman Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Tonya Lohman Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Tonya Lohman Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Tonya Lohman Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Tonya Lohman Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman TJ Murphy 701-328-6910 tjmurphy@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman TJ Murphy 701-328-6910 tjmurphy@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2022 $175,000.00 Travis Lutman TJ Murphy 701-328-6910 tjmurphy@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman TJ Murphy 701-328-6910 tjmurphy@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman TJ Murphy 701-328-6910 tjmurphy@nd.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Tara Alston General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Tara Alston General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Tara Alston General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Tara Alston General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Tara Alston General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Evan Zeiders 717-787-8460 evzeiders@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Evan Zeiders 717-787-8460 evzeiders@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Evan Zeiders 717-787-8460 evzeiders@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Evan Zeiders 717-787-8460 evzeiders@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Evan Zeiders 717-787-8460 evzeiders@pa.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Jimmy White Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Jimmy White Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Jimmy White Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Jimmy White Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin 360-705-7972 brodind@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin 360-705-7972 brodind@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin 360-705-7972 brodind@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin 360-705-7972 brodind@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin 360-705-7972 brodind@wsdot.wa.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Evelyn Bromberg 608-267-7360 evelyn.bromberg@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Evelyn Bromberg 608-267-7360 evelyn.bromberg@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Evelyn Bromberg 608-267-7360 evelyn.bromberg@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2023 $50,000.00 Michael Adams Evelyn Bromberg 608-267-7360 evelyn.bromberg@dot.wi.gov

Study Description

Study Description

The Aurora program is a partnership of highway agencies which beginning in 1996 collaborate on research, development, and the deployment of road weather information systems to improve the efficiency, safety, and reliability of surface transportation. It is administered by the Iowa DOT and managed by the Center for Weather Impacts on Mobility and Safety (CWIMS) which is housed under InTrans at Iowa State University. Aurora’s initiatives are funded by member agencies to conduct research that serves the needs of its members who meet twice per year to set the agenda for RWIS research, keep informed about progress on program initiatives, and discuss solutions for common in-the-field problems. Newly selected initiatives are led by “champion” member agencies, managed by committees of Aurora members, and funded out of the pooled fund. Aurora works closely with the Federal Highway Administration, having been approved for federal-aid research and development funds without state match using 100 percent SP&R funding. Aurora also has a strong relationship with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and its Snow and Ice Pooled Fund Cooperative Program (SICOP). In addition, Aurora coordinates with the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the National Severe Storm Laboratory, the ITS America, Clear Roads and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Furthermore, Aurora works closely with industry as well as university based research organizations. This forum facilitates the sharing of technological and institutional experiences gained from road weather information system (RWIS) programs conceived and initiated by each participating entity.

Objectives

The cooperative and collaborative objective of the Aurora Program is to promote an efficient use of resources rather than a series of independent initiatives. The synergistic effect of this forum is an accelerated implementation of road weather programs as well as the integration and operationalized use of weather data in transportation management, safety, and in serving progressive levels of connected and automated transportation.

Scope of Work

Aurora members seek to advance road weather information systems (RWIS) to more fully integrate weather data as part of transportation systems operations in terms of readiness and decision making for efficient highway maintenance, operations, and real-time traveler information. Project areas of interest include information dissemination technologies, decision support systems, weather modeling and analysis, equipment evaluations, standards and architecture, road condition monitoring and performance measures as well as other pertinent areas as identified by member agencies. In addition, Aurora is committed to supporting a more connected and automated future for surface transportation.

Comments

Travel: Aurora Board members travel twice per year (spring, fall) to determine new projects for Aurora, vote on proposed projects, and to discuss project status and findings. All travel expenses for members are paid from pooled funds. The Board member or designated representative of each active member agency will be eligible for reimbursement of reasonable costs for travel, including registration fees, accommodation, and sustenance, to attend approved Aurora meetings. Travel costs of attendance at Aurora meetings by others may also be reimbursable in special cases approved in advance by the Aurora Program Administrator or the Executive Board. The Program Administrator and management consultant are charged with coordinating events requiring travel as appropriate to minimize travel costs. Minimum desired annual commitment for each state: The Aurora program activities are supported through income from member agencies ($25,000 per year) as well as in-kind match where approved by the Aurora Executive Board. This cycle of Aurora will cover funding years FY2020 to FY2024. New member states: This pooled fund is always accepting new member states. Please inquire with the Lead Agency Contact noted above to join this effort.

Subjects: Highway Operations, Capacity, and Traffic Control Maintenance

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Roadway Friction Modeling: Improving the Use of Friction Measurements in State DOTs Final Report Public
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