Pavement Surface Properties Consortium: Phase III - Managing the Pavement Properties for Improved Safety

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(463)
Lead Organization: Virginia Department of Transportation
Solicitation Number: 1535
Partners: CT, FHWA, IL, KS, KY, MDOT SHA, MS, OH, PADOT, SC, TX, VA
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Oct 22, 2021
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $1,000,000.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Kevin McGhee
Kevin.McGhee@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Phone: 434-293-1956
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Andy Mergenmeier
andy.mergenmeier@dot.gov
Phone: 667.239.0879
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Connecticut Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Steve Norton Melanie Zimyeski (860)594-2144 Melanie.Zimyeski@ct.gov
Connecticut Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Steve Norton Melanie Zimyeski (860)594-2144 Melanie.Zimyeski@ct.gov
Connecticut Department of Transportation 2023 $20,000.00 Steve Norton Melanie Zimyeski (860)594-2144 Melanie.Zimyeski@ct.gov
Connecticut Department of Transportation 2024 $20,000.00 Steve Norton Melanie Zimyeski (860)594-2144 Melanie.Zimyeski@ct.gov
Connecticut Department of Transportation 2025 $20,000.00 Steve Norton Melanie Zimyeski (860)594-2144 Melanie.Zimyeski@ct.gov
Federal Highway Administration 2021 $60,000.00 Andy Mergenmeier Andy Mergenmeier 667.239.0879 andy.mergenmeier@dot.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 John Senger Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2023 $20,000.00 John Senger Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2024 $20,000.00 John Senger Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2025 $20,000.00 John Senger Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2026 $20,000.00 John Senger Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Rick Miller David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Rick Miller David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2021 $20,000.00 Mike Vaughn Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2022 $20,000.00 Mike Vaughn Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2023 $20,000.00 Mike Vaughn Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2024 $20,000.00 Mike Vaughn Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2025 $20,000.00 Mike Vaughn Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2021 $20,000.00 Ralph Smith Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2022 $20,000.00 Ralph Smith Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2023 $20,000.00 Ralph Smith Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2024 $20,000.00 Ralph Smith Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2025 $20,000.00 Ralph Smith Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Mark Thomas Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Mark Thomas Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2023 $20,000.00 Mark Thomas Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2024 $20,000.00 Mark Thomas Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2025 $20,000.00 Mark Thomas Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Charles Slone General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2023 $20,000.00 Charles Slone General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Octavio Acevedo Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Octavio Acevedo Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2023 $20,000.00 Octavio Acevedo Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Luke Gibson Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Luke Gibson Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2023 $20,000.00 Luke Gibson Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2024 $20,000.00 Luke Gibson Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2025 $20,000.00 Luke Gibson Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
Texas Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Jenny Li Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Jenny Li Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2023 $20,000.00 Jenny Li Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2024 $20,000.00 Jenny Li Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2025 $20,000.00 Jenny Li Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Kevin McGhee Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Kevin McGhee Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2023 $20,000.00 Kevin McGhee Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2024 $20,000.00 Kevin McGhee Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2025 $20,000.00 Kevin McGhee Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov

Study Description

Functional pavement considerations are fundamental to the performance and management of pavements. In addition to structural and durability requirements, an optimum wearing surface should provide a combination of a good riding quality, adequate friction & water handling capability, and a low noise level. All these properties are highly influenced by the various components of the pavement surface texture. Previous phases of the program demonstrated that a collaborative research program can provide an accessible and efficient way for highway agencies and other organizations to conduct research on pavement surface properties. The collaboration helped the participating agencies explore new technologies, verify the operation and accuracy of the equipment currently used for evaluating pavement function, and enhance the methodology developed by FHWA for developing and implementing proactive friction management programs.

Objectives

The mission of the Surface Properties Consortium has been to conduct applied research focused on enhancing the level of service provided by the roadway transportation system by optimizing pavement surface characteristics.

Phase I [TPF-5(141)] included regular verification and validation of the participants’ equipment, opportunities for technology transfer, and the accumulation of a significant body of knowledge on the measurement of pavement surface properties. Phase II [TPF-5(345)] continued to support the members’ effort to produce high-quality surface properties measurements, but focused mainly on emerging friction and macrotexture measurement technologies and the integration of these measurements into the next generation of pavement asset management systems. Practical and tangible results were well documented and disseminated.

The focus of Phase III will be on continuing to support the implementation of asset management approaches and tools that help improve the safety of our road networks by reducing the number of crashes and related fatalities. It will represent a concerted effort to bring pavement design and evaluation experts together with maintenance and safety professionals to maximize the contribution of the pavement community Towards Zero Deaths on US highways. It will also seek participation of industry through the pooled-fund or an industrial affiliate program.

Scope of Work

Within this new focus, the consortium will continue to host equipment rodeos with more focus on measuring safety-related characteristics of the highway surface and understanding how they affect crash risk. The rodeos provide a valuable opportunity for the verification and calibration of the equipment, as well as to explore specific questions through carefully designed experiments. The annual gatherings also provide a forum for discussion of common challenges, a unique opportunity to seek solutions for these challenges, learn from each other, and be exposed to emerging practices and technologies.

The consortium researchers will help plan and conduct experiments associated with the annual equipment rodeos. They will also support the members with evaluation, enhancement if necessary, and demonstration of emerging technologies. Additional support may include help with pilot programs, equipment loans, and development of specifications for the acquisition of equipment or services.

The consortium will also provide support for developing and deploying pilot pavement friction management programs (PFMP), which can be integrated into the agencies asset and performance management process. This will support the implementation of the MAP-21 requirements.

Comments

For the core functions of the consortium, we are seeking at least 8 to 10 partners at a contribution level of $20k per year (more partners would be welcome). We likewise anticipate programming for a 5-year timeframe.

Some specific benefits of participating in the consortium include:

• Core program and significant physical resources already in-place. Operation costs shared by many.

• Consortium participants have priority and free access to the facility during the pre-accorded dates.

• Consortium participants will select key areas of program emphasis, as well as specific research projects.

• Workforce development - scientists/engineers trained on pavement surface properties through master’s and doctoral thesis funded through the consortium.

• Yearly attendance to the annual Road Profiler Users’ Group (RPUG) meeting, including simplification of the travel procedure for state travelers.

Agencies interested in demonstrations of CFME, evaluation of the effectiveness of friction improvement treatments, and/or development of pilot pavement friction management programs in their states will be expected to contribute additional resources to support the data collection and analysis. For example, a 2,000 mile demonstration would require $200-250k of additional funding for data collection and analysis.

Subjects: Maintenance Pavement Design, Management, and Performance

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
Lead State Acceptance Memo TPF-5(463) Lead State Acceptance Memo TPF-5(463).pdf Memorandum Public
Approved Waiver Memo SPR Waiver Memo Solicitation#1535.Signature.pdf Memorandum Public
Quarter 3 2021 Progress Report TPF-5(463) Surface Properties Phase III - Q3 2021.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public

Pavement Surface Properties Consortium: Phase III - Managing the Pavement Properties for Improved Safety

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(463)
Lead Organization: Virginia Department of Transportation
Solicitation Number: 1535
Partners: CT, FHWA, IL, KS, KY, MDOT SHA, MS, OH, PADOT, SC, TX, VA
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Oct 22, 2021
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $1,000,000.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Kevin McGhee
Kevin.McGhee@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Phone: 434-293-1956
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Andy Mergenmeier
andy.mergenmeier@dot.gov
Phone: 667.239.0879
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Connecticut Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Steve Norton Melanie Zimyeski (860)594-2144 Melanie.Zimyeski@ct.gov
Connecticut Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Steve Norton Melanie Zimyeski (860)594-2144 Melanie.Zimyeski@ct.gov
Connecticut Department of Transportation 2023 $20,000.00 Steve Norton Melanie Zimyeski (860)594-2144 Melanie.Zimyeski@ct.gov
Connecticut Department of Transportation 2024 $20,000.00 Steve Norton Melanie Zimyeski (860)594-2144 Melanie.Zimyeski@ct.gov
Connecticut Department of Transportation 2025 $20,000.00 Steve Norton Melanie Zimyeski (860)594-2144 Melanie.Zimyeski@ct.gov
Federal Highway Administration 2021 $60,000.00 Andy Mergenmeier Andy Mergenmeier 667.239.0879 andy.mergenmeier@dot.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 John Senger Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2023 $20,000.00 John Senger Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2024 $20,000.00 John Senger Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2025 $20,000.00 John Senger Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2026 $20,000.00 John Senger Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Rick Miller David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Rick Miller David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2021 $20,000.00 Mike Vaughn Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2022 $20,000.00 Mike Vaughn Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2023 $20,000.00 Mike Vaughn Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2024 $20,000.00 Mike Vaughn Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2025 $20,000.00 Mike Vaughn Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2021 $20,000.00 Ralph Smith Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2022 $20,000.00 Ralph Smith Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2023 $20,000.00 Ralph Smith Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2024 $20,000.00 Ralph Smith Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2025 $20,000.00 Ralph Smith Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Mark Thomas Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Mark Thomas Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2023 $20,000.00 Mark Thomas Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2024 $20,000.00 Mark Thomas Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2025 $20,000.00 Mark Thomas Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Charles Slone General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2023 $20,000.00 Charles Slone General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Octavio Acevedo Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Octavio Acevedo Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2023 $20,000.00 Octavio Acevedo Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Luke Gibson Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Luke Gibson Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2023 $20,000.00 Luke Gibson Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2024 $20,000.00 Luke Gibson Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2025 $20,000.00 Luke Gibson Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
Texas Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Jenny Li Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Jenny Li Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2023 $20,000.00 Jenny Li Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2024 $20,000.00 Jenny Li Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2025 $20,000.00 Jenny Li Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2021 $20,000.00 Kevin McGhee Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2022 $20,000.00 Kevin McGhee Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2023 $20,000.00 Kevin McGhee Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2024 $20,000.00 Kevin McGhee Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2025 $20,000.00 Kevin McGhee Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov

Study Description

Study Description

Functional pavement considerations are fundamental to the performance and management of pavements. In addition to structural and durability requirements, an optimum wearing surface should provide a combination of a good riding quality, adequate friction & water handling capability, and a low noise level. All these properties are highly influenced by the various components of the pavement surface texture. Previous phases of the program demonstrated that a collaborative research program can provide an accessible and efficient way for highway agencies and other organizations to conduct research on pavement surface properties. The collaboration helped the participating agencies explore new technologies, verify the operation and accuracy of the equipment currently used for evaluating pavement function, and enhance the methodology developed by FHWA for developing and implementing proactive friction management programs.

Objectives

The mission of the Surface Properties Consortium has been to conduct applied research focused on enhancing the level of service provided by the roadway transportation system by optimizing pavement surface characteristics.

Phase I [TPF-5(141)] included regular verification and validation of the participants’ equipment, opportunities for technology transfer, and the accumulation of a significant body of knowledge on the measurement of pavement surface properties. Phase II [TPF-5(345)] continued to support the members’ effort to produce high-quality surface properties measurements, but focused mainly on emerging friction and macrotexture measurement technologies and the integration of these measurements into the next generation of pavement asset management systems. Practical and tangible results were well documented and disseminated.

The focus of Phase III will be on continuing to support the implementation of asset management approaches and tools that help improve the safety of our road networks by reducing the number of crashes and related fatalities. It will represent a concerted effort to bring pavement design and evaluation experts together with maintenance and safety professionals to maximize the contribution of the pavement community Towards Zero Deaths on US highways. It will also seek participation of industry through the pooled-fund or an industrial affiliate program.

Scope of Work

Within this new focus, the consortium will continue to host equipment rodeos with more focus on measuring safety-related characteristics of the highway surface and understanding how they affect crash risk. The rodeos provide a valuable opportunity for the verification and calibration of the equipment, as well as to explore specific questions through carefully designed experiments. The annual gatherings also provide a forum for discussion of common challenges, a unique opportunity to seek solutions for these challenges, learn from each other, and be exposed to emerging practices and technologies.

The consortium researchers will help plan and conduct experiments associated with the annual equipment rodeos. They will also support the members with evaluation, enhancement if necessary, and demonstration of emerging technologies. Additional support may include help with pilot programs, equipment loans, and development of specifications for the acquisition of equipment or services.

The consortium will also provide support for developing and deploying pilot pavement friction management programs (PFMP), which can be integrated into the agencies asset and performance management process. This will support the implementation of the MAP-21 requirements.

Comments

For the core functions of the consortium, we are seeking at least 8 to 10 partners at a contribution level of $20k per year (more partners would be welcome). We likewise anticipate programming for a 5-year timeframe.

Some specific benefits of participating in the consortium include:

• Core program and significant physical resources already in-place. Operation costs shared by many.

• Consortium participants have priority and free access to the facility during the pre-accorded dates.

• Consortium participants will select key areas of program emphasis, as well as specific research projects.

• Workforce development - scientists/engineers trained on pavement surface properties through master’s and doctoral thesis funded through the consortium.

• Yearly attendance to the annual Road Profiler Users’ Group (RPUG) meeting, including simplification of the travel procedure for state travelers.

Agencies interested in demonstrations of CFME, evaluation of the effectiveness of friction improvement treatments, and/or development of pilot pavement friction management programs in their states will be expected to contribute additional resources to support the data collection and analysis. For example, a 2,000 mile demonstration would require $200-250k of additional funding for data collection and analysis.

Subjects: Maintenance Pavement Design, Management, and Performance

Title File/Link Type Private
Lead State Acceptance Memo TPF-5(463) Lead State Acceptance Memo TPF-5(463).pdf Memorandum Public
Approved Waiver Memo SPR Waiver Memo Solicitation#1535.Signature.pdf Memorandum Public
Quarter 3 2021 Progress Report TPF-5(463) Surface Properties Phase III - Q3 2021.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public

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