National Road Research Alliance - NRRA (Phase-II)

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(466)
Former Study Number: TPF-5(341)
Lead Organization: Minnesota Department of Transportation
Contract Start Date: Feb 01, 2021
Solicitation Number: 1531
Partners: CA, FHWA, GADOT, IADOT, ID, IL, Local Road Research Board (LRRB), MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NY, WI
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date: Jan 31, 2026
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: May 17, 2024
Contract End Date: Jan 31, 2026
Financial Summary
Contract Amount: $5,000,000.00
Suggested Contribution:
Total Commitments Received: $6,375,000.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Ben Worel
ben.worel@state.mn.us
Phone: 7633812130
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Stephen Cooper
Stephen.J.Cooper@dot.gov
Phone: 443-257-7145
Study Champion(s): Ben Worel
ben.worel@state.mn.us
Phone: 7633812130
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name
California Department of Transportation 2022 $150,000.00 Raghubar Shrestha Sang Le
California Department of Transportation 2023 $150,000.00 Raghubar Shrestha Sang Le
California Department of Transportation 2024 $300,000.00 Raghubar Shrestha Sang Le
California Department of Transportation 2025 $0.00 Raghubar Shrestha Sang Le
Federal Highway Administration 2021 $300,000.00 Stephen Cooper Brittany Washington
Georgia Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Jacob Walker Brennan Roney
Georgia Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Jacob Walker Brennan Roney
Georgia Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Jacob Walker Brennan Roney
Georgia Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 Jacob Walker Brennan Roney
Idaho Department of Transportation 2024 $75,000.00 Mike Copeland Ned Parrish
Idaho Department of Transportation 2025 $75,000.00 Mike Copeland Ned Parrish
Illinois Department of Transportation 2021 $0.00 Charles Wienrank John Senger
Illinois Department of Transportation 2022 $150,000.00 Charles Wienrank John Senger
Illinois Department of Transportation 2023 $150,000.00 Charles Wienrank John Senger
Illinois Department of Transportation 2024 $150,000.00 Charles Wienrank John Senger
Illinois Department of Transportation 2025 $150,000.00 Charles Wienrank John Senger
Illinois Department of Transportation 2026 $150,000.00 Charles Wienrank John Senger
Iowa Department of Transportation 2023 $75,000.00 Jeff De Vries -- --
Iowa Department of Transportation 2024 $150,000.00 Jeff De Vries -- --
Iowa Department of Transportation 2025 $150,000.00 Jeff De Vries -- --
Local Road Research Board $0.00
Michigan Department of Transportation 2021 $150,000.00 Kevin Kennedy Andre' Clover
Michigan Department of Transportation 2022 $150,000.00 Kevin Kennedy Andre' Clover
Michigan Department of Transportation 2023 $150,000.00 Kevin Kennedy Andre' Clover
Michigan Department of Transportation 2024 $150,000.00 Kevin Kennedy Andre' Clover
Michigan Department of Transportation 2025 $150,000.00 Kevin Kennedy Andre' Clover
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2021 $150,000.00 Ben Worel Leif Halverson
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2022 $150,000.00 Ben Worel Leif Halverson
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2023 $150,000.00 Ben Worel Leif Halverson
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2024 $150,000.00 Ben Worel Leif Halverson
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2025 $150,000.00 Ben Worel Leif Halverson
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2021 $75,000.00 Cindy Smith Robert Vance
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2022 $75,000.00 Cindy Smith Robert Vance
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2023 $75,000.00 Cindy Smith Robert Vance
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2024 $75,000.00 Cindy Smith Robert Vance
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2025 $75,000.00 Cindy Smith Robert Vance
Missouri Department of Transportation 2021 $150,000.00 Jacob Graessle Jennifer Harper
Missouri Department of Transportation 2022 $150,000.00 Jacob Graessle Jennifer Harper
Missouri Department of Transportation 2023 $150,000.00 Jacob Graessle Jennifer Harper
Missouri Department of Transportation 2024 $150,000.00 Jacob Graessle Jennifer Harper
Missouri Department of Transportation 2025 $150,000.00 Jacob Graessle Jennifer Harper
Montana Department of Transportation 2023 $75,000.00 Oak Metcalfe Rebecca Ridenour
Montana Department of Transportation 2024 $75,000.00 Oak Metcalfe Rebecca Ridenour
Montana Department of Transportation 2025 $75,000.00 Oak Metcalfe Rebecca Ridenour
Nebraska Department of Transportation 2023 $75,000.00 Wallace Heyen Mark Fischer
Nebraska Department of Transportation 2024 $75,000.00 Wallace Heyen Mark Fischer
New York State Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Thomas Kane Gail Carpenter
New York State Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Thomas Kane Gail Carpenter
New York State Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Thomas Kane Gail Carpenter
New York State Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Thomas Kane Gail Carpenter
New York State Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 Thomas Kane Gail Carpenter
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2021 $75,000.00 Amy Beise TJ Murphy
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2022 $75,000.00 Amy Beise TJ Murphy
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2023 $75,000.00 Amy Beise TJ Murphy
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2024 $75,000.00 Amy Beise TJ Murphy
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2025 $75,000.00 Amy Beise TJ Murphy
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2021 $150,000.00 Barry Paye Evelyn Bromberg
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2022 $150,000.00 Barry Paye Evelyn Bromberg
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2023 $300,000.00 Barry Paye Evelyn Bromberg

Study Description

This solicitation is for the continuation of the National Road Research Alliance for another 5 years and to combine efforts with a Veda pooled fund to increase efficiency and effectiveness of both efforts. NRRA Phase-I TPF-5(341) National Road Research Alliance - NRRA (February 2016 – February 2021) Veta Development TPF-5(334) Enhancement to the Intelligent Construction Data Management System (Veta) and Implementation. Study efforts will be added to NRRA “ICT” team. (December 2019 to December 2020) NRRA Phase-II Pooled fund solicitation to continue efforts currently underway, push new initiatives and implementation. (January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2025) The NRRA exists to strategically implement cooperative pavement research. State agencies, industry, academia, consultants and associations work together to identify problems, complete research projects and implement results. Our goal is to help agencies nationwide achieve consistent benefits from real world road research. It also seeks to provide members a forum to discuss issues and an outdoor, real-world laboratory (MnROAD) for evaluating cutting-edge pavement technologies. The NRRA consists of five project teams: Flexible, Rigid, Geotechnical, Intelligent Construction Technologies, and Preventive Maintenance and is governed by an Executive Committee made up of two representatives from each government agency participating in the study. Each team activities include prioritization of short and long-term research, development of long-term research test sections at MnROAD and providing input for technology transfer. NRRA is made of the following team structure. Full listing of the teams projects can be found in the word document attached to this solicitation.: NRRA Executive Committee (Chair – Glenn Engstrom/Minnesota DOT) The executive committee governs the pooled fund and oversees all the NRRA team’s efforts and direction. This structure, designed to foster innovation and develop implementable products for road owners, ensures high quality, relevant products based on the latest technology. Intelligent Construction Technologies (ICT) Team (Chair – Rebecca Embacher/Minnesota DOT) The Intelligent Construction Technologies (ICT) team is comprised of technical experts in the area of ICT. ICT includes innovative technologies for planning, design, construction, real-time quality control / monitoring, and management for the life-cycle of infrastructure construction. Flexible Team (Chair – Dan Oesch/Missouri DOT) The flexible team is comprised of technical experts in the area of new and rehabilitation of asphalt roadways. Full listing of the teams project can be found in the word document attached to this solicitation. Rigid Team (Chair – Brett Trautman/Missouri DOT) The rigid team is comprised of technical experts in the areas of new and rehabilitation of concrete roadways. Activities include prioritization of short- and long-term research, development of long-term research test sections. Geotechnical Team (Chair – Terry Beaudry/Minnesota DOT) The geotechnical team is comprised of technical experts in the area of unbound materials found under pavement surfaces. Preventive Maintenance Team (Chair – Jerry Geib/Minnesota DOT) The preventive maintenance team is comprised of technical experts in the area maintenance of concrete and asphalt roadways.

Objectives

Primary objectives of the National Road Research Alliance (NRRA Phase-II) are: • Implementation and technology transfer of NRRA Phase-I research efforts and other common interests; • Continue to fund and support research and implementation efforts of common interest; • Continue the communication with both its government agencies along with its associate members (industry, associations, consultants, academia); • Continued utilization of MNROAD to conduct structured construction, field testing and evaluation of pavement materials, equipment and methods under real-world conditions; • Establish industry standards and develop performance measure for improving pavement performance; • Develop and/or revise specifications and recommendations; • Studying and promoting innovative techniques and technologies that will save agencies money, improve safety and increase efficiency; • Supporting technology transfer by developing practical field guides, best practices, and training curriculum to promote the results of research projects; • Conduct cost-benefit analysis to ensure that new technologies, materials or methods contribute to operational efficiencies; • Support the exchange of information and ideas through collaborative research efforts that provide opportunities for public agencies to share experiences. • Identify and prioritize common road related research needs to address regional and national issues that are built on existing efforts such as FHWA’s PCC and HMA Roadmaps as well as the Foundation for Pavement Preservation Roadmap; • Fund high priority, readily implementable research projects though research contracts and university partnerships; • Leverage knowledge, skills, and resources from participating partners to advances pavement research and implementation efforts while developing the workforce of the future. Support technology transfer that highlights the implementation of research results and the associated benefits.

Scope of Work

The scope of work for this pooled fund project is: • Members provide the prioritized research needs, project development and design by way of the research project teams; • Members provide funding for high priority, readily implementable research projects; • Members receive timely results on NRRA research projects through communication products that emphasize lessons learned and implementation; • Assistance in putting research results into practice through technology transfer events; • NRRA members support committees that meet periodically throughout the year to determine priorities, develop strategies to address the priorities, and execute action plans;

Comments

NRRA members help shape research and MnROAD research program by guiding the selection of research projects, disseminating research results, and helping agencies implement results. NRRA will be also incorporating the Veta pooled fund as shown in the three memberships available: Government Agency (Full) Members (2 tiers, based on state’s allotted SPR $) Members have a seat of the executive committee and all research teams. The executive committee executes decision-making about MnROAD construction and research objectives, determine budgets and timelines, and select and participate in project teams. Membership includes travel funding for NRRA meetings and conferences. • State SPR larger than MN ($150k/yr) • State SPR smaller than MN ($75k/yr) Government Agency (ICT Team Only) Members (25K/yr) Members have a seat on the ICT technical team only and the funding provided will be directed to that effort. This option allows past Veta pooled fund members join NRRA and continue their efforts at the same costs as before. (Example - Minnesota joins NRRA at 150K/yr and will have access to all NRRA and ICT team (includes veta) but say another state only wants veta activities then they would pay $25K/yr but they could only be in that team - not full NRRA) Associate Members ($2k/yr) Provide expertise throughout the research process by giving input on long-term technology trends, identifying innovative solutions to research problems, and determining the viability of research results by actively participating in projects. Members also have an opportunity to provide materials for testing and to propose design approaches based on field experience. Academia benefits include research and data analysis opportunities to support faculty sabbaticals and student projects. Requesting Funding Current NRRA#1 – FY16,17,18,19,20 (5 years) Future NRRA#2 - FY21, 22, 23, 24, 25 (5 years) Please visit the project page at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/mnroad/partners/index.html for

Subjects: Maintenance Materials and Construction Pavement Design, Management, and Performance Soils, Geology, and Foundations

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Document Category Document Type Privacy Document Date Download
TPF-5(341) Phase-I and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2024-Q1) TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2024-Q1).pdf Progress Report Quarterly Progress Report Public 2024-05-17
TPF-5(341) Phase-I and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2023-Q4) TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2023-Q4).pdf Progress Report Quarterly Progress Report Public 2024-02-08
TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2023-Q3).pdf TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2023-Q3).pdf Progress Report Quarterly Progress Report Public 2023-11-01
TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2023-Q2).pdf TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2023-Q2).pdf Progress Report Quarterly Progress Report Public 2023-08-31
TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2022-Q4).pdf TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2022-Q4).pdf Progress Report Quarterly Progress Report Public 2023-02-06
TPF-5(341) Phase-I and TPF-5(466) NRRA Quarterly Report (2022-Q2) TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2022-Q2).pdf Progress Report Quarterly Progress Report Public 2022-09-23
NRRA Quarterly Report (2021-Q4) TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2021-Q4).pdf Progress Report Quarterly Progress Report Public 2022-02-14
NRRA Quarterly Report (2021-Q3) TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2021-Q3).pdf Progress Report Quarterly Progress Report Public 2021-11-22
NRRA Quarterly Report (2021-Q2) TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2021-Q2).pdf Progress Report Quarterly Progress Report Public 2021-09-21
NRRA Phase-II Study Background NRRA Phase 2 Info.pdf TPF Study Documentation Study Summary Public 2021-03-01
NRRA Veta Phase-II Activities NRRA Veta Phase II Activities 03.01.21.pdf TPF Study Documentation Study Summary Public 2021-03-01
NRRA Veta Benefits NRRA Veta Web Benefits-MDMS 03.01.21.pdf TPF Study Documentation Study Summary Public 2021-03-01
Acceptance Letter TPF-5(466) Acceptance letter.pdf Memorandum Other Public 2020-12-29
Documents Attached
Title File/Link Document Category Document Type Privacy Document Date Download
Approved Waiver Memo Approval of SPR Waiver Pooled Fund Solicitation1531.pdf Memorandum Other Public 2020-11-12
NRRA Phase-2 Solicitation Document (April 7 2020) NRRA Phase-2 Solicitation (April 7 2020).docx TPF Study Documentation Solicitation Public 2020-04-22

National Road Research Alliance - NRRA (Phase-II)

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(466)
Lead Organization: Minnesota Department of Transportation
Contract Start Date: Feb 01, 2021
Solicitation Number: 1531
Partners: CA, FHWA, GADOT, IADOT, ID, IL, Local Road Research Board (LRRB), MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NY, WI
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date: Jan 31, 2026
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: May 17, 2024
Contract End Date: Jan 31, 2026
Financial Summary
Contract Amount: $5,000,000.00
Total Commitments Received: $6,375,000.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Ben Worel
ben.worel@state.mn.us
Phone: 7633812130
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Stephen Cooper
Stephen.J.Cooper@dot.gov
Phone: 443-257-7145
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
California Department of Transportation 2022 $150,000.00 Raghubar Shrestha Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2023 $150,000.00 Raghubar Shrestha Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2024 $300,000.00 Raghubar Shrestha Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2025 $0.00 Raghubar Shrestha Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
Federal Highway Administration 2021 $300,000.00 Stephen Cooper Brittany Washington brittany.washington@dot.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Jacob Walker Brennan Roney 404-347-0595 broney@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Jacob Walker Brennan Roney 404-347-0595 broney@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Jacob Walker Brennan Roney 404-347-0595 broney@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 Jacob Walker Brennan Roney 404-347-0595 broney@dot.ga.gov
Idaho Department of Transportation 2024 $75,000.00 Mike Copeland Ned Parrish 208-334-8296 ned.parrish@itd.idaho.gov
Idaho Department of Transportation 2025 $75,000.00 Mike Copeland Ned Parrish 208-334-8296 ned.parrish@itd.idaho.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2021 $0.00 Charles Wienrank John Senger 217-782-8582 John.Senger@Illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2022 $150,000.00 Charles Wienrank John Senger 217-782-8582 John.Senger@Illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2023 $150,000.00 Charles Wienrank John Senger 217-782-8582 John.Senger@Illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2024 $150,000.00 Charles Wienrank John Senger 217-782-8582 John.Senger@Illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2025 $150,000.00 Charles Wienrank John Senger 217-782-8582 John.Senger@Illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2026 $150,000.00 Charles Wienrank John Senger 217-782-8582 John.Senger@Illinois.gov
Iowa Department of Transportation 2023 $75,000.00 Jeff De Vries -- -- -- Transfer.Research@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2024 $150,000.00 Jeff De Vries -- -- -- Transfer.Research@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2025 $150,000.00 Jeff De Vries -- -- -- Transfer.Research@iowadot.us
Michigan Department of Transportation 2021 $150,000.00 Kevin Kennedy Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2022 $150,000.00 Kevin Kennedy Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2023 $150,000.00 Kevin Kennedy Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2024 $150,000.00 Kevin Kennedy Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2025 $150,000.00 Kevin Kennedy Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2021 $150,000.00 Ben Worel Leif Halverson Leif.Halverson@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2022 $150,000.00 Ben Worel Leif Halverson Leif.Halverson@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2023 $150,000.00 Ben Worel Leif Halverson Leif.Halverson@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2024 $150,000.00 Ben Worel Leif Halverson Leif.Halverson@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2025 $150,000.00 Ben Worel Leif Halverson Leif.Halverson@state.mn.us
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2021 $75,000.00 Cindy Smith Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2022 $75,000.00 Cindy Smith Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2023 $75,000.00 Cindy Smith Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2024 $75,000.00 Cindy Smith Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2025 $75,000.00 Cindy Smith Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2021 $150,000.00 Jacob Graessle Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2022 $150,000.00 Jacob Graessle Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2023 $150,000.00 Jacob Graessle Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2024 $150,000.00 Jacob Graessle Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2025 $150,000.00 Jacob Graessle Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Montana Department of Transportation 2023 $75,000.00 Oak Metcalfe Rebecca Ridenour (406)444-7203 rridenour@mt.gov
Montana Department of Transportation 2024 $75,000.00 Oak Metcalfe Rebecca Ridenour (406)444-7203 rridenour@mt.gov
Montana Department of Transportation 2025 $75,000.00 Oak Metcalfe Rebecca Ridenour (406)444-7203 rridenour@mt.gov
Nebraska Department of Transportation 2023 $75,000.00 Wallace Heyen Mark Fischer (402) 479-3163 Mark.fischer@nebraska.gov
Nebraska Department of Transportation 2024 $75,000.00 Wallace Heyen Mark Fischer (402) 479-3163 Mark.fischer@nebraska.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Thomas Kane Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Thomas Kane Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Thomas Kane Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Thomas Kane Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 Thomas Kane Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2021 $75,000.00 Amy Beise TJ Murphy 701-328-6910 tjmurphy@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2022 $75,000.00 Amy Beise TJ Murphy 701-328-6910 tjmurphy@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2023 $75,000.00 Amy Beise TJ Murphy 701-328-6910 tjmurphy@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2024 $75,000.00 Amy Beise TJ Murphy 701-328-6910 tjmurphy@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2025 $75,000.00 Amy Beise TJ Murphy 701-328-6910 tjmurphy@nd.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2021 $150,000.00 Barry Paye Evelyn Bromberg 608-267-7360 evelyn.bromberg@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2022 $150,000.00 Barry Paye Evelyn Bromberg 608-267-7360 evelyn.bromberg@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2023 $300,000.00 Barry Paye Evelyn Bromberg 608-267-7360 evelyn.bromberg@dot.wi.gov

Study Description

Study Description

This solicitation is for the continuation of the National Road Research Alliance for another 5 years and to combine efforts with a Veda pooled fund to increase efficiency and effectiveness of both efforts. NRRA Phase-I TPF-5(341) National Road Research Alliance - NRRA (February 2016 – February 2021) Veta Development TPF-5(334) Enhancement to the Intelligent Construction Data Management System (Veta) and Implementation. Study efforts will be added to NRRA “ICT” team. (December 2019 to December 2020) NRRA Phase-II Pooled fund solicitation to continue efforts currently underway, push new initiatives and implementation. (January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2025) The NRRA exists to strategically implement cooperative pavement research. State agencies, industry, academia, consultants and associations work together to identify problems, complete research projects and implement results. Our goal is to help agencies nationwide achieve consistent benefits from real world road research. It also seeks to provide members a forum to discuss issues and an outdoor, real-world laboratory (MnROAD) for evaluating cutting-edge pavement technologies. The NRRA consists of five project teams: Flexible, Rigid, Geotechnical, Intelligent Construction Technologies, and Preventive Maintenance and is governed by an Executive Committee made up of two representatives from each government agency participating in the study. Each team activities include prioritization of short and long-term research, development of long-term research test sections at MnROAD and providing input for technology transfer. NRRA is made of the following team structure. Full listing of the teams projects can be found in the word document attached to this solicitation.: NRRA Executive Committee (Chair – Glenn Engstrom/Minnesota DOT) The executive committee governs the pooled fund and oversees all the NRRA team’s efforts and direction. This structure, designed to foster innovation and develop implementable products for road owners, ensures high quality, relevant products based on the latest technology. Intelligent Construction Technologies (ICT) Team (Chair – Rebecca Embacher/Minnesota DOT) The Intelligent Construction Technologies (ICT) team is comprised of technical experts in the area of ICT. ICT includes innovative technologies for planning, design, construction, real-time quality control / monitoring, and management for the life-cycle of infrastructure construction. Flexible Team (Chair – Dan Oesch/Missouri DOT) The flexible team is comprised of technical experts in the area of new and rehabilitation of asphalt roadways. Full listing of the teams project can be found in the word document attached to this solicitation. Rigid Team (Chair – Brett Trautman/Missouri DOT) The rigid team is comprised of technical experts in the areas of new and rehabilitation of concrete roadways. Activities include prioritization of short- and long-term research, development of long-term research test sections. Geotechnical Team (Chair – Terry Beaudry/Minnesota DOT) The geotechnical team is comprised of technical experts in the area of unbound materials found under pavement surfaces. Preventive Maintenance Team (Chair – Jerry Geib/Minnesota DOT) The preventive maintenance team is comprised of technical experts in the area maintenance of concrete and asphalt roadways.

Objectives

Primary objectives of the National Road Research Alliance (NRRA Phase-II) are: • Implementation and technology transfer of NRRA Phase-I research efforts and other common interests; • Continue to fund and support research and implementation efforts of common interest; • Continue the communication with both its government agencies along with its associate members (industry, associations, consultants, academia); • Continued utilization of MNROAD to conduct structured construction, field testing and evaluation of pavement materials, equipment and methods under real-world conditions; • Establish industry standards and develop performance measure for improving pavement performance; • Develop and/or revise specifications and recommendations; • Studying and promoting innovative techniques and technologies that will save agencies money, improve safety and increase efficiency; • Supporting technology transfer by developing practical field guides, best practices, and training curriculum to promote the results of research projects; • Conduct cost-benefit analysis to ensure that new technologies, materials or methods contribute to operational efficiencies; • Support the exchange of information and ideas through collaborative research efforts that provide opportunities for public agencies to share experiences. • Identify and prioritize common road related research needs to address regional and national issues that are built on existing efforts such as FHWA’s PCC and HMA Roadmaps as well as the Foundation for Pavement Preservation Roadmap; • Fund high priority, readily implementable research projects though research contracts and university partnerships; • Leverage knowledge, skills, and resources from participating partners to advances pavement research and implementation efforts while developing the workforce of the future. Support technology transfer that highlights the implementation of research results and the associated benefits.

Scope of Work

The scope of work for this pooled fund project is: • Members provide the prioritized research needs, project development and design by way of the research project teams; • Members provide funding for high priority, readily implementable research projects; • Members receive timely results on NRRA research projects through communication products that emphasize lessons learned and implementation; • Assistance in putting research results into practice through technology transfer events; • NRRA members support committees that meet periodically throughout the year to determine priorities, develop strategies to address the priorities, and execute action plans;

Comments

NRRA members help shape research and MnROAD research program by guiding the selection of research projects, disseminating research results, and helping agencies implement results. NRRA will be also incorporating the Veta pooled fund as shown in the three memberships available: Government Agency (Full) Members (2 tiers, based on state’s allotted SPR $) Members have a seat of the executive committee and all research teams. The executive committee executes decision-making about MnROAD construction and research objectives, determine budgets and timelines, and select and participate in project teams. Membership includes travel funding for NRRA meetings and conferences. • State SPR larger than MN ($150k/yr) • State SPR smaller than MN ($75k/yr) Government Agency (ICT Team Only) Members (25K/yr) Members have a seat on the ICT technical team only and the funding provided will be directed to that effort. This option allows past Veta pooled fund members join NRRA and continue their efforts at the same costs as before. (Example - Minnesota joins NRRA at 150K/yr and will have access to all NRRA and ICT team (includes veta) but say another state only wants veta activities then they would pay $25K/yr but they could only be in that team - not full NRRA) Associate Members ($2k/yr) Provide expertise throughout the research process by giving input on long-term technology trends, identifying innovative solutions to research problems, and determining the viability of research results by actively participating in projects. Members also have an opportunity to provide materials for testing and to propose design approaches based on field experience. Academia benefits include research and data analysis opportunities to support faculty sabbaticals and student projects. Requesting Funding Current NRRA#1 – FY16,17,18,19,20 (5 years) Future NRRA#2 - FY21, 22, 23, 24, 25 (5 years) Please visit the project page at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/mnroad/partners/index.html for

Subjects: Maintenance Materials and Construction Pavement Design, Management, and Performance Soils, Geology, and Foundations

Title File/Link Type Private
TPF-5(341) Phase-I and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2024-Q1) TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2024-Q1).pdf Progress Report Public
TPF-5(341) Phase-I and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2023-Q4) TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2023-Q4).pdf Progress Report Public
TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2023-Q3).pdf TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2023-Q3).pdf Progress Report Public
TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2023-Q2).pdf TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2023-Q2).pdf Progress Report Public
TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2022-Q4).pdf TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2022-Q4).pdf Progress Report Public
TPF-5(341) Phase-I and TPF-5(466) NRRA Quarterly Report (2022-Q2) TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2022-Q2).pdf Progress Report Public
NRRA Quarterly Report (2021-Q4) TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2021-Q4).pdf Progress Report Public
NRRA Quarterly Report (2021-Q3) TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2021-Q3).pdf Progress Report Public
NRRA Quarterly Report (2021-Q2) TPF-5(341) Phase-1 and TPF-5(466) Phase-II NRRA Quarterly Report (2021-Q2).pdf Progress Report Public
NRRA Phase-II Study Background NRRA Phase 2 Info.pdf TPF Study Documentation Public
NRRA Veta Phase-II Activities NRRA Veta Phase II Activities 03.01.21.pdf TPF Study Documentation Public
NRRA Veta Benefits NRRA Veta Web Benefits-MDMS 03.01.21.pdf TPF Study Documentation Public
Acceptance Letter TPF-5(466) Acceptance letter.pdf Memorandum Public
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Approved Waiver Memo Approval of SPR Waiver Pooled Fund Solicitation1531.pdf Memorandum Public
NRRA Phase-2 Solicitation Document (April 7 2020) NRRA Phase-2 Solicitation (April 7 2020).docx TPF Study Documentation Public

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