Western Transportation Research Consortium

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(526)
Former Study Number:
Lead Organization: Utah Department of Transportation
Solicitation Number: 1599
Partners: AK, CA, CO, ID, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, TX, UT, WA, WY
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Nov 08, 2023
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Suggested Contribution:
Total Commitments Received: $615,000.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): David Stevens
davidstevens@utah.gov
Phone: 801-589-8340
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Zane Pulver
zane.pulver@dot.gov
Phone: 801- 946-6331
Study Champion(s): Cameron Kergaye
ckergaye@utah.gov
Phone: 801-633-0359
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2024 $15,000.00 Cristina DeMattio Cristina DeMattio
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2025 $15,000.00 Cristina DeMattio Cristina DeMattio
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2026 $15,000.00 Cristina DeMattio Cristina DeMattio
California Department of Transportation 2024 $105,000.00 Joe Horton Sang Le
California Department of Transportation 2025 $0.00 Joe Horton Sang Le
California Department of Transportation 2026 $0.00 Joe Horton Sang Le
Colorado Department of Transportation 2024 $15,000.00 Steve Cohn David Reeves
Colorado Department of Transportation 2025 $15,000.00 Steve Cohn David Reeves
Colorado Department of Transportation 2026 $15,000.00 Steve Cohn David Reeves
Idaho Department of Transportation 2024 $15,000.00 Ned Parrish Ned Parrish
Idaho Department of Transportation 2025 $15,000.00 Ned Parrish Ned Parrish
Idaho Department of Transportation 2026 $15,000.00 Ned Parrish Ned Parrish
Montana Department of Transportation 2024 $15,000.00 Rebecca Ridenour Rebecca Ridenour
Montana Department of Transportation 2025 $15,000.00 Rebecca Ridenour Rebecca Ridenour
Montana Department of Transportation 2026 $15,000.00 Rebecca Ridenour Rebecca Ridenour
Nebraska Department of Transportation 2024 $15,000.00 Mark Fischer Mark Fischer
Nevada Department of Transportation 2024 $15,000.00 Lucy Koury Lucy Koury
Nevada Department of Transportation 2025 $15,000.00 Lucy Koury Lucy Koury
Nevada Department of Transportation 2026 $15,000.00 Lucy Koury Lucy Koury
New Mexico Department of Transportation 2024 $15,000.00 Hao Yin Angelo Armijo
New Mexico Department of Transportation 2025 $15,000.00 Hao Yin Angelo Armijo
New Mexico Department of Transportation 2026 $15,000.00 Hao Yin Angelo Armijo
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2024 $15,000.00 TJ Murphy TJ Murphy
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2025 $15,000.00 TJ Murphy TJ Murphy
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2026 $15,000.00 TJ Murphy TJ Murphy
Oklahoma Transportation 2024 $15,000.00 Gary Hook Ron Curb
Oklahoma Transportation 2025 $15,000.00 Gary Hook Ron Curb
Oklahoma Transportation 2026 $15,000.00 Gary Hook Ron Curb
Texas Department of Transportation 2024 $15,000.00 Kevin Pete Ned Mattila
Texas Department of Transportation 2025 $15,000.00 Kevin Pete Ned Mattila
Texas Department of Transportation 2026 $15,000.00 Kevin Pete Ned Mattila
Utah Department of Transportation 2024 $45,000.00 Cameron Kergaye David Stevens
Utah Department of Transportation 2025 $0.00 Cameron Kergaye David Stevens
Utah Department of Transportation 2026 $0.00 Cameron Kergaye David Stevens
Washington State Department of Transportation 2024 $15,000.00 Jon Peterson Jon Peterson
Washington State Department of Transportation 2025 $15,000.00 Jon Peterson Jon Peterson
Washington State Department of Transportation 2026 $15,000.00 Jon Peterson Jon Peterson
Wyoming Department of Transportation $0.00

Study Description

Overview

AASHTO RAC Region IV presents this transportation pool funded initiative to conduct strategic research and foster collaboration among member states.  

Its purpose is to pool the financial, professional, and academic resources of the region to develop improved methods of dealing with common problems in the planning, design, construction, maintenance, management and operation of transportation systems.  

The consortium will gather DOT research and innovation professionals, virtually or in-person, to prioritize transportation needs and allocate resources.  It will also address high priority transportation research topics of common interest to RAC IV states.  The lead state will manage contracted services and adhere to the consortium charter.

Benefits of the partnership include:

  • Regional collaboration on common problems will allow participants to more effectively use its resources.
  • Collaboration will provide an effective way to focus resources on the Region’s transportation research priorities.
  • The program will provide an additional way to leverage research and technology transfer funding of the state DOTs.
  • The program will provide a means to define, support and share technology of mutual interest.
  • The program will provide a method for Peer Exchange support.
  • The partnership will develop a longer-range plan of collaboration (strategic plan).
  • A focused program will help promote interest in transportation related fields by researchers and students within the research institutions in the region.

The program is intended to supplement, not to replace, ongoing state, federal, and university research activities and other national programs such as the National Cooperative Highway Research Program. It is intended to reduce duplication of research and provide means for better communication of on-going research activities in the state research programs.

Objectives

Address high priority transportation research topics of common interest and for which expertise exists in these states.

Scope of Work

State DOTs will identify priority topics that they hold in common and for which expertise exists in the region. Potential focus areas can include:

  • Research implementation
  • Freight issues
  • Highway infrastructure issues
  • Environmental topics
  • Transportation Funding 
  • Transportation Equity
  • Transportation Innovation

Comments

Initial startup costs will be $15,000 per member state per year for three years, focusing first on FFY 2024, 2025, and 2026. Member states may vote to extend this study for an additional three years.

Based on the strategic plan developed by the partnership members, additional contributions may be required by states for individual studies. Some larger studies or studies that may have expanded interest, may be funded through new pooled fund studies.

A waiver of the SPR state match was requested by UDOT from FHWA and was approved.

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
2024 1st Quarter 2024 1st quarter rpt_TPF-5(526).docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
2023 4th Quarter 2023 4th quarter rpt_TPF-5(526).docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Acceptance Letter TPF-5(526) Acceptance Letter TPF5526 signed.pdf Memorandum Public
Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
SPR match waiver approval_Solicitation 1599 SPR Match Waiver Memorandum Solicitation #1599.pdf Memorandum Public
Match waiver request letter_Solicitation 1599 Match Waiver Request #1599 - signed.pdf Memorandum Public

Western Transportation Research Consortium

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(526)
Lead Organization: Utah Department of Transportation
Solicitation Number: 1599
Partners: AK, CA, CO, ID, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, TX, UT, WA, WY
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Nov 08, 2023
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $615,000.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): David Stevens
davidstevens@utah.gov
Phone: 801-589-8340
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Zane Pulver
zane.pulver@dot.gov
Phone: 801- 946-6331
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2024 $15,000.00 Cristina DeMattio Cristina DeMattio +1 9074515382 Cristina.DeMattio@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2025 $15,000.00 Cristina DeMattio Cristina DeMattio +1 9074515382 Cristina.DeMattio@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2026 $15,000.00 Cristina DeMattio Cristina DeMattio +1 9074515382 Cristina.DeMattio@alaska.gov
California Department of Transportation 2024 $105,000.00 Joe Horton Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2025 $0.00 Joe Horton Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2026 $0.00 Joe Horton Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
Colorado Department of Transportation 2024 $15,000.00 Steve Cohn David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2025 $15,000.00 Steve Cohn David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2026 $15,000.00 Steve Cohn David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Idaho Department of Transportation 2024 $15,000.00 Ned Parrish Ned Parrish 208-334-8296 ned.parrish@itd.idaho.gov
Idaho Department of Transportation 2025 $15,000.00 Ned Parrish Ned Parrish 208-334-8296 ned.parrish@itd.idaho.gov
Idaho Department of Transportation 2026 $15,000.00 Ned Parrish Ned Parrish 208-334-8296 ned.parrish@itd.idaho.gov
Montana Department of Transportation 2024 $15,000.00 Rebecca Ridenour Rebecca Ridenour (406)444-7203 rridenour@mt.gov
Montana Department of Transportation 2025 $15,000.00 Rebecca Ridenour Rebecca Ridenour (406)444-7203 rridenour@mt.gov
Montana Department of Transportation 2026 $15,000.00 Rebecca Ridenour Rebecca Ridenour (406)444-7203 rridenour@mt.gov
Nebraska Department of Transportation 2024 $15,000.00 Mark Fischer Mark Fischer (402) 479-3163 Mark.fischer@nebraska.gov
Nevada Department of Transportation 2024 $15,000.00 Lucy Koury Lucy Koury (775) 888-7223 lkoury@dot.nv.gov
Nevada Department of Transportation 2025 $15,000.00 Lucy Koury Lucy Koury (775) 888-7223 lkoury@dot.nv.gov
Nevada Department of Transportation 2026 $15,000.00 Lucy Koury Lucy Koury (775) 888-7223 lkoury@dot.nv.gov
New Mexico Department of Transportation 2024 $15,000.00 Hao Yin Angelo Armijo (505)372-8757 Angelo.Armijo@dot.nm.gov
New Mexico Department of Transportation 2025 $15,000.00 Hao Yin Angelo Armijo (505)372-8757 Angelo.Armijo@dot.nm.gov
New Mexico Department of Transportation 2026 $15,000.00 Hao Yin Angelo Armijo (505)372-8757 Angelo.Armijo@dot.nm.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2024 $15,000.00 TJ Murphy TJ Murphy 701-328-6910 tjmurphy@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2025 $15,000.00 TJ Murphy TJ Murphy 701-328-6910 tjmurphy@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2026 $15,000.00 TJ Murphy TJ Murphy 701-328-6910 tjmurphy@nd.gov
Oklahoma Transportation 2024 $15,000.00 Gary Hook Ron Curb (405)414-7740 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2025 $15,000.00 Gary Hook Ron Curb (405)414-7740 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2026 $15,000.00 Gary Hook Ron Curb (405)414-7740 rcurb@odot.org
Texas Department of Transportation 2024 $15,000.00 Kevin Pete Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2025 $15,000.00 Kevin Pete Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2026 $15,000.00 Kevin Pete Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2024 $45,000.00 Cameron Kergaye David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2025 $0.00 Cameron Kergaye David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2026 $0.00 Cameron Kergaye David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2024 $15,000.00 Jon Peterson Jon Peterson 360-705-7499 peterjn@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2025 $15,000.00 Jon Peterson Jon Peterson 360-705-7499 peterjn@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2026 $15,000.00 Jon Peterson Jon Peterson 360-705-7499 peterjn@wsdot.wa.gov

Study Description

Study Description

Overview

AASHTO RAC Region IV presents this transportation pool funded initiative to conduct strategic research and foster collaboration among member states.  

Its purpose is to pool the financial, professional, and academic resources of the region to develop improved methods of dealing with common problems in the planning, design, construction, maintenance, management and operation of transportation systems.  

The consortium will gather DOT research and innovation professionals, virtually or in-person, to prioritize transportation needs and allocate resources.  It will also address high priority transportation research topics of common interest to RAC IV states.  The lead state will manage contracted services and adhere to the consortium charter.

Benefits of the partnership include:

  • Regional collaboration on common problems will allow participants to more effectively use its resources.
  • Collaboration will provide an effective way to focus resources on the Region’s transportation research priorities.
  • The program will provide an additional way to leverage research and technology transfer funding of the state DOTs.
  • The program will provide a means to define, support and share technology of mutual interest.
  • The program will provide a method for Peer Exchange support.
  • The partnership will develop a longer-range plan of collaboration (strategic plan).
  • A focused program will help promote interest in transportation related fields by researchers and students within the research institutions in the region.

The program is intended to supplement, not to replace, ongoing state, federal, and university research activities and other national programs such as the National Cooperative Highway Research Program. It is intended to reduce duplication of research and provide means for better communication of on-going research activities in the state research programs.

Objectives

Address high priority transportation research topics of common interest and for which expertise exists in these states.

Scope of Work

State DOTs will identify priority topics that they hold in common and for which expertise exists in the region. Potential focus areas can include:

  • Research implementation
  • Freight issues
  • Highway infrastructure issues
  • Environmental topics
  • Transportation Funding 
  • Transportation Equity
  • Transportation Innovation

Comments

Initial startup costs will be $15,000 per member state per year for three years, focusing first on FFY 2024, 2025, and 2026. Member states may vote to extend this study for an additional three years.

Based on the strategic plan developed by the partnership members, additional contributions may be required by states for individual studies. Some larger studies or studies that may have expanded interest, may be funded through new pooled fund studies.

A waiver of the SPR state match was requested by UDOT from FHWA and was approved.

Title File/Link Type Private
Acceptance Letter TPF-5(526) Acceptance Letter TPF5526 signed.pdf Memorandum Public
2023 4th Quarter 2023 4th quarter rpt_TPF-5(526).docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
2024 1st Quarter 2024 1st quarter rpt_TPF-5(526).docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Title File/Link Type Private
Match waiver request letter_Solicitation 1599 Match Waiver Request #1599 - signed.pdf Memorandum Public
SPR match waiver approval_Solicitation 1599 SPR Match Waiver Memorandum Solicitation #1599.pdf Memorandum Public

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