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CAIT Update, March 2020
News from the USDOT Region 2 University Transportation Center led by Rutgers CAIT
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Rowan Professor Wins NCHRP Grant to Continue Life-Saving Highway Research
A CAIT-affiliated researcher at Rowan University recently received a $40,000 NCHRP grant to continue his critical work studying Wrong-Way Driving events and preventing fatalities caused by this highway phenomenon. Since 2012, Dr. Mohammad Jalayer has investigated this issue across the nation, including a recent project partnering with Rutgers CAIT and other universities that used drones in an innovative way to inspect highway interchange assets.
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CAIT Director Named ACECNJ Educator of the Year
CAIT Director Dr. Ali Maher was selected by ACECNJ as its 2020 Educator of the Year as part of the organizations’ annual New Jersey Engineering Excellence Awards program. An internationally recognized transportation researcher, educator, and administrator, Dr. Maher is a visionary leader and a strong promoter of collaboration among students, academia, and industry. He will be recognized among other recipients at a future event.
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Testing of a New Device to Potentially Prevent Falling Ice on Cable-Stayed Bridges
CAIT researchers have demonstrated that mechanical vibrations have the potential to be one possible solution to alleviating the “ice bomb” dilemma. That is, ice accumulating on the stay cable sheaths of cable-stayed bridges and falling to the roadway below. Through a recent UTC project, researchers tested a novel deicing system which employed the use of these vibrations to shed ice as it accumulates—preventing the large ice chunks from falling onto roadways.
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Rowan University Develops Innovative AI to Help FAA Identify Rotorcraft Landing Sites
There is currently a lack of information about landing sites for helicopters and other rotorcrafts, and acquiring, verifying, and updating this database of information is no small task for organizations such as the FAA that need it. A project from UTC partners at Rowan University is working to develop an AI-based algorithm that will automate the process of identifying landing sites from video data as well as satellite images—increasing safety and efficiency in the NAS.
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Rutgers Researchers to Build & Test Porous Concrete Sidewalks in Montgomery NJ
While pervious (or porous) concrete has been gaining popularity as a potential solution to flooding, puddling, and to slowing storm-water runoff, there are still concerns about its ability to provide sufficient structural support, its longevity, as well as life cycle costs. As part of a pilot project funded by NJDOT and FHWA, Rutgers and CAIT-affiliated researchers, alongside Montgomery Township, are building a 1,500-square ft. test sidewalk made of porous concrete in Montgomery, NJ to collect performance data.
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How COVID-19 May Affect the Region and Its Transportation Infrastructure
These are unprecedented times as the Coronavirus, COVID-19, affects the world, the United States, and the Northeast region. Recent national numbers show New Jersey is second only to New York in cases of the virus, as its impact is felt everywhere. CAIT-affiliated researcher Dr. James W. Hughes breaks down what some of the longer-term economic and transportation-related effects of the virus might be on the region.
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April 2020

Training

*Postponed* NJLTAP - Traffic Signs and Pavement Markings

  • April 6
  • 8:30 am–3:30 pm

This course reviews the basic regulations and engineering guidelines for the installation of pavement markings and properly establishing and posting regulatory, warning, and guide signs.

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Training

*Postponed* NJLTAP - Construction and Project Cost Estimating for Public Works

  • April 6
  • 8:30 am–3:30 pm

This course provides an understanding of practical applications for performing estimates on typical construction and maintenance projects. Various mathematical rules necessary to perform basic computations and formulas to perform cost and quantity calculations are reviewed.

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*Postponed* 2020 Work Zone Safety Conference

  • April 7
  • 8:30 am–2:30 pm

Register today for the New Jersey Work Zone Safety Conference! This conference promotes work zone safety awareness on local and state roadways for a multi-disciplinary audience of construction, engineering, public safety, maintenance and operations personnel.

Federal-aid Requirements and LPA Stewardship Day 1 of 3 (Webinar)

  • April 7
  • 10:00 am–12:00 pm

This program will review the cradle to grave process of federal-aid programs, from planning and project concept, plans, specifications, estimates and bidding, and construction. The intent of this course is to assist local agencies with proper federal-aid compliance.

Training

*Postponed* NJLTAP - Traffic Calming

  • April 8
  • 8:30 am–3:30 pm

Do you need to know when, where, and how to place things such as speed bumps or signage to slow down traffic on your local roadways? Traffic calming uses physical design and other measures to improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

Federal-aid Requirements and LPA Stewardship Day 2 of 3 (Webinar)

  • April 8
  • 10:00 am–12:00 pm

This program will review the cradle to grave process of federal-aid programs, from planning and project concept, plans, specifications, estimates and bidding, and construction. The intent of this course is to assist local agencies with proper federal-aid compliance.

nighttime work zone with police and traffic
Training

*Postponed* Work Zone Safety Awareness for Local Police (Mercer)

  • April 9
  • 8:00 am–1:00 pm

This course, similar to our Work Zone Safety Awareness Program, is specifically being offered to current New Jersey law enforcement officers who require an overview of working safely in the roadway.

Training

*Postponed* NJLTAP - Compliance to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

  • April 9
  • 8:30 am–12:30 pm

This workshop is designed to assist local governments with an understanding of the basic minimum requirements for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to ensure our roadways’ pedestrian network is accessible to all pedestrians.

Federal-aid Requirements and LPA Stewardship Day 3 of 3 (Webinar)

  • April 9
  • 10:00 am–12:00 pm

This program will review the cradle to grave process of federal-aid programs, from planning and project concept, plans, specifications, estimates and bidding, and construction. The intent of this course is to assist local agencies with proper federal-aid compliance.

Training

*Postponed* NJLTAP - Basic Math and Plan Reading

  • April 13
  • 8:30 am–12:30 pm

This course provides a refresher on basic math skills related to construction inspection and road maintenance, as well as how to locate information within a set of plans. Topics will includes reading notes, determining quantities and understanding topography, basic Geometry, area and volume. Road Foreman, Inspectors and Cre

Training

*Postponed* NJDHTS - Police Work Zone Safety Train-The-Trainer (Passaic)

  • April 14April 17
  • 8:00 am–4:00 pm

This four-day program is designed for experienced police personnel who seek to become trainers in work zone traffic control.

Training

NJLTAP - Federal-aid Responsible Charge Training Day 1 of 3 (Webinar)

  • April 14
  • 10:00 am–12:00 pm

This Federal-Aid Responsible Charge Training for Directors, Program Managers,  Financial Officers, and Persons of Responsible Charge is required for the person in Responsible Charge of Federally Funded Local Aid projects. This course will provide information and expectations for the first time Federal-aid recipient

Training

*Postponed* NJDHTS - NJTR-1 Crash Form Refresher (Middlesex)

  • April 15
  • 8:00 am–1:00 pm

The course reviews common NJTR-1 errors for both passenger and commercial motor vehicle crashes and offers methods to improve the quality of data that safety colleagues rely on.

Training

NJLTAP - Federal-aid Responsible Charge Training Day 2 of 3 (Webinar)

  • April 15
  • 10:00 am–11:30 am

This Federal-Aid Responsible Charge Training for Directors, Program Managers,  Financial Officers, and Persons of Responsible Charge is required for the person in Responsible Charge of Federally Funded Local Aid projects. This course will provide information and expectations for the first time Federal-aid recipient

Training

NJLTAP - Federal-aid Responsible Charge Training Day 3 of 3 (Webinar)

  • April 16
  • 10:00 am–11:30 am

This Federal-Aid Responsible Charge Training for Directors, Program Managers,  Financial Officers, and Persons of Responsible Charge is required for the person in Responsible Charge of Federally Funded Local Aid projects. This course will provide information and expectations for the first time Federal-aid recipient

vehicle passing through work zone
Training

NJLTAP- Work Zone Safety Awareness for Road Departments (Webinar)

  • April 22
  • 8:00 am–10:00 am

This course, similar to our Work Zone Safety Awareness Program, is specifically being offered to New Jersey municipal and county public works and utilities participants who require an overview of working safely in the roadway.

CAIT training facility with class attendees at computer workstations and instructor at front of classroom
Training

*Postponed* NJDHTS - Crash Analysis Tool Demonstration

  • April 22
  • 8:00 am–11:00 am

This demonstration is to provide an overview on the Crash Analysis Tool and how to use it. The 3-hour window will provide for a brief demonstration of the tool, as well as one-on-one assistance to create and save queries for future use.

Training

*Postponed* UAS Applications for Traffic Safety (Middlesex)

  • April 23
  • 8:00 am–12:00 pm

Register today to find out howe how law enforcement may respond to UAS incidents, what lawful authority exists to engage a UAS operator, and how to determine if UAS operation is legal or in violation of regulations. Finally, UAS case studies will be explored with emphasis place upon personal safety and awareness.

Training

*Postponed* NJLTAP - Federal-Aid Responsible Charge Training

  • April 23
  • 8:30 am–4:00 pm

This day long Federal-Aid Responsible Charge Training for Directors, Program Managers,  Financial Officers, and Persons of Responsible Charge is required for the person in Responsible Charge of Federally Funded Local Aid projects. This course will provide information and expectations for the first time Federal-aid recipient

Training

*Postponed* NJDHTS - NJTR-1 Crash Form Refresher (Atlantic)

  • April 24
  • 8:00 am–1:00 pm

The course reviews common NJTR-1 errors for both passenger and commercial motor vehicle crashes and offers methods to improve the quality of data that safety colleagues rely on.

freshly paved road
Training

*Postponed* NJLTAP - Principles of Paving

  • April 27
  • 8:30 am–3:30 pm

This course is for municipal or county employees and those that work with them who are involved in the planning, inspecting and placing of asphalt pavements. The course will provide the information needed to properly plan and monitor a hot mix asphalt paving project.

Training

*Postponed* Traffic Control Coordinator Program

  • April 28May 1
  • 8:00 am–4:00 pm

This four-day program is designed for experienced highway work zone personnel who seek training in work zone traffic control.

Training

*Postponed* NJDHTS - NJTR-1 Crash Form Refresher (Passaic)

  • April 28
  • 8:00 am–1:00 pm

The course reviews common NJTR-1 errors for both passenger and commercial motor vehicle crashes and offers methods to improve the quality of data that safety colleagues rely on.

May 2020

Training

* Postponed* NJLTAP - Traffic Incident Management Training for Emergency Responders

  • May 5
  • 8:00 am–1:00 pm

The training covers topics including TIM guidelines, fundamentals, and terminology; notifications and scene size up; scene safety and risk management; traffic management; special circumstances; clearance; and termination.

orange diamond ‘workers ahead’ warning sign posted before a road repair project
Training

*Postponed* Work Zone Safety Awareness Workshop

  • May 7
  • 8:00 am–1:00 pm

The Work Zone Safety Awareness Program is offered to participants who require an overview of working safely in the roadway.

This course reviews the basic regulations and engineering guidelines for the installation of pavement markings and properly establishing and posting regulatory, warning, and guide signs.
This course provides an understanding of practical applications for performing estimates on typical construction and maintenance projects. Various mathematical rules necessary to perform basic computations and formulas to perform cost and quantity calculations are reviewed.
Register today for the New Jersey Work Zone Safety Conference! This conference promotes work zone safety awareness on local and state roadways for a multi-disciplinary audience of construction, engineering, public safety, maintenance and operations personnel.

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