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Permeable Pavement Can Help Alleviate Urban Heat Island Effect
A CAIT researcher has developed permeable concrete designs that are highly effective in handling heat. This pavement contains large connected pores, allowing water to drain and reducing pavement temperature. In some crowded cities, average air temperatures can be 1.8 to 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit higher than in more rural areas. High heat can increase peak demand for energy in the summertime, increase pollution, and have negative health impacts.
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Rutgers CAIT is Using VR to Improve Work Zone Training
A CAIT researcher has developed two fully-interactive virtual environments that mesh innovative VR technology with the needs of infrastructure managers. Roadside crews can step into both of these bridge and pump-station environments, and step out with the hands-on experience they need to do their jobs.
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Drones Can Help Improve Safety on our Roads
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can potentially collect and inventory high-quality interchange asset data in a safer, faster, and smarter way than traditional on-the-ground surveys. A collaborative project between Rutgers, Rowan, and other universities that was featured in the ITE Journal recently tested this idea out.
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UTC Students and Researchers Collaborate on Infrastructure Projects in The BEAST
Earlier this month, Rutgers CAIT poured the concrete for the deck of a full-scale steel girder bridge within The BEAST as part of a project sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration. The day also brought UTC students from NJIT and Rutgers together to collaborate on the FHWA project, as well as several other leveraged research projects.
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CAIT Update, August 2019
News from the USDOT Region 2 University Transportation Center led by Rutgers CAIT. From using VR environments to improve workforce training to pouring the concrete for the deck of a full-scale steel girder bridge in The BEAST, we have had a busy month. Read more about our latest projects and accomplishments here.
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NJLTAP Will Help Develop Safety Countermeasures Workshop
NJDOT recently received a $16,000 grant through the FHWA's ASAP program. Using the money, they will partner with NJLTAP and other stakeholders to develop a workshop designed to spread and implement proven safety countermeasures, from rumble strips to roundabouts, throughout the state.
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Innovative Research Examines Impact of Pedestrian Infrastructure on People with Autism
Relatively little is known about the impact that current pedestrian infrastructure has on people with autism. By using a safe, virtual environment to examine the road-crossing behavior of adult participants, a new CAIT study aims to find out more.
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August 2019

Training

NJDHTS - Police Work Zone Safety Train-The-Trainer

  • August 20August 23
  • 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

  • August 22
  • 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

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Training

NJLTAP - Engineering and Traffic Studies

  • August 26
  • 8:30 am–12:30 pm

This course will review basic concepts in probability and statistics and their application in designing traffic control features and regulating traffic. 

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Training

NJLTAP - Highway Inspection Procedures for Federal-aid Projects

  • August 27
  • 8:30 am–12:30 pm

This course is designed specifically for project engineers, project inspectors, supervisors and those in responsible charge of federal aid construction projects. It presents essential requirements and procedures for insuring conformance with contract plans and specifications including records and documentation necessary to

tractor trailer truck driving through a mixed residential-industrial area
Training

NJLTAP - Roadside Safety Features

  • August 28
  • 8:30 am–3:30 pm

This course is designed to help local road agencies, engineers and public works personnel reduce the incident of traffic crashes through the application of practical low cost "best safety practices" geared to local/rural roads.

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NJLTAP - Guidelines for Guide Rail and Median Barrier Design

  • August 29August 30
  • 8:00 am–3:00 pm

The course will go through the entire section including clear zone, warranting obstructions, guide rail height, clearance from traveled way, rubrail, reduced post spacing at obstructions, guide rail at structures, end treatments, roadside recovery area, grading treatment, and many other topics.

September 2019

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

Work Zone Safety Awareness Workshop

  • September 5
  • 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.

Training

NJLTAP - Traffic Signs and Pavement Markings

  • September 9
  • 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.

Training

Traffic Control Coordinator Program

  • September 10September 13
  • 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

NJLTAP - Federal-Aid Responsible Charge Training

  • September 12
  • 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

city intersection with crosswalk and signals on a hot summer day
Training

NJLTAP - Grant Management for Federal-aid Projects

  • September 17
  • 8:30 am–12:30 pm

Are you a recipient of a Federal Aid grant? Effective and efficient “management” of the funds received from such a grant is critical to insuring future eligibility and reimbursement. This course highlights key requirements and responsibilities that must be met as a condition to the grant.

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Training

NJDHTS - Crash Analysis Tool Demonstration

  • September 18
  • 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

NJLTAP - Compliance to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the Public Right-

  • September 18
  • 8:30 am–12:30 pm

This session will provide an overview of state and local laws governing ADA compliance, responsibilities of facility owners and funding recipients, project requirements, and ADA standards and applications. In addition, the session will highlight the Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guide (PROWAG).

Roadway being paved with High Friction Surface Treatment
Training

NJLTAP - Road Surface Management

  • September 19
  • 8:30 am–3:30 pm

This course provides the basics for developing a road surface management program to help local governments manage their pavements by providing an understanding of the concept and importance of road surface inventories and condition surveys. A review of the basic components of flexible and rigid pavements is discussed.

nighttime work zone with police and traffic
Training

NJDHTS - Police Work Zone Safety Refresher Training

  • September 20
  • 8:00 am–1:00 pm

This course provides a review of the 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and includes a brief overview of federal changes, worker safety considerations, sign placement, and special considerations for local and state roadways.

Instructor teaching class
Training

NJDHTS - Instructor Development Course

  • September 23September 27
  • 8:00 am–4:00 pm

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) will provide the law enforcement officer with the tools, skills and abilities to present work zone safety training material to fellow officers in a professional and competent manner that fosters learning and understanding of the principles and concepts outlined in the work zone safety

man crossing the street under a pedestrian crosswalk beacon and sign
Training

NJLTAP - Common Sense Solutions for Intersection Problems

  • September 23
  • 8:30 am–3:30 pm

This course provides participants with (1) a basic understanding of intersection safety issues, (2) “how to” information for common safety tasks and low cost safety improvements that do not require an engineered design, and (3) background information on safety tasks that do not require an engineer.

October 2019

Training

NJLTAP - Stormwater Management

  • October 1
  • 8:00 am–5:00 pm

This course focuses on understanding the issues related to stormwater and provides steps to manage and reduce problems resulting from stormwater. It will provide guidance for managing stormwater in relation to roadway infrastructure and practices of local roadway departments, from planning to maintenance.

Training

NJLTAP - Stormwater Management

  • October 2
  • 8:00 am–5:00 pm

This course focuses on understanding the issues related to stormwater and provides steps to manage and reduce problems resulting from stormwater. It will provide guidance for managing stormwater in relation to roadway infrastructure and practices of local roadway departments, from planning to maintenance.

safety attenuator truck on highway road project at night
Training

Traffic Control Coordinator Refresher

  • October 3
  • 8:00 am–1:00 pm

If you want to work on NJDOT-funded infrastructure projects and haven't taken a refresher in two years, better sign up now. Course covers MUTCD, info on keeping workers safe, new NJDOT safety specs, and other federal and state regulations/changes.

Ethical Decisions for Engineers

  • October 4
  • 9:00 am–11:00 am

Whether you work in the private sector or with a government agency, this class will help you solve the ethical decisions you and your fellow engineers encounter.

freshly paved road
Training

NJLTAP - Principles of Paving

  • October 8
  • 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.

tractor trailer truck driving through a mixed residential-industrial area
Training

NJLTAP - Roadway and Traffic Safety Improvement Program

  • October 9
  • 8:30 am–3:30 pm

This course covers how to establish and maintain a roadway and traffic safety improvement programs. Participants learn how to implement safety improvements targeted at areas that have a history of crashes or exhibit conditions associated with high-crash areas.

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

NJDHTS - Crash Analysis Tool Demonstration

  • October 16
  • 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.

large audience attending a workshop in the CAIT auditorium
Training

NJLTAP - Construction and Project Cost Estimating for Public Works Projects

  • October 16
  • 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.

This four-day program is designed for experienced police personnel who seek to become trainers in work zone traffic control.
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
This course will review basic concepts in probability and statistics and their application in designing traffic control features and regulating traffic. 

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