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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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February 2020

Proven Safety Countermeasures Workshop

  • February 13
  • 8:00 am–12:00 pm

Is your local public agency trying to find new ways to address roadway departure, pedestrian and bicycle crashes, or intersection issues? Register for this course to learn about all the tools available and proven safety country measures you can employ today!

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NJDHTS - Crash Analysis Tool Demonstration

  • February 19
  • 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.

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Municipal Engineering Construction Inspection Part Two

  • February 19
  • 8:30 am–3:00 pm

This three-day course held on consecutive Wednesdays in February is designed for municipal engineering inspectors who want to improve their overall background in proper inspection of public and private construction movements in the State of New Jersey.

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Traffic Control Coordinator Refresher

  • February 20
  • 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.

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NJLTAP - Engineering and Traffic Studies

  • February 21
  • 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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Traffic Control Coordinator Program

  • February 25February 28
  • 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.

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Municipal Engineering Construction Inspection Part Two

  • February 26
  • 8:30 am–3:00 pm

This three-day course held on consecutive Wednesdays in February is designed for municipal engineering inspectors who want to improve their overall background in proper inspection of public and private construction movements in the State of New Jersey.

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NJLTAP - Slide-in Bridge Construction

  • February 28
  • 8:30 am–12:30 pm

Slide-in bridge construction (SIBC) is one of several accelerated bridge construction (ABC) technologies being advanced by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Compared to more traditional methods of bridge construction, and due to its shorter work zone durations and reduced impacts on traffic, SIBC has many benefits.

March 2020

Diane M. McKnight
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AEESP Distinguished Lecture Series: Diane M. McKnight

  • March 4
  • 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

Please join us for the 2019/2020 AEESP Distinguished Lecturer, Diane M. McKnight, and her lecture titled "Trouble Ahead Trouble Behind: Acid Mine Drainage & Climate Change in the Rocky Mountains."

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Work Zone Safety Awareness Workshop

  • March 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.

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APWA - How to Fill out a Municipal Tonnage Report

  • March 5
  • 8:30 am–12:00 pm

Municipalities must report their tonnage electronically to NJDEP. Learn about the NJDEP tonnage re-port and how to compete the forms that go along with it. Open to Members and Non-Members of APWA

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NJDOT Local Aid Listening Tour

  • March 11
  • 8:30 am–12:30 pm

Sit and discuss transportation issues with Local Aid staff and DOT Subject Matter Experts!

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*POSTPONED* NJLTAP - Highway Inspection Procedures for Federal-aid Projects

  • March 16
  • 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

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*Cancelled* NJDHTS - Crash Analysis Tool Demonstration

  • March 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.

*Postponed* NJLTAP - Proven Safety Countermeasures Workshop

  • March 18
  • 8:00 am–12:00 pm

Is your local public agency trying to find new ways to address roadway departure, pedestrian and bicycle crashes, or intersection issues? Register for this course to learn about all the tools available and proven safety country measures you can employ today!

Training

*Postponed* APWA - How to Fill out a Municipal Tonnage Report

  • March 18
  • 8:30 am–12:00 pm

Municipalities must report their tonnage electronically to NJDEP. Learn about the NJDEP tonnage re-port and how to compete the forms that go along with it. Open to Members and Non-Members of APWA

safety attenuator truck on highway road project at night
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*Postponed* Traffic Control Coordinator Refresher

  • March 19
  • 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.

vehicle passing through work zone
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*Postponed* NJLTAP- Work Zone Safety Awareness for Road Departments

  • March 20
  • 8:00 am–12:00 pm

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.

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*Postponed* NJLTAP - Common Sense Solutions for Intersection Problems

  • March 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.

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*Postponed* Traffic Control Coordinator Program

  • March 24March 27
  • 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.

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*Postponed* NJLTAP - Grant Management for Federal-aid Projects

  • March 24
  • 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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*Postponed* NJLTAP - Federal-Aid Responsible Charge Training

  • March 26
  • 8:30 am–4:00 pm

This day long Federal-Aid Responsible Charge Training for Directors, Program Managers, Financial Officers and others is required for the Employee 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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*Postponed* NJLTAP - Roadway and Traffic Safety Improvement Program

  • March 27
  • 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.

Roadway being paved with High Friction Surface Treatment
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*Postponed* NJLTAP - Asphalt Roads: Common Maintenance Problems

  • March 30
  • 8:30 am–12:30 pm

The course material reviews the importance of preventive maintenance to the life of an asphalt pavement. The material will help the student identify common asphalt distress, the cause of the distress, and the appropriate treat

April 2020

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*Postponed* NJLTAP - Federal-Aid Requirements and LPA Stewardship

  • April 2
  • 9:00 am–3:30 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.

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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