Your Roadmap to Transportation Innovation

The NJ STIC Program and innovative initiatives advanced through the program were discussed in a session, “Your Roadmap to Transportation Innovation”, given at the NJ TransAction Conference on April 17, 2019.

Click here to see the presentation and here to see a video included in the presentation on a STIC Incentive Funding Grant project that is focused on testing and advancing connected vehicle technologies to improve road service safety.


NJ STIC 2018 Winter Meeting

The NJ State Transportation Innovation Council recently held its Winter Meeting. The meeting began with FHWA and NJDOT providing a recap of the Every Day Counts Round 5 (EDC-5) Regional Summit.   FHWA's Innovation Coordinator & Performance Manager provided a brief overview of the EDC-5 Initiatives.  New Jersey along with all other states assessed its current efforts and set goals for implementation of the EDC-5 Initiatives for the next two year period, ending in December 2020 with reference to five stages of innovation.

EDC-5 Innovation Initiatives and NJ’s Baseline and Goals, 2019-2020

EDC-5 InitiativeBaseline: January 2019Goal: December 2020Comments
Advanced Geotechnical Exploration MethodsDemonstrationInstitutionalizedWith proposed activities expect to move it forward to institutionalized
Collaborative Hydraulics: Advancing to the Next Generation of Engineering (CHANGE)DemonstrationDemonstrationEDC-4 carryover
Reducing Rural Roadway DeparturesDevelopmentDemonstrationNew initiative under EDC-5
Project BundlingInstitutionalizedInstitutionalizedPart of NJDOT toolbox
Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)AssessmentInstitutionalizedEDC-4 carryover
Use of Crowdsourcing to Advance OperationsInstitutionalizedInstitutionalizedPart of NJDOT toolbox
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) AssessmentInstitutionalizedNJDOT has been a national leader with many advancements planned
Value Capture Not implementingNot implementing Not formally advanced by STIC
Virtual Public Involvement Not implementing Not implementingNot formally advanced by STIC. Agencies may be making use of this initiative.
Notes: Not Implementing: State is not currently using the innovation anywhere in the state; Development: State is collecting guidance and best practices and building support with stakeholders and partners and developing an implementation process; Demonstration: The State is piloting and testing the innovation; Assessment: The State is assessing the performance of and process for carrying out the innovation and making adjustments to prepare for full deployment; Institutionalized: The State has adopted the innovation as a standard process or practice and uses it regularly on projects.

Presentations from the three Core Innovation Area (CIA) Teams -- Safety, Infrastructure Preservation, and Mobility and Operations -- highlighted what has already been accomplished (in prior rounds of EDC Rounds 1 through 4) and further described how NJDOT plans to accomplish the goals for EDC-5 Initiatives.

Participants were informed about the availability of innovative funding programs through FHWA's Center for  Accelerating Innovative Programs to advance EDC-5 Initiatives and what New Jersey projects have already been funded through STIC Incentive Funding and the Accelerated Innovation Deployment Grant Programs. The meeting concluded with a roundtable discussion of the topics covered.

NJDOT will host the national STIC meeting on April 11, 2019.
Forthcoming NJ STIC meetings are scheduled for: May 7, August 8, and November 19, 2019.

Presentation slides:

Introduction and FHWA Update

CIA Team Presentation: Safety

CIA Team Presentation: Mobility and Ops

CIA Team Presentation: Infrastructure Preservation

Basic STIC Overview

Roundtable Discussion, Reminders, and Thank Yous

NJ STIC 2018 Fall Meeting

The NJ State Transportation Innovation Council recently held its 2018 Fall Meeting. The meeting began with an update from the FHWA about NJDOT's progress on Every Day Counts (EDC-4) Innovations. The meeting continued with presentations from the three Core Innovation Area (CIA) Teams devoted to Safety, Infrastructure Preservation, and Mobility and Operations. The Safety CIA Team discussed progress on implementing road diets and shared a video that described its features and its benefits that had been produced by NJDOT. A roundtable discussion closed the meeting which included discussion of the importance and potential strategies for getting the message out on the innovations underway at NJDOT and by its STIC partners.  

Presentation slides:

Introduction and FHWA Update

CIA Team Presentation: Safety (Road Diets)

CIA Team Presentation: Safety (Data Driven Safety Analysis)

CIA Team Presentation: Infrastructure Preservation

CIA Team Presentation: Mobility and Ops

STIC Communication and Outreach Efforts

NJ STIC 2018 Summer Meeting

The NJ State Transportation Innovation Council recently held its 2018 Summer Meeting. The meeting began with updates about Everyday Counts. The meeting continued with presentations on select projects (see below), an overview of STIC communication/outreach, a new idea disposition report and a roundtable discussion.

A stakeholder report about Innovations of Interest for Everyday Counts 5 (EDC-5) was also discussed and circulated.

Presentation slides:

Introduction and FHWA Update

Pavement & Drainage Management

CIA Progress Updates: Ongoing Innovations

CIA Team: Infrastructure Preservation

CIA Team: Mobility & Ops

CIA Team Presentation: Safety

STIC Communication and Outreach

Roundtable Discussion, Reminders and Thank Yous

NJ STIC 2018 Spring Meeting

The NJ State Transportation Innovation Council recently held its 2018 Spring Meeting. The meeting began with an overview of the implementation status of STIC projects. The meeting continued with presentations on select projects (see below) and concluded with an overview of STIC communication/outreach and a roundtable discussion.

The complete 2018 Spring Meeting slides can be downloaded here: NJ STIC 2018 Spring Meeting.

Presentations include:

Implementation Status

NJ Infrastructure Bank

STIC Incentive Funding

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (not yet available for download)

CIA Teams

STIC Communication, Outreach and Reminders

Definitions of Knowledge Sharing Practices

Example of Techniques and ToolsDescription
Annotated Template/Guidance DocumentTemplates, outlines, or other content/format guidelines to provide guidance on items for inclusion and how to go about writing and documentation.
Communities of PracticeA group of people who deepen their knowledge and expertise by interacting with each other over time and who share that collaborative knowledge with others in the organization, but not a formally constituted work team
Critical Incident Review/Lessons LearnedCapture lessons of experienced employees’ approach to problem solving. Creates a database and allows for discussion of what worked, what did not work, and why. Focuses on finding root causes and process issues
Expert InterviewsSkilled interviewer asks questions of employee to make tacit knowledge explicit.
Job ShadowingVeteran employee shares knowledge with a less experienced employee and provides hands-on practice in dealing with everyday problems and the most difficult situations
Knowledge MapsUsed to discover the location, form, ownership, value and use of knowledge and people’s expertise to make better use of knowledge and identify barriers to knowledge flow
Last Lecture/Story Telling/Oral HistoryRetiring employee or employee with expertise is encouraged to give a presentation in a staff meeting and/or lunchtime talk. Event can be face-to-face or via a video. Description of what really happened to give context, engage feelings and minds, help listeners see relevancy to their own situation
Mentoring ProgramsTraining for specific situations or developmental needs, effective for transferring organizational cultural information, relationships outside units, develop higher level of proficiency
Peer ExchangePeers from state DOTs, or regional and local governments, meet to exchange ideas and best practices on a specific topic to benefit research, development, and technology transfer programs.
Process DocumentationFlow diagrams that illustrate a process and identifies roles and responsibilities of various parties, including process, participants and products at each step in the process.
Research Research advances innovation and contributes to broad implementation of specific processes and procedures.
Tech Talk EventsSMEs present information on specific innovative initiatives or research findings at lunchtime talks or half-day events
Training SME conducts training session on specific topic
VideosIllustrates how a job or task is done or innovation is achieved. Documents model or innovative practices.
WebinarSMEs conduct online training that can be accessed live or reposed for on-demand usage.
WorkshopHalf-day or full-day event including practical application of knowledge transferred.

GRS-IBS Makes Quick Work of Bridge Replacement

When flooding forced the closure of the Jessup Mill Road Bridge over Edward’s Run in Mantua Township, New Jersey, county officials turned to a quick but effective solution to reopen the vital community link: geosynthetic reinforced soil-integrated bridge system technology.

New Jersey’s first GRS-IBS project replaced a flood-damaged bridge in Gloucester County

New Jersey’s first GRS-IBS project replaced a flood-damaged bridge in Gloucester County. Video: View EDC Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge System presentation

“We had observed the use of innovative bridge construction methods in other states that reduce time,” said Vincent Voltaggio, Gloucester County engineer. “In particular, we wanted to explore the use of GRS-IBS methods for our application.”

GRS-IBS, an Every Day Counts innovation since 2011, is helping meet the nationwide demand for small, single-span bridges by delivering low-cost, durable structures that can be built with commonly available equipment and materials. Instead of using joints, deep foundations, approach slabs or cast-in-place concrete, this project used a prefabricated superstructure supported on GRS-IBS abutments built using layers of geosynthetic reinforcement and compacted fill.

Built in 1925 and rehabilitated in 1940, the Jessup Mill Road Bridge included a reinforced concrete arch culvert and an 84-inch diameter corrugated metal pipe that was beyond repair, requiring a 6-mile detour for the 2,300 travelers who used the bridge each day.

Although GRS-IBS was a new approach in New Jersey, Gloucester County officials chose the technology to minimize the cost and duration of the bridge replacement, which took place from December 2014 to March 2015. Using GRS-IBS cut at least a month—about 25 percent—from the construction timeline, and the experience gained from the county’s first use of the innovation is expected to save even more time on future projects. Using GRS-IBS instead of conventional construction also allowed crews to replace the bridge during winter weather.

The new structure was constructed within the footprint of the old bridge to maintain both vertical and horizontal alignment. The span is 22 feet long and 32 feet wide to accommodate two 11-foot lanes and 5-foot shoulders.

Curtis Shugars, Vincent Voltaggio, Heather Simmons, Robert Damminger, Ron Moore and Michael Sheahen celebrate the opening of the new Jessup Mill Road Bridge.

Curtis Shugars, Vincent Voltaggio, Heather Simmons, Robert Damminger, Ron Moore and Michael Sheahen celebrate the opening of the new Jessup Mill Road Bridge.

The new bridge used a prefabricated superstructure consisting of prestressed concrete beams and a composite reinforced concrete deck supported on a GRS-IBS structure. The U-shaped GRS abutments and wing walls kept the new bridge within the right-of-way limits.

Jessup Mill Road is about 13.5 feet above the Edward’s Run channel bed. The 17-inch-thick concrete superstructure provided the greatest hydraulic opening of the alternative bridge types evaluated.

“This bridge has been completely replaced and is modern and safe,” said Robert Damminger, director of the Gloucester County Board of Freeholders. “We appreciate the patience of those that have been affected by this bridge closure, but now we can all be confident this bridge will not be a danger to our motorists or the community.”

Joseph Spadea is a senior engineer and project manager for Pennoni Associates Inc. in Newark, Delaware.

This article first appeared in the September/October 2015 issue of the Innovator (Issue 50, FHWA-15-CAI-011).