What are Weather-Responsive Management Strategies (WRMS)?

More than 20 percent of crashes are weather-related, and weather-associated delays can result in significant losses in productivity and efficiency. Weather-responsive traffic and maintenance management strategies support State and local transportation agencies in deploying improved traffic control and traveler information systems that will significantly reduce highway crashes and delays resulting from adverse weather.

Weather-responsive traffic management strategies provide relevant and timely information to agencies on the need for appropriate traffic intervention methods to mitigate the impacts of weather-related road and traffic conditions. The result is improved mobility, reduced delays, and safer travel during inclement weather. Weather-responsive maintenance management strategies are also used by agencies to improve mobility and safety in adverse weather, as well as reduce the negative environmental impacts and costs associated with road salt use.

Learn more about this EDC-5 Innovation.

NJ Integrates Weather-Responsive Management Strategies

Stage of Innovation: ASSESSMENT (December 2020)

Prior to EDC-5, NJ had integrated several weather-responsive management strategies:

NJDOT Awarded Their First Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Grant from FHWA. The award supports a weather savvy roads pilot program, installing video camera dashboards and sensors onto NJDOT maintenance trucks and safety service patrol vehicles to collect streaming video and weather / pavement information to support road weather management throughout the state. The project has been authorized, with a contract awarded to New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). NJDOT and NJIT staff are working together to coordinate details, including identifying and inspecting vehicles for possible placement of equipment.

Participated in FHWA's Road Weather Management Capability Maturity Framework program. The program assisted NJDOT staff to assess current capabilities with respect to road weather management.

Under EDC-5, NJDOT implemented:

The Weather Savvy Road Pilot Project, a demonstration project funded through an Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Grant.  The project includes equipment installation and the development of a web interface that enables real-time monitoring of roadway conditions. To date, NJDOT has installed equipment (sensors and camera) on 13 vehicles and has developed and started to use its website.

What's Next?

NJDOT will continue to roll out and advance the work started as part of its Weather Savvy Road Pilot Project, focusing on the evaluation of installed equipment and the website, as well as the coordination of the key stakeholders needed to advance the effort.

WEATHER RESPONSIVE STRATEGIES: NEW & NOTEWORTHY

FHWA’s Ray Murphy Presents EDC-5 Weather-Responsive Management Strategies

On April 14, 2020, the NJDOT Bureau of Research hosted a Lunchtime Tech Talk! webinar on “EDC-5 Weather-Responsive Management Strategies.” This event featured a presentation ...

NJDOT Awarded Accelerated Innovation Deployment Grant to Start Weather-Savvy Roads Pilot Program

This grant from FHWA will assist NJDOT gather data on road conditions and improve response times during weather events. ...