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.
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NJ Integrates Weather-Responsive Management Strategies
Stage of Innovation: DEVELOPMENT (June 2020)
Before EDC-5 began, 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.
Building from a Capability Maturity Model workshop held in the spring of 2019, NJDOT seeks to develop consensus for agency improvements, identify priorities, and implement strategies to foster continuous improvements in the road weather management programs regarding business process, systems and technology, and collaboration of maintenance and traffic operations personnel.
For the Weather Savvy Road Pilot Project, equipment has begun to be installed in vehicles and a draft dashboard has been developed.
WEATHER RESPONSIVE STRATEGIES: NEW & NOTEWORTHY