Benefits of Transportation Research in Idaho

Each year, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) invests significant effort and resources to support applied transportation research in alignment with the Department’s mission and strategic commitments. The goals of the ITD Research Program are to enhance the Department’s ability to deliver efficient and effective transportation services, offer practical solutions to problems facing the Department, to develop new tools and technologies, and ultimately to facilitate the implementation of research outcomes. Research projects at ITD are selected based on priorities identified by a broad-based group of agencies leaders. However, these agency leaders, along with Research Program staff, are presently unable to assess proposed research initiatives in the context of potential financial benefit or return on investment based on past research outcomes. To address this gap, the ITD Research Program intends to investigate and quantify the benefits of existing research that could inform research project selection in the future. Additionally, this study will evaluate ITD participation in Transportation Pooled Fund (TPF) studies, and contributions to AASHTO Technical Service Programs (TSP), AASHTOWare software projects, and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). Since research plays a fundamental role in advancing innovations that enhance transportation systems, it is important that research activities at ITD undergo a comprehensive evaluation to ensure that Research Program objectives are being met and that the Department is optimizing its return on investment. The results will be used to direct research funding toward impactful projects that address the highest priority interests of the Department and to support research activities that solve current problems within the constantly evolving needs of the transportation system.


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    • Status: Programmed
    • Contract Numbers:

      RP 319

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Idaho Transportation Department

      11331 W Chinden Blvd
      Boise, ID  United States  83714
    • Project Managers:

      Laib, Amanda

    • Start Date: 20240226
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01901005
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Idaho Transportation Department
    • Contract Numbers: RP 319
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Nov 29 2023 5:16PM