Development of an Automated Access Management System for Highway Driveway Access

In late 2000, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Research commissioned a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research project to explore methodologies for automated management of additions/deletions of driveways to highway systems. Successful execution of Phase I led to a Phase II effort to develop a prototype software system for use by various state highway departments to evaluate and monitor additions and deletions of driveways to highway systems, including fee structure, development changes, plus owner and highway agency compensation issues. The proposed approach was to use accurate 3D stereo imagery as a foundational user interface and analysis tool. Prior work with District 3, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) had resulted in development of accurate 3D stereo imagery for use in collection of roadway characteristics/asset information. This provided an excellent opportunity to expand the use of this imagery for a new transportation management application. Phase I of the effort investigated the current issues and challenges associated with access management permitting in District 3 FDOT. An assessment was made of the enabling technologies that would be needed to build a prototype to solve these challenges. Development of the prototype was begun in December 2002 with functional deliveries staged at 12, 16, and 22 months. Stage I development has proceeded at a satisfactory rate and initial prototype capabilities are currently being reviewed by a commercial engineering firm and at District 3 FDOT offices.