Aurora Program

The Aurora Program is a consortium of public road agencies focused on collaborative research, evaluation, and deployment of advanced technologies for detailed road weather monitoring and forecasting. Members seek to implement advanced road weather information systems (RWIS) that fully integrate state-of-the-art roadway and weather forecasting technologies with coordinated, multi-agency weather monitoring infrastructures. Aurora's research projects are designed to improve the efficiency of highway maintenance operations and distribute effective real-time information to travelers. Its initiatives are expected to result in technological advancement and improvement of existing RWIS, significantly reducing the adverse impacts of inclement weather on mobility. Six primary goals are to: (1) improve dissemination of road weather information to transportation providers and end users, ultimately increasing safety by reducing potential weather-related incidents and improving transportation safety, reliability, and mobility in both urban and rural areas; (2) improve the efficiency of maintenance operations; (3) aid in the development of technologies that seamlessly integrate to facilitate the formation of partnerships between maintenance and operations and facilitate the dissemination of road weather information; (4) develop initiatives that assist public agencies in deploying RWIS technologies and methodologies; (5) encourage greater cooperation and information exchange between transportation agencies and the other agencies and groups; and (6) support development of expanded uses of RWIS technologies. Defined areas of interest on which to focus its research program are: Decision Support Systems, Meso-scale Modeling, standards and Architecture; Small-scale Modeling and Analysis, Information Dissemination Technologies; Equipment Evaluations, Road Condition Monitoring; Innovative weather-related Data Collection and Dissemination Instrumentation and Methodologies.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $1750000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    New York State Department of Transportation

    50 Wolf Road
    Albany, NY  United States  12232

    Virginia Department of Transportation

    1401 East Broad Street
    Richmond, VA  United States  23219

    Utah Department of Transportation

    4501 South 2700 West
    Project Development
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84114-8380

    Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

    Keystone Building
    400 North Street
    Harrisburg, PA  United States  17120

    Ohio Department of Transportation

    Research Program
    1980 West Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  United States  43223

    North Dakota Department of Transportation

    608 East Boulevard Avenue
    Bismarck, ND  United States  58505-0700

    Minnesota Department of Transportation

    395 John Ireland Boulevard
    St Paul, MN  United States  55155

    Michigan Department of Transportation

    Van Wagoner Building
    425 W. Ottawa Street
    Lansing, MI  United States  48909

    Kansas Department of Transportation

    Eisenhower State Office Building
    700 SW Harrison Street
    Topeka, KS  United States  66603-3754

    Iowa Department of Transportation

    800 Lincoln Way
    Ames, IA  United States  50010

    Illinois Department of Transportation

    2300 S. Dirksen Parkway
    Springfield, IL  United States  62764

    California Department of Transportation

    1227 O Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95843

    Colorado Department of Transportation

    4201 East Arkansas Avenue
    Denver, CO  United States  80222

    Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

    2301 Peger Road
    Fairbanks, AK  United States  99701

    Arizona Department of Transportation

    206 South 17th Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ  United States  85007

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation

    4802 Sheboygan Avenue
    Madison, WI  United States  53707

    Delaware Department of Transportation

    800 S Bay Road
    P.O. Box 778
    Dover, DE  United States  19903
  • Project Managers:

    Clute, Khyle

  • Start Date: 20140801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190531
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 42327

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01582988
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(290)
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 22 2015 1:01AM