Preparing Work Zones for Automated and Connected Vehicles

To accelerate the adoption of advanced vehicle technology nationwide, work zone practitioners will need to identify ways in which they can better plan, design, and implement work zones to support current and future vehicles. This project will examine how transportation agencies, contractors, and other stakeholders can best plan, design, and implement work zones to accommodate and support connected and automated vehicle (CAV) operations. Through this project, the following research questions will be investigated: (1) What are the information/data requirements that CAVs will likely have in order to operate effectively in work zones? (2) What are the impediments to providing that data from the agency and contractor perspectives? (3) What are the other potential benefits of obtaining and providing that data to agencies and other work zone stakeholders? (4) What are the possible implementation approaches for work zone stakeholders to accommodate CAVs? (5) What are the research efforts and outcomes needed to achieve those implementations? Findings of this research will be disseminated via journal article(s) as well as presentation at state and national meetings of transportation professionals and industry. In addition to the more detailed results of the literature synthesis and structured interview results, a planning considerations document will be generated that will provide transportation agencies and original equipment manufactures (OEMs) with a short synopsis of the current state of the art in thinking about CV/AV work zone considerations and potential solutions. During this project we intend to recruit a CAV in work zones practitioner committee consisting of at least one representative from each of the following categories; (1) OEM representative with automated and connected vehicle responsibilities, (2) transportation agency/operator, (3) work zone contractor, and (4) connected vehicle technology vendor. The stakeholder group (1) will provide inputs as participants in the structured interview process, (2) help define a usable format for the output of this synthesis activity, and (3) review final work products.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $122227
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Safety through Disruption University Transportation Center

    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
    Blacksburg, VA  United States  24060
  • Project Managers:

    Harwood, Leslie

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135

    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

    3500 Transportation Research Plaza
    Blacksburg, Virginia  United States  24061

    San Diego State University

    5500 Campanile Dr
    San Diego, CA  United States  92182
  • Principal Investigators:

    Ullman, Jerry

    Mollenhauer, Michael

    Yang, Xianfeng (Terry)

  • Start Date: 20170101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180331
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01632295
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Safety through Disruption University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747115
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Apr 13 2017 6:44PM