Research for AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways. Task 424. AASHTO Guidelines for the Operation of Movable Bridges from Remote Locations

As technology improves, an increasing number of highway and railroad bridge owners are exploring the possibility of operating their movable bridges from a remote location. The potential cost savings for State Department of Transportation (DOT) agencies and Local governments, railroad bridge owners and other bridge owners by replacing onsite movable bridge tenders with remote operating systems are expected to be significant. However, extensive research is required to evaluate the risks associated with remote operations, establish the requirements for reliable remote bridge operating systems, and establish Best Practices that ensure that both maritime and land traffic can transit these bridges safely with minimal delay. Of particular concern is the cyber-security risk associated with remote operating systems and considerations for reducing that risk. Cyber-attacks on these systems have the potential of causing major loss of life and severely damaging the nation's critical infrastructure, equaling or exceeding the effects of conventional attacks. The research will provide recommendations of establishing cyber-security for remote bridge operating systems. The objective of this project was to propose AASHTO guidelines for best practices of reliable remote roadway movable bridge operating systems and evaluate risks associated with remote bridge operation. The guidelines will assist state DOT and other bridge owners to operate their bridges remotely. Remote operating systems should be compatible with other remote type systems in place within agencies for ease of deployment, training, and maintenance.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $100000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-07, Task 424

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Dekelbab, Waseem

  • Performing Organizations:

    HDR Engineering Inc.

  • Principal Investigators:

    Moses, Robert

  • Start Date: 20190820
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200819
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01716660
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-07, Task 424
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Sep 16 2019 9:10PM