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WSDOT Research Supports State Goals and Priorities

WSDOT selects research projects that align with and support the strategic priorities of the Governor and the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Research projects are shown by the Research Advisory Committees (RAC'S)
including: Project Delivery, Operations, Information and Finance and Multimodal Transportation.

This list includes the 2005-07 WSDOT Research projects and the goals, directions and strategies that each address:

Project Delivery - Research Projects 

BRIDGES & STRUCTURES



Precast Systems for Rapid Construction of Bridges – Experimental Verification

  • Governor’s Management Agenda - Make service delivery more responsive and, focus agency operations to improve performance and service delivery
  • Governor’s Key Goals - Accountability: Effectively and efficiently deliver the results citizens expect and are a priority for them
  • Priorities of Government - Improve the statewide mobility of people, goods, information and energy, and Strengthen government’s ability to achieve its results efficiently and effectively
  • WSDOT Business Directions - Optimize the operational efficiency and safety of the transportation systems and facilities committed to WSDOT’s charge.
  • Washington Transportation Plan - System Efficiencies

Learn more about the Precast Systems for Rapid Construction of Bridges - Experimental Verification research project.

CONSTRUCTION


Performance Based Contracting

  • Governor’s Management Agenda - Make service delivery more responsive and, focus agency operations to improve performance and service delivery
  • Governor’s Key Goals - Accountability: Effectively and efficiently deliver the results citizens expect and are a priority for them
  • Priorities of Government - Improve the statewide mobility of people, goods, information and energy, and Strengthen government’s ability to achieve its results efficiently and effectively
  • WSDOT Business Directions - Optimize the operational efficiency and safety of the transportation systems and facilities committed to WSDOT’s charge.
  • Washington Transportation Plan - System Efficiencies

Learn more about the Performance Based Contracting research project.

Improving the Project Scoping Process

  • Governor’s Management Agenda - Provide for clear accountability and performance for results.
  • Governor’s Key Goals - Accountability: Efficiently and effectively deliver the results citizens expect and are a priority for them
  • Priorities of Government - Strengthen government’s ability to achieve its results efficiently and effectively.
  • WSDOT Business Directions - Maintain and operate the transportation facilities and systems placed under the department’s responsibility making cost-effective use of the appropriations provided by the legislature from citizens, and Optimize the operational efficiency and safety of the transportation systems and facilities committed to WSDOT’s charge.
  • Washington Transportation Plan - System Preservation; System Efficiencies; Safety; Building Future Visions; and Health and the Environment.

Learn more about the Program Scoping State of the Practice research project.

PAVEMENTS


Rapid Portland Cement Construction and Long-Term Performance

  • Governor’s Management Agenda - Make service delivery more responsive and, focus agency operations to improve performance and service delivery
  • Governor’s Key Goals - Accountability: Effectively and efficiently deliver the results citizens expect and are a priority for them
  • Priorities of Government - Improve the statewide mobility of people, goods, information and energy, and Strengthen government’s ability to achieve its results efficiently and effectively
  • WSDOT Business Directions - Optimize the operational efficiency and safety of the transportation systems and facilities committed to WSDOT’s charge.
  • Washington Transportation Plan - System Efficiencies

Learn more about the Rapid Portland Cement Construction and Long-Term Performance research project.

Evaluation of Dowel Bar Retrofit for Long-Term Life

  • Governor’s Management Agenda - Make service delivery more responsive and, focus agency operations to improve performance and service delivery
  • Governor’s Key Goals - Accountability: Effectively and efficiently deliver the results citizens expect and are a priority for them
  • Priorities of Government - Improve the statewide mobility of people, goods, information and energy, and Strengthen government’s ability to achieve its results efficiently and effectively
  • WSDOT Business Directions - Optimize the operational efficiency and safety of the transportation systems and facilities committed to WSDOT’s charge
  • Washington Transportation Plan - System Preservation; System Efficiencies

Learn more about the Evaluation of Dowel Bar Retrofit for Long-Term Life reserach project.

Bituminous Surface Treatment Protocol Development

  • Governor’s Management Agenda - Make service delivery more responsive and, focus agency operations to improve performance and service delivery
  • Governor’s Key Goals - Accountability: Effectively and efficiently deliver the results citizens expect and are a priority for them
  • Priorities of Government - Improve the statewide mobility of people, goods, information and energy, and Strengthen government’s ability to achieve its results efficiently and effectively
  • WSDOT Business Directions - Optimize the operational efficiency and safety of the transportation systems and facilities committed to WSDOT’s charge
  • Washington Transportation Plan - System Preservation; System Efficiencies

Learn more about the Bituminous Surface Treatment Protocol Development research project.

DESIGN


Cost-Effective Safety Improvements for Two-Lane Rural Roads

  • Governor’s Management Agenda - Make service delivery more responsive and, focus agency operations to improve performance and service delivery
  • Governor’s Key Goals - Accountability: Effectively and efficiently deliver the results citizens expect and are a priority for them
  • Priorities of Government - Improve the statewide mobility of people, goods, information and energy, and Strengthen government’s ability to achieve its results efficiently and effectively
  • WSDOT Business Directions - Optimize the operational efficiency and safety of the transportation systems and facilities committed to WSDOT’s charge
  • Washington Transportation Plan - System Preservation; System Efficiencies; Safety

Learn more about the Cost-Effective Safety Improvements for Two-Lane Rural Roads research project.

ENVIRONMENT


Highway Stormwater Research

  • Governor’s Key Goals - Protect our Environmental Legacy and Salmon Policy
  • Priorities of Government - Improve the quality of Washington’s natural resources
  • WSDOT Business Directions - Plan and build (deliver) capital investment projects for our transportation systems in accordance with the instructions of the legislature
  • Washington Transportation Plan - Health and Environment

Learn more about the Highway Stormwater Research project.

Research efforts to identify state of the art, cost effective solutions for designing, constructing and maintaining highway stormwater systems is an important strategy to protect Washington's valuable water resources. A description of these stormwater management strategies can be found at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Environment/WaterQuality/.

Effects of Pile Driving on Species

  • Governor’s Key Goals: Protect our Environmental Legacy and Salmon Policy
  • Priorities of Government - Improve the quality of Washington’s natural resources
  • WSDOT Business Directions - Plan and build (deliver) capital investment projects for our transportation systems in accordance with the instructions of the legislature.
  • Washington Transportation Plan - Health and Environment

Learn more about the Effects of Pile Driving on Species research project.

Culvert Testing for Fish Passage at the Skookumchuck Test Bed

  • Governor’s Key Goals - Protect our Environmental Legacy and Salmon Policy
  • Priorities of Government - Improve the quality of Washington’s natural resources
  • WSDOT Business Directions - Plan and build (deliver) capital investment projects for our transportation systems in accordance with the instructions of the legislature.
  • Washington Transportation Plan - Health and Environment

Learn more about the Culvert Testing for Fish Passage at the Skookumchuck Test Bed research project.

Learn more about Project Delivery projects and the Project Delivery Research Advisory Committee (RAC).

Operations - Research Projects 

SECURITY


Prioritization of Transportation Security Projects

  • Governor’s Management Agenda - Provide for clear accountability and performance for results.
  • Governor’s Key Goals - Accountability: Efficiently and effectively deliver the results citizens expect and are a priority for them.
  • Priorities of Government - Strengthen government’s ability to achieve its results efficiently and effectively.
  • WSDOT Business Directions - Maintain and operate the transportation facilities and systems placed under the department’s responsibility making cost-effective use of the appropriations provided by the legislature from citizens, and Optimize the operational efficiency and safety of the transportation systems and facilities committed to WSDOT’s charge.
  • Washington Transportation Plan - System Preservation; System Efficiencies; Safety; Building Future Visions; and Health and the Environment.

Learn more about the Prioritization of Transportation Security Projects research project.

TRAFFIC


Continuing Recurring/Non-Recurring Congestion Research

  • Governor’s Management Agenda - Provide for clear accountability and performance for results
  • Governor’s Key Goals - Accountability: Efficiently and effectively deliver the results citizens expect and are a priority for them
  • Priorities of Government - Strengthen government’s ability to achieve its results efficiently and effectively
  • WSDOT Business Directions - Maintain and operate the transportation facilities and systems placed under the department’s responsibility making cost-effective use of the appropriations provided by the legislature from citizens, and Optimize the operational efficiency and safety of the transportation systems and facilities committed to WSDOT’s charge
  • Washington Transportation Plan - System Preservation; System Efficiencies; Safety; Building Future Visions; and Health and the Environment

Learn more about the Continuing Recurring/Non-Recurring Congestion Research project.

HOV lane use-conversion to HOT lanes

  • Governor’s Management Agenda - Provide for clear accountability and performance for results
  • Governor’s Key Goals - Accountability: Efficiently and effectively deliver the results citizens expect and are a priority for them
  • Priorities of Government - Strengthen government’s ability to achieve its results efficiently and effectively
  • WSDOT Business Directions - Maintain and operate the transportation facilities and systems placed under the department’s responsibility making cost-effective use of the appropriations provided by the legislature from citizens, and Optimize the operational efficiency and safety of the transportation systems and facilities committed to WSDOT’s charge
  • Washington Transportation Plan - System Efficiencies; Safety; Building Future Visions ;and Health and the Environment

Learn more about HOV Lane Use - Conversion to HOT Lanes research project.

MAINTENANCE


Long-term Corrosion Impacts from Highway Snow and Ice Control Chemicals

  • Governor’s Key Goals - Accountability: Effectively and efficiently deliver the results citizens expect and are a priority for them
  • Governor’s Management Agenda - Provide for clear accountability and performance for results, Customer engagement in setting service standards and performance measurement
  • Priorities of Government - Improve the quality of Washington’s natural resources, Strengthen government’s ability to achieve its results efficiently and effectively.
  • WSDOT Business Directions - Optimize the operational efficiency and safety of the transportation systems and facilities committed to WSDOT’s charge.
  • Washington Transportation Plan - Health and Environment

Learn more about the Long-term Corrosion Impacts from Highway Snow and Ice Control Chemicals research projects.

INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS


Investigate Statewide Archive and Make Recommendations

  • Governor’s Management Agenda - Provide for clear accountability and performance for results.
  • Governor’s Key Goals - Accountability: Efficiently and effectively deliver the results citizens expect and are a priority for them.
  • Priorities of Government - Strengthen government’s ability to achieve its results efficiently and effectively.
  • WSDOT Business Directions - Maintain and operate the transportation facilities and systems placed under the department’s responsibility making cost-effective use of the appropriations provided by the legislature from citizens, and Optimize the operational efficiency and safety of the transportation systems and facilities committed to WSDOT’s charge.
  • Washington Transportation Plan - System Preservation; System Efficiencies

Learn more about the Investigate Statewide Archive and Make Recommendations research project.

Learn more about Operations projects and the Operations Research Advisory Committee (RAC).


Information and Finance - Research Projects 

Creating a Viable Transportation Funding System

  • Governor’s Management Agenda -Provide for clear accountability and performance for results.
  • Governor’s Key Goals - Accountability: Efficiently and effectively deliver the results citizens expect and are a priority for them.
  • Priorities of Government - Strengthen government’s ability to achieve its results efficiently and effectively.
  • WSDOT Business Directions - Maintain and operate the transportation facilities and systems placed under the department’s responsibility making cost-effective use of the appropriations provided by the legislature from citizens, and Optimize the2 operational efficiency and safety of the transportation systems and facilities committed to WSDOT’s charge.
  • Washington Transportation Plan - System Preservation; System Efficiencies; Safety; Building Future Visions; and Health and the Environment.

Learn more about Creating a Viable Transportation Funding System research project.

Learn more about Information and Finance Research projects and the Information and Finance Research Advisory Committee (RAC).


Multimodal Transportation - Research Projects 

PEDESTRIAN

Pedestrian Safety Treatments

  • Governor’s Management Agenda - Provide for clear accountability and performance for results
  • Governor’s Key Goals - Accountability: Efficiently and effectively deliver the results citizens expect and are a priority for them
  • WSDOT Business Directions - Maintain and operate the transportation facilities and systems placed under the department’s responsibility making cost-effective use of the appropriations provided by the legislature from citizens, and Optimize the operational efficiency and safety of the transportation systems and facilities committed to WSDOT’s charge
  • Washington Transportation Plan - System Preservation; System Efficiencies; Safety; Building Future Visions; and Health and the Environment

Learn more about the Pedestrian Safety Treatments research projects.

Identification and Analysis of Pedestrian Risk Locations

  • Governor’s Management Agenda - Provide for clear accountability and performance for results
  • Governor’s Key Goals - Accountability: Efficiently and effectively deliver the results citizens expect and are a priority for them
  • Priorities of Government - Strengthen government’s ability to achieve its results efficiently and effectively
  • WSDOT Business Directions - Maintain and operate the transportation facilities and systems placed under the department’s responsibility making cost-effective use of the appropriations provided by the legislature from citizens, and Optimize the operational efficiency and safety of the transportation systems and facilities committed to WSDOT’s charge
  • Washington Transportation Plan - System Preservation; System Efficiencies; Safety; Building Future Visions; and Health and the Environment

Learn more about the Identification and Analysis of Pedestrian Risk Locations research project.

FREIGHT

Development of a Washington State Freight Data System

  • Governor’s Management Agenda - Provide for clear accountability and performance for results
  • Governor’s Key Goals - Accountability: Efficiently and effectively deliver the results citizens expect and are a priority for them
  • Priorities of Government - Strengthen government’s ability to achieve its results efficiently and effectively
  • WSDOT Business Directions -  Maintain and operate the transportation facilities and systems placed under the department’s responsibility making cost-effective use of the appropriations provided by the legislature from citizens, and Optimize the operational efficiency and safety of the transportation systems and facilities committed to WSDOT’s charge
  • Washington Transportation Plan - System Preservation, System Efficiencies, Safety, Building Future Visions, and Health and the Environment

Learn more about the Development of a Washington State Freight Data System research project.

Learn more about Multimodal projects and the Multimodal Research Advisory Committee (RAC).