Multimodal

Piloting Data-Driven Parking Management Strategies in the Capitol Complex

The project seeks to pilot a data-driven parking demand management strategy that meets the needs of multiple user types and maximizes utilization of surface parking while providing flexibility for commuters who want to use other transportation options some of the time. The Minnesota Department of Administration manages parking on the Capitol Complex; as the number of state employees continues to grow in the Complex, ...more »

Submitted by (@lisa.austin)

Idea Submitted by : Lisa Ausitn, Becky Alper (St. Paul Smart Trips) and Kelly Morrell (Metro Transit)

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : Office of Transit

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Tim Henkel

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

Smart parking management is key to any regional travel demand management program. The State Capitol Complex is a job center which generates thousands of trips on Twin Cities roads at peak demand times. Demonstrating the value of data-driven parking management, as opposed to investing millions in additional supply, allows the State and the metropolitan region to promote such strategies to other major regional employers. What is learned from this pilot will inform parking management decisions all of the state.

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Environment

Training Module for the Tailgate Test for Determining Appropriate Sediment-reducing Chemicals/Dosage

A training module for construction site field personnel is needed for a recently-completed project that developed a practical sediment control method for fine silt/clay sediment that is especially difficult to manage in runoff from construction sites. The Tailgate Test Kit quickly and easily identifies flocculants that reduce turbidity in construction stormwater discharge. The mobile test setup efficiently determines ...more »

Submitted by (@moderator)

Idea Submitted by : Dwayne Stenlund

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : MnDOT Office of Environmental Stewardship

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Dwayne Stenlund

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

This method can be used to improve environmental compliance on construction sites with fine silt or clay sediments in the stormwater runoff, where there are no effective alternative control measures.

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Maintenance Operations

360-degree Point Cloud photography and reconnaissance drones to ID and resolve facilities problems

Office of Maintenance Building Services Section is proposing to test the use of a 360-degree Point Cloud camera for internal and external facility use as well as a reconnaissance drone for external facility inspection at several key locations. These two technologies would be used in tandem to evaluate the condition and performance of our facilities building systems, from exterior envelope (roofs, siding, doors, walls ...more »

Submitted by (@chris.moates)

Idea Submitted by : Chris Moates

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : MnDOT Office of Maintenance

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Steve Lund

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

This is an opportunity to determine if the use of this technology would be beneficial for a statewide application. There are 137 truck stations and 18 district headquarter sites where this technology could eventually be used. Benefits to users, and hence the State, would include time and travel cost savings from not having to visit sites to resolve issues. This is especially important when responding to immediate building concerns requiring interaction between district or special service personnel and Building Services staff, as well as contractors.

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Maintenance Operations

Implementation of Wet or Soft Soil Crossing Technology

Maintenance and construction operations need to cross and stage over wetlands or low bearing capacity soils to perform necessary state work. Various permits require wetland avoidance or minimization of impacts. Additional environmental commitments include minimizing or preventing soil compaction, preservation of soil function and structure, preservation of the native plant community, preservation of soil habitat for ground ...more »

Submitted by (@dwayne.stenlund)

Idea Submitted by : Scott Bradley

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : Central Office, St Paul

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Dwayne Stenlund

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

Priority to allow maintenance to perform all-season work operations and construction to stage within restricted footprint, regardless of equipment type. The benefits are temporary work in wetlands and other soft soils that prevent compaction, allow winter tree removal for endangered bat avoidance, repairs to noise walls and other infrastructure in wet areas. This has statewide benefits for all road authorities for construction and maintenance of the infrastructure, regardless of season and soil type and will enhance financial effectiveness by allowing both work and meeting environmental commitments..

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Maintenance Operations

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) - Pond and Stormsewer Inspection and Data Collection

MnDOT Metro District has over 600 stormwater ponds to manage. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have proven beneficial for the inspection and maintenance of bridges. Could the same technology be used to assist Metro District in the management of these ponds? The ponds tend to be very difficult to survey. Most are overgrown with vegetation and to survey pond bottom a boat is required. We would like to develop a ...more »

Submitted by (@alan.rindels)

Idea Submitted by : Alan Rindels, MnDOT Metro Pond Reconstruction Project Manager

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : Metro District Water Resources

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Alan Rindels and Beth Neuendorf

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

The costs for sending a survey crew to a pond site, the costs associated with launching a boat and doing soundings of the 60 ponds would cost roughly $250,000. However, many of our ponds are adjacent to freeways and safe access is a concern. Traffic control may be necessary to safely survey the ponds. To be able to collect this information in a safe fashion with the minimum impact to the traveling public is a very big benefit.

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Maintenance Operations

Non-invasive road sensors in RWIS and AVL systems

Implement non-invasive road sensors in RWIS and AVL systems.

Submitted by (@mindo22)

Idea Submitted by : Jon Bjorkquist

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : MNDOT Operations Division Office of Maintenance (RWT)

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Joe Huneke

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

Current passive road sensors are imbedded in the road surface. Whenever there is a construction or maintenance project that impacts the road surface (mill and overlay, sealcoating, patching, etc.), the imbedded sensor must be replaced. This, and periodic RWIS site and sensor maintenance, requires lane closures and cutting the road surface to install the sensor and cables. The non-invasive sensors are attached to the RWIS tower or a pole near the roadway and uses laser technology to read the road surface temperature and condition; subsequently, future road projects do not impact the sensor and periodic maintenance does not require lane closures.

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : MnDOT Research

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Bridge and Structures

Integrating Climate Change Vulnerability Metrics into BRIM and TAMS

In 2014, MnDOT conducted a pilot project to better understand the vulnerability of the state’s trunk highway system to flash flood events. MnDOT developed asset vulnerability scores for bridges, large culverts, and pipes in Districts 1 and 6 using a series of weighted metrics. This project will build on the pilot with the goal of integrating key metrics from the 2014 study into decision-making at the agency. To achieve ...more »

Submitted by (@siri.simons)

Idea Submitted by : Siri Simons

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : OTSM

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Philip Schaffner; Solomon Woldeamlak

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

Minnesota’s climate is changing, including the frequency of larger rainfall events. Understanding how climate change impacts MnDOT’s assets will help identify infrastructure that may be more vulnerable to flooding and other issues that could impact public safety and associated cost to MnDOT.

The FAST Act requires states to consider improving the resiliency and reliability of the transportation system in planning and programming as well as developing risk-based asset management plans. At the state level, the Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan includes a System Stewardship strategy to proactively identify risks to the transportation system in order to prioritize mitigation and response activities. The SMTP also includes a short term work plan item to identify vulnerabilities and assess risks to the transportation, specifically referencing the changing risks of flooding.

This project will provide staff with new information to help mitigate risks to our statewide infrastructure.

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Bridge and Structures

Lightwieght Architectural Slope Panels

The pavers are 2' x 4' x 3" with a tongue and grove around the edges with a 1" architectural surface. The pavers are made with foam concrete and fibers for reinforcement and weigh less than 80lbs each.

Submitted by (@steven.lanz)

Idea Submitted by : Steven Lanz Jr.

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : Oakdale Construction Office

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Steven Lanz Jr

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

The way that slope paving is currently done, the panels are poured in vertical strips and from the top down. With every other one being poured, the material where the contractor is working gets disturbed and never gets recompacted and the rebar doesn't get incorporated into the concrete. With the way that I'm implemting the panels is to place them from the bottom to the top and left to right. Also, you would be able to remove the panels if there is a problem under the panels. It would also take you less time to do a section of slope paving.

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Bridge and Structures

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) - Metro District Bridge Inspection Implementation

Drones for bridge inspection research has been completed by MnDOT in multiple phases since 2015. As of summer 2017, Phase III of this research began using the senseFly albris and the Flyability Elios, a collision-tolerant drone more suited to confined spaces such as box girders, culverts, or areas that are difficult to access. Due to the success of this research, MnDOT Metro District purchased the Elios drone to supplement ...more »

Submitted by (@jennifer.wells)

Idea Submitted by : Jennifer Wells

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : Metro District - Bridge

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Jennifer Wells

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

Access restrictions to bridges for inspection have been a main issue in the Metro District for decades. The implementation of drones for bridge inspection will allow inspectors to gain access to critical bridge components and document current conditions that otherwise have not been thoroughly documented in the past. With this access gained, quality of bridge inspection data will improve and will also improve safety by reducing traffic impacts.

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Bridge and Structures

Evaluation of ECE, FRP, and Sealers for Corrosion Mitigation in Reinforced Concrete Bridges

In 1998 MnDOT commissioned a research project to investigate concrete repair strategies by using chloride extraction process, fiber reinforced polymer wrapping (FRP), and penetrating sealants. Completed in 1999, the repairs have seen 20 years of service and the long term results of such techniques are now ready to be assessed. The current research proposal will determine the effectiveness of the repair techniques implemented ...more »

Submitted by (@paul.pilarski)

Idea Submitted by : Paul Pilarski

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : Bridge Office, Oakdale

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Kevin Western

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

Asset management and maintenance of bridges requires knowledge of not only up front repair cost, but the expected life. This project will give direct feedback on different repair and preservation techniques implemented 20 years ago on a heavily traveled bridge that remains in service. This project is important because when repair techniques are developed the big uncertainty is the predicted life estimate. There is very little long term data to substantiate repair life estimates. This study will show the effectiveness of different repair strategies from actual bridge repairs performed 20 years ago, where the repairs performed comprise both state of the art techniques and traditional techniques.

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Policy and Planning

Implementing Interactive Public Engagement Online Interface

In order for the public to fully engage in MnDOT's work, it is crucial that the public better understand MnDOT's processes and the ways in which their engagement will contribute to those processes. MnDOT's Office of Public Engagement and Constituent Services has therefore created a tool (the "Project Development Continuum") to explain MnDOT's highway project development process including both the technical and human components ...more »

Submitted by (@renee.raduenz)

Idea Submitted by : Renee Raduenz

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : MnDOT Central Office, Public Engagement & Constituent Services Office

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Richard D. Davis, PECS Director

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

This project fits MnDOT's "engagement, communications and education" focus area within the Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan (SMTP), MnDOT's WIG 2.0 efforts to build customer trust, the State of Minnesota's Statewide Civic Engagement efforts, and the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) efforts to improve public engagement during the scoping phase of projects. The primary benefit is making MnDOT's public engagement efforts more accessible and understandable, which should lead to better and more engagement. By having better engagement, MnDOT can improve the ways in which it includes the public's perspective into its work.

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Spatial Analysis of Agriculture Supply Chain to Assess Transportation Impacts

Efficient agriculture movement is critical to Minnesota’s economic health. In the past two decades, the agriculture supply chain experienced a number of market, technological, and policy innovations that have directly influenced the way producers and wholesalers navigate their local freight networks. With producers’ reliance on rural and urban roadways projected to grow, so too are concerns for accelerated pavement degradation, ...more »

Submitted by (@lmunnich)

Idea Submitted by : Lee Munnich

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Jon Huseby, District Engineer, MnDOT District 8 (Willmar)

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

As rural and urban roads assume a more exaggerated responsibility for connecting agricultural products to the market place, local freight planners are increasingly seeking informed, innovative solutions to address the growing industry’s transportation needs.

Outcomes of this study can inform MnDOT district and strategic freight network investments. Specific potential benefits include:

-identification of trends in specific districts of the state, that can inform local decision making, such as roadway improvement priorities

-identification of statewide trends, that can inform strategic freight investments

-provision of maps than can be used to facilitate a broader understanding of agriculture supply chain and transportation implications, including among the public and policy makers.

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : Joint MnDOT/LRRB Research

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