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2023 N A T I O N A L C O O P E R A T I V E H I G H W A Y R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M NCHRP RESEARCH REPORT 1051 Preparing Transportation Agencies for Connected and Automated Vehicles in Work Zones Luke Neurauter Tammy Trimble Eric Li Alejandra Medina-Flintsch Travis Terry Stephanie Baker Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, VA Paul Pisano Paul Pisano, LLC Arlington, VA Subscriber Categories Operations and Trafc Management â¢ Safety and Human Factors Research sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Ofcials in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration
NATIONAL COOPERATIVE HIGHWAY RESEARCH PROGRAM Systematic, well-designed, and implementable research is the most effective way to solve many problems facing state departments of transportation (DOTs) administrators and engineers. Often, highway problems are of local or regional interest and can best be studied by state DOTs individually or in cooperation with their state universities and others. However, the accelerating growth of highway transporta- tion results in increasingly complex problems of wide interest to high- way authorities. These problems are best studied through a coordinated program of cooperative research. Recognizing this need, the leadership of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in 1962 ini- tiated an objective national highway research program using modern scientific techniquesâthe National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). NCHRP is supported on a continuing basis by funds from participating member states of AASHTO and receives the full cooperation and support of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), United States Department of Transportation, under Agree- ment No. 693JJ31950003. The Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine was requested by AASHTO to administer the research program because of TRBâs recognized objectivity and understanding of modern research practices. TRB is uniquely suited for this purpose for many reasons: TRB maintains an extensive com- mittee structure from which authorities on any highway transportation subject may be drawn; TRB possesses avenues of communications and cooperation with federal, state, and local governmental agencies, univer- sities, and industry; TRBâs relationship to the National Academies is an insurance of objectivity; and TRB maintains a full-time staff of special- ists in highway transportation matters to bring the findings of research directly to those in a position to use them. The program is developed on the basis of research needs iden- tified by chief administrators and other staff of the highway and transportation departments, by committees of AASHTO, and by the FHWA. Topics of the highest merit are selected by the AASHTO Special Committee on Research and Innovation (R&I), and each year R&Iâs recommendations are proposed to the AASHTO Board of Direc- tors and the National Academies. 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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S AUTHOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The research reported herein was performed under NCHRP Project 20-102(28) by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) with support from Paul Pisano, LLC. Mr. Luke Neurauter, Director of the Division of Vehicle, Driver & System Safety, was the Project Director and Principal Investigator. The other authors of this report are Dr. Tammy Trimble, Co-Principal Investigator and Research Scientist, Division of Data and Analytics; Dr. Eric Li, PhD, PE, Research Scientist, Division of Technology Implementation; Alejandra Medina-Flintsch, Senior Research Associate, Division of Technology Implementation; Travis Terry, previously Senior Research Associate, Division of Technology Implementation; and Stephanie Baker, Senior Research Associate, Division of Data and Analytics. The researchers were supported by Paul Pisano, Principal, Paul Pisano, LLC. CRP STAFF FOR NCHRP RESEARCH REPORT 1051 Waseem Dekelbab, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs, and Manager, National Cooperative Highway Research Program David M. Jared, Senior Program Officer Mazen Alsharif, Senior Program Assistant Natalie Barnes, Director of Publications Heather DiAngelis, Associate Director of Publications Kami Cabral, Editor NCHRP PROJECT 20-102(28) PANEL Field of Special Projects Mark Kopko, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Harrisburg, PA (Chair) Chris Ryan Brookes, Michigan Department of Transportation, Lansing, MI Paul J. Carlson, Automated Roads, Greensboro, NC Melissa Lynn Clark, California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS), Sacramento, CA David Durman, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Frankfort, KY Niloo Parvinashtiani, Iteris Inc., Fairfax, VA Yi-Chang James Tsai, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta, GA Joshua Van Jura, Utah Department of Transportation, Taylorsville, UT Martha C. Kapitanov, FHWA Liaison Patrick B. Zelinski, AASHTO Liaison
NCHRP Research Report 1051 presents guidelines to help state departments of transpor- tation (DOTs) prepare for the impacts that connected and automated vehicle (CAV) tech- nologies will have on work zone environments. The guidelines will be of interest to state DOTs seeking to optimize safety and efficiency as CAV technologies are deployed in various work zone environments. The guidelines are supplemented by educational materials that identify CAV technologies, assess their benefits and challenges, and expedite their implementation in work zones. Connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies are advancing rapidly. The extent to which CAVs will successfully assimilate into the driving environment will depend on how well the technologies are able to establish and maintain accurate and timely situational awareness of the roadway environment as the vehicles move from point to point, including timely awareness of temporary changes to that environment. Studies have confirmed that work zones are one of the more difficult environments for CAVs to navigate. Besides rapidly changing conditions, work zone layouts can vary significantly. Efforts are underway on several fronts to address these and other challenges, with the goal of developing CAV capa- bilities for work zones. Considering the various challenges that work zones pose to CAVs and to support national efforts to promote work zone safety, research was needed to help transportation agencies prepare for CAVs in these environments. Under NCHRP Project 20-102(28), âPreparing Transportation Agencies for Connected and Automated Vehicles in Work Zones,â Virginia Tech Transportation Institute was asked to (1) identify technical needs and potential impacts of CAVs in work zones; (2) document deployed and planned practices for CAVs in work zones; (3) evaluate the qualitative and quantitative benefits of these practices; (4) identify research needed for addressing gaps in implementing various CAV practices; and (5) educate stakeholders on research findings through webinars and other materials. The investigation not only considered relevant tech- nologies but also their relative impacts. Gaps in knowledge were supplemented through stakeholder outreach that included state DOTs and industry. In addition to NCHRP Research Report 1051, four deliverables are available on the National Academies Press website (nap.nationalacademies.org) by searching for NCHRP Research Report 1051: Preparing Transportation Agencies for Connected and Automated Vehicles in Work Zones. The deliverables are as follows: â¢ A framework for assessing the benefits and challenges of CAVs in work zones. â¢ An overview of CAV technologies, both vehicle- and infrastructure-based, in work zones. â¢ A resource guide to expedite implementation of CAVs in work zones. â¢ A plan that identifies mechanisms and channels for communicating and implementing this research. F O R E W O R D By David M. Jared Staff Officer Transportation Research Board
1 Summary 6 Chapter 1 Introduction 6 Project Objectives 7 Research Approach 8 Chapter 2 Background and Literature Review 9 CAVs 14 CAV Applications 17 CV Deployments and Readiness 19 CV Testing and Prototypes 22 Intelligent Transportation Systems 23 Advanced Work Zone Technologies 27 Work Zone Data 28 Worker Benefits of CAVs 29 Chapter 3 Stakeholder Outreach 29 Survey Approach 34 Guided Discussion Approach 35 Qualitative Analysis Approach 36 Key Takeaways 36 Educational Outreach 38 Chapter 4 Framework for Conducting BCAs 39 CAV Application Deployment Costs 42 CAV Work Zone Application Benefits 44 CAV Work Zone Application Challenges 46 BCA 49 Summary of BCAs 52 Chapter 5 Conclusions and Suggested Research 52 Conclusions 52 Dissemination of Research Results 53 Issues Affecting Potential Implementation 53 Suggested Research 55 References and Other Resources 62 Acronyms C O N T E N T S
65 Appendix A Online Survey 73 Appendix B Evaluation of BCAs of CAV Work Zone Applications 114 Appendix C Research Problem Statements Note: Photographs, figures, and tables in this report may have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. The electronic version of the report (posted on the web at nap.nationalacademies.org) retains the color versions.