Category Archives: Transportation Systems Management and Operations

Iowa operator training

Lakeside Engineers is providing 14 operator trainings for Iowa DOT and consultants between the months of August 2014, and July 2015.

General Tasks

Participants are trained to:

  • Effectively navigate a DOT control room
  • Provide 24-hour services
  • Understand and manage control room functions
  • Communicate responsibly with the public and DOT personnel
  • Manage multiple simultaneous large-scale traffic incident events
  • Post and manage emergency events and notifications for many scenarios, including: amber alerts, highway HazMat spills, earthquakes, and more.

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MVE program support

Lakeside Engineers completed a program planning study for the Iowa DOT Office of Motor Vehicle Enforcement which involved articulating recommendations to guide continued investment in and future enhancements to their Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) safety and weight enforcement facilities, technology, and related resources. This project accomplished the five primary goals including:

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  1. Identify best practices in CMV safety and weight enforcement operations and practice to inform and guide Iowa DOT decision-making
  2. Assess current DOT CMV safety and weight enforcement facilities and related technology
  3. Develop a basis for data-driven decisions regarding on-going and future investment in CMV safety and weight enforcement facilities, technology, and related resources, using the best available current and forecasted measures of CMV travel demand
  4. Recommend guiding principles for CMV safety and weight enforcement operations, as well as short-term revisions to and investments in those operations
  5. Develop a deployment strategy to implement report recommendations including identifying available grants or funding opportunities for freight specific projects

 

Lakeside Engineers continues to support the Motor Vehicle Enforcement program with on-site staff to provide assistance with facility maintenance activities, development of performance measures, drafting an Expanded CVISN Top Level Design plan, and calibrating existing WIM equipment.

Iowa ETO program administration

Since 2011, Lakeside Engineers has provided support to the Iowa DOT Emergency Traffic Operations (ETO) program. This project has involved providing services to assist Iowa DOT and the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) to identify, coordinate and integrate traffic operations safety and emergency response activities. A key task in the project has been development and delivery of training and table-top exercises to improve the effectiveness of Iowa DOT/DPS emergency transportation operations. Another critically important work element has been integrating traffic operations systems, infrastructure and resources among DOT, DPS and key partners, including the interoperability of communication systems.

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Lakeside staff facilitate monthly joint meetings of DOT/DPS senior managers and helped develop a formal DOT/DPS integration plan. Other project work elements have had Lakeside staff advising DOT/DPS on traffic operations-related legislative initiatives, developing and delivering an Incident Command System (ICS) training program for personnel in both agencies, and assisting a joint agency work group to develop and implement a statewide Emergency Transportation Operations (ETO) Plan. Successful delivery of all work products requested by Iowa DOT during this on-going project has given Lakeside the unique benefit of current hands-on experience with and insight on Iowa’s statewide and corridor-specific challenges to traffic operations and emergency response.

Wisconsin ETO program administration

Lakeside Engineers is providing on-site Emergency Transportation Operations (ETO) support services at the WisDOT, Statewide Traffic Operations Center (STOC) to administer the statewide ETO Program.

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General Tasks

Provide professional on-scene support during declared ETO events

Coordinate after-action reviews (AARs), and compile and submit recommendations

Interact and coordinate with Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Wisconsin Homeland Security Council, the Wisconsin Interagency Working Group, the Transportation Infrastructure Security Group, and the Catastrophic Planning and Preparedness Committee

Assist with ETO Oversight Committee monthly meetings and biannual joint peer exchanges

Design and administer ETO training exercises to each WisDOT region during the spring and fall of each year

Ensure that ICS is a key component of the ETO Program and that NIMS-compliant training is provided to its stakeholders

Coordinate with WisDOT regional training coordinators and State Patrol to identify needed training

Monitor other agencies to identify joint exercise opportunities

Manage the archiving of all WisDOT emergency training certifications

Submit a biannual Training and Emergency Exercise Report

Update the WisDOT Multi-Year Training Plan annually

Manage updates to the ETO Plan and ETO Resource documents

Ensure that ETO contact lists, training archives, and training plans are updated

Measure and track ETO response performance

Complete the annual program report, including use of the self-assessment tool

Monitor Federal Homeland Security/FEMA requirements

Assist with system-wide threat and vulnerability assessments

 

Work zone safety and management

Lakeside Engineers provides support services to the Bureau of Traffic Operations for Work Zone Support.

General Tasks

Lead and coordinate quarterly Work Zone Management meetings, agendas, and minutes

Develop work zone safety and mobility performance measures

Review TMPs to assess and report on anticipated freeway and expressway traveler impacts statewide, including driver delays

Analyze lane closures and freeway work zone delay impacts in order to develop work zone delay forecasts

Update the general lane closure analysis tool for use in planning and development of TMPs

Asses the different types of smart work zone technology and the relevance to the state of Wisconsin

Training

Work zone training materials are being developed for two statewide training programs for construction engineers and design engineers. Additional support is being provided for the WisDOT instructors (i.e. reserving training locations, providing course materials, setting up training facilities, and summarizing the course evaluations). Two additional trainings are also being developed as online update modules. The modules are being created to provide annual updates on policies, FDM procedures, CMM guidance, etc. A third online training modules will also be created for the use of the Wisconsin Lane Closure System providing basic instructions on how to properly use the system. In addition, a training course Work Zone 101 is provided to law enforcement throughout the state.

Statewide Inspection Project

WisDOT work zone inspections are performed for MUTCD compliance, OSHA compliance, and ATSSA quality standards. The project includes completing site visits to work zones throughout Wisconsin, developing reports with site visit findings, and developing performance measures and procedures. Work zone site visits are made to each WisDOT work zone in the state, and deficiencies (if any) on the overall work zone conditions as well as the pedestrian accommodations are reported to the WisDOT regional work zone engineers.

Data Collection

Work zone data collection is being performed to update the FDM procedure on capacity calculation. Data have been collected on over 5 projects, with additional data to be collected in 2014. Reports are provided to WisDOT for incorporation into the new analysis tool being developed by the TOPS Lab. Work zone data collection is also being performed in order to help develop a series of work zone performance measures in order to assess how work zones throughout the state of Wisconsin are functioning.

TIME program administration

Lakeside Engineers is providing on-site Traffic Incident Management and Enhancement (TIME) support services at the STOC to administer the statewide TIME Program.

General Tasks

Host two Wisconsin TIME Coalition partner meetings annually

Recruit additional Wisconsin TIME Coalition partners

Conduct 30 regional TIME meetings throughout the State

Prepare after-action review (AAR) reports for extended duration traffic incidents occurring on Wisconsin’s Freeway System

Assist WisDOT Regions with conducting AARs and assist with action items

Provide 50 statewide training sessions for WisDOT’s Emergency Traffic Control and Scene Management Guidelines

Facilitate at least 10 TIM-related workshops at the Annual Governor’s Conference on Highway Safety

Maintain the TIME Program website and continue development of the TIME Coalition website

Provide outreach and material distribution for Wisconsin’s “Move Over Law or Slow Down” and “Steer It, Clear It” laws

Promote delayed towing and recovery best practices

Promote mitigation and strategic direction on construction project plans

Support TIME Coalition partners by attending their statewide association conferences to present on traffic incident management guidelines and to staff a TIME Program exhibitor booth

Coordinate with Wisconsin technical colleges and emergency responder curriculum managers to incorporate traffic incident management into training for new responder personnel

General Tasks

Host two Wisconsin TIME Coalition partner meetings annually

Recruit additional Wisconsin TIME Coalition partners

Conduct 30 regional TIME meetings throughout the State

Prepare after-action review (AAR) reports for extended duration traffic incidents occurring on Wisconsin’s Freeway System

Assist WisDOT Regions with conducting AARs and assist with action items

Provide 50 statewide training sessions for WisDOT’s Emergency Traffic Control and Scene Management Guidelines

Facilitate at least 10 TIM-related workshops at the Annual Governor’s Conference on Highway Safety

Maintain the TIME Program website and continue development of the TIME Coalition website

Provide outreach and material distribution for Wisconsin’s “Move Over Law or Slow Down” and “Steer It, Clear It” laws

Promote delayed towing and recovery best practices

Promote mitigation and strategic direction on construction project plans

Support TIME Coalition partners by attending their statewide association conferences to present on traffic incident management guidelines and to staff a TIME Program exhibitor booth

Coordinate with Wisconsin technical colleges and emergency responder curriculum managers to incorporate traffic incident management into training for new responder personnel