T3 Webinar Overview

Road Weather Management Best Practices

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Date:   January 30, 2013
Time:  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Cost:  All T3 webinars are free of charge
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Description

This webinar will walk participants through the recently updated Best Practices for Road Weather Management, Version 3.0 developed under the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Road Weather Management Program. The report captures 27 new, state-of-the-art case studies of systems in 22 states, which build upon previous successes, ultimately improving roadway operations under inclement weather conditions. The speakers will provide an overview of systems deployed within their respective state, discussing operational procedures, transportation outcomes, and implementation issues.

Background

Weather threatens surface transportation nationwide and impacts roadway safety, mobility, and productivity. There is a perception that transportation managers can do little about weather. However, three types of road weather management strategies may be employed in response to environmental threats: advisory strategies, control strategies, and treatment strategies. Advisory strategies provide information on prevailing and predicted conditions to both transportation managers and motorists. Control strategies alter the state of roadway devices to permit or restrict traffic flow and regulate roadway capacity. Treatment strategies supply resources to roadways to minimize or eliminate weather impacts. Many treatment strategies involve coordination of traffic, maintenance, and emergency management agencies. These mitigation strategies are employed in response to various weather threats including fog, high winds, snow, rain, ice, flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, and avalanches.

Target Audience

All stakeholders involved in improving roadway operations under inclement weather conditions, including:

Learning Objectives

Additional Road Weather Management Resources

For additional road weather management, please visit the FHWA Road Weather Management Program website at:
http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/weather/index.asp.

Host

Ray Murphy, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Specialist, FHWA, Office of Technical Services, Resource Center

photograph of Ray Murphy

With over 30 years of transportation experience, Ray Murphy is a widely known and respected specialist in ITS. In his current role with FHWA, he provides technical program support in the areas of road weather management, Real-Time Data Systems and Emergency Transportation Operations. Ray holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He served as an officer for 10 years in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineers Corp and continues to serve by mentoring students towards careers in engineering and transportation.

Presenters

John Liu, Deputy District Director, Caltrans District 6, Division of Maintenance and Operations

photograph of John Liu

John Liu began working at the California Department of Transportation in 1992 and has worked in the District Offices in Fresno, Oakland, and Stockton primarily in the areas of traffic safety and traffic operations. Since 2006, he has been responsible for the maintenance and operations of the 1,800 centerline-miles of highways in District 6, based in Fresno. Some of his major initiatives include implementing roundabouts and improving highway worker safety. John graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering.

Brian Kary, Freeway Operations Engineer, Regional Transportation Management Center, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT)

photograph of Brian Kary

Brian Kary has worked with the MnDOT since 1999. His work with the department has included working in Freeway Operations, Traffic Analysis, and Incident Management. In his current position, Brian oversees the daily operations of the Regional Transportation Management Center, which includes the SmartLanes system on I-35W and I-94. He also manages operations of the MnPASS high occupancy toll lanes, the Freeway Incident Response Safety Team program, and ramp metering.

Jon Fleming, Roadway Program Manager II, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Maintenance and Operations

photograph of Jon Fleming

Jon Fleming has 10 years of experience in Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) in various areas of maintenance and operations. Jonathan is a graduate of Penn State University. Since 2008, Jonathan has served as the lead for development and implementation of the Emergency Transportation Operations program in the Department, which uses Incident Command System (ICS) principles to organize the communications, situational awareness, and resource support functions and leads PennDOT coordinated efforts with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Jonathan is a certified Incident Command System instructor with both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Academy. He is an Emergency Medical Technician Crew Chief with over 18 years of experience and is active with his own community fire company in Dauphin where he currently holds the title of Captain.


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