Developing a Local Roads Website Compendium of Best Practices

Quarterly Reports Other Documents Final Report
September 2009
December 2009
March 2010
June 2010
Dec. 17th Meeting
LRC Flyer
Final Report
Website

Primary Investigator

Jason Bittner
Wisconsin Transportation Center
1415 Engineering Drive, 2205 EH
Madison, WI 53706
bittner@engr.wisc.edu

Abstract

The Local Roads and Streets Council (LRSC) serves as an advisory committee to the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) on a range of issues affecting the local road network in Wisconsin. Understanding the impact of transportation policies is critical to informing decision makers and the traveling public alike. The LRSC has provided valuable leadership in the creation of the Wisconsin Information System for Local Roads (WISLR), a noteworthy example of a statewide initiative to provide better data and information about the condition and function of Wisconsin’s local transportation network. In addition to these accomplishments, improving communication and partnership among local associations and WisDOT are at the core of the LRSC mission.

To fulfill this charge, the LRSC has expressed interest in establishing an online compendium of best practices for relevant aspects of local transportation, from ongoing construction and maintenance programs to freight, asset management, and financing. In the model of the “Wisconsin Idea,” the University of Wisconsin’s long held belief that the boundaries of the university should be the boundaries of the state and that research should be applied to improve health, quality of life, the environment and agriculture for all citizens of the state, researchers at the Wisconsin Transportation Center propose to work with WisDOT to establish the compendium site.

Objectives

This project will create an internet clearinghouse for selected local road issues important to the interests of local transportation stakeholders. With current strains on resources, it is imperative transportation agencies make efficient use of available assets and existing communities of practice. This compendium will serve as a valuable resource for officials to quickly and efficiently access existing manuals, reports, articles, best practices, and projects pertaining to local roadway issues. The resource will allow easy access to documents, posted videos, training materials, and other information important to local agencies.

The project will also serve in the creation of a gateway to contact known experts in the compendium’s covered areas of interest.  In addition to serving as an information center, an assembled contact list of local, topic area experts would encourage a level of interaction between local roads managers and those with applicable specialized knowledge.

Tasks

  1. Review existing databases and web-based information resources
  2. Conduct interviews to determine the scope of the compendium
  3. Identify and initial set of topics for inclusion
  4. Coordinate efforts with the Mn/DOT related activity
  5. Develop initial resources for compendium content
  6. Launch website
  7. Provide testing and review period
  8. Develop promotional material
  9. Deliver final website
  10. Final reporting and maintenance recommendations

Project Information

  • Duration: 13 months
  • Dates: June 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010
  • Budget: $65,500
  • Student Involvement: One graduate student
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: CFIRE 03-07
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