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Transportation Innovations Program

Transportation Innovations Program - (TRIP)

What is TRIP?

TRIP is a new program to identify and implement innovative ideas in transportation projects, processes and products. Innovation ideas should address transportation in areas including but not limited to:

  • Bridges and Structures
  • Construction
  • Operations and Maintenance
  • Roadway Surfacing
  • Planning
  • Environmental
  • Safety
  • Service Delivery
  • Transit
  • Multi-modal
  • Innovative or Currently Underprovided Transportation Training
  • Innovative Research

TRIP Ideas Being Advanced

  • Using a Texas Underseal on HBP Overlay projects
  • Studying the use of Fiberglass Rebar & Dowels Bars in Bridges and Pavements
  • Using Fiber Reinforced HBP
  • Installing Culvert Movement Monitoring/Instrumentation
  • Using URETEK Deep Polymer Injection on frost heaves
  • Monitoring traffic flows with Distributed Acoustic Sensing
  • Using Geogrid Reinforcement under aggregate base for flexible pavement
  • Using a MIT Scan T2 for collecting concrete pavement thicknesses
  • Using Hydrated Lime as an anti-stripping agent in new full-depth HBP pavements
  • Developing a digital driver's license application process
  • Using TheSmartCone™ technology for security, work-zone safety and surveillance applications
  • Using Jointbond to address longitudinal HBP joint deterioration
  • Using WatershedGeo HydroTurf® for drainage way armoring
  • Technical Analysis Process to Review Contract Award
  • Safety Enhancement System on existing guardrail
  • Terrestrial Laser Scanning for High Accuracy As-Builts and Design Models
  • Flexible Hoses to repair the "Bump at the Ends of Bridges"
  • Micro Milling with Microsurfacing projects
  • Roadway Drainage Geocomposite Underdrain System under PCCP unsealed Joints
  • Electrically Conductive Fly Ash Geopolymer Concrete Mortar to Snow-proof Roadway Markings
  • Using TheSmartCone Technology in Intelligent Work Zones
  • Using a new Salt Brine Enhancer
  • Cross-Asset Performance Based Planning and Programming Dashboard Software
  • Installing a Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS)
  • Improving Work Zone Safety and Mobility using Intelligent Work Zone (IWZ) concept
  • An Alternative Pipe Joint Repair Method
  • Implementing Mobile Advanced Road Weather Information Sensors (MARWIS) to snowplows
  • Performance Based Specifications for Asphalt Pavement Construction in ND

Who Can Submit An Innovation Idea?

  • Contractors
  • Consultants
  • Suppliers
  • Associations
  • Service Providers
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Tribes
  • Local Jurisdictions
  • NDDOT Staff
  • Anyone!!

How to Submit an Innovative Idea

Please read the Call for Transportation Innovation Ideas for instructions to submit your ideas.

What is "Every Day Counts"?

The FHWA EDC (Every Day Counts) program provides some examples of transportation innovative ideas, and was created to identify and rapidly deploy proven but underutilized innovations to:

  • Shorten Project Delivery Process
  • Enhance Roadway Safety
  • Reduce Congestion
  • Improve Environmental Sustainability

For more information on EDC and example projects please see:

FHWA Every Day Counts

Additional Information:

TRIP is an ongoing program that will have multiple solicitations annually. Please refer to this page for upcoming idea submittal deadlines.

Submitted ideas will be reviewed and shortlisted by the NDDOT TRIP Review Team. Shortlisted ideas may be invited to present a summary of their idea before the TRIP Review Team, which will provide recommendations for selection to the NDDOT Executive Office. The NDDOT Executive Office will make all final decisions.

TRIP funding is limited to areas where NDDOT funds may be used, as laid out under state law.

For submissions that are roadway related, the Department will attempt to utilize Federal Aid when available and may be limited in applying a specific submission to a roadway that is eligible for Federal Aid.

For any questions regarding TRIP, visit the TRIP Contact Form.

The Transportation Innovation Program (TRIP) is sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Transportation with funding assistance through the Federal Highway Administration. The program is coordinated by the Upper Great Plains Tranportation Institute (UGPTI), a research and education center at North Dakota State University.