Office of Transportation Prog. Services

Planning and Asset Management

The Planning/Asset Management Division provides the highest quality information and analyses, in the most efficient and timely manner supported by the available resources. The Division does this through data collection, data management, and analysis.

The Division is comprised of five sections:

Cartography

This Section is responsible for the management and production of numerous cartographic products including static maps and data-query or analysis visual reports.

Data Management & Statistical Support

This Section is responsible for the management of all data systems used in the Division and to assist all division sections with the analysis, GIS display, and reporting of such data.

Pavement Management

This Section is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and distributing state highway pavement condition and profile data needed to provide Districts, Divisions and Executive Office with strategic highway system recommendations.

Planning/Rail

This Section is responsible for developing and leading implementation of the Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan, and other strategic modal plans to include rail, freight, active and public transportation modes. The Planning/Rail Section also tracks industry trends, and administers rail-highway crossing safety programs, rail loan programs, the annual State Planning and Research program, and special studies and reports. The team is also involved in the development of new programs; applying for discretionary grants; establishing and maintaining a network of contacts with other state and provincial DOTs, state, federal, tribal and local governments and agencies; performing economic analyses; and supporting the activities of other NDDOT Divisions.

Traffic Data

The primary role of this Section is to develop, maintain, and implement the processes for collecting and forecasting traffic volumes, or more specifically providing a count of the number of vehicles using a roadway – also known as the Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT). AADT is used by designers to develop pavement type and thickness for construction projects. The AADT also allows NDDOT to perform long range planning in the areas of construction and maintenance project design, use and deployment of resources. This Section collects pedestrian and bicycle counts at intersections, vehicle speed, vehicle type and class, and weigh in motion data.

Programming

The Programming Division is responsible for coordinating the development of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, managing federal funds, implementing the Department’s scoping process, and completing traffic operations activities.

These responsibilities include a system wide perspective as well as project level involvement from early project inception through to project completion.

Local Government

The Local Government (LG) Division administers, coordinates, and allocates funds for all Local Public Agencies (LPA’s), transportation alternatives, and transit federal aid programs and projects.

Local Government

Strategy and Innovation

This division is newly developed and is currently working on the following initiatives:

  • Connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology/infrastructure
  • Future advancement and placement of charging stations for electric vehicles
  • Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) applications and implementation throughout the state, integration of connected commercial vehicles (ie. truck platooning)

Establishing SMART corridors using intelligent transportation systems (ITS) that enhance the safety, efficiency, management of our transportation networks such as variable/dynamic message signs, pan, tilt, zoom cameras, wrong-way ramp detection systems, and road weather information systems.

North Dakota’s UAS Integration Pilot Program

In 2018, U.S. DOT selected the North Dakota Department of Transportation as one of 10 participants in the Federal Aviation Administration’s UAS Integration Pilot Program. NDDOT works with partners and stakeholders to accomplish North Dakota’s pilot program mission to provide operational efficiencies, create new opportunities, build industry to grow the economy, reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries. The three-year program gives state, local and tribal governments a chance to establish innovation zones for testing complex UAS operations. The UAS Integration Pilot Program technology will enhance North Dakota in many areas such as pipeline or infrastructure inspections, traffic crash reconstruction, and emergency response during a life-threatening event in rural areas, such as finding a missing person in the Badlands or on lakes and rivers.

The pilot program has completed two missions in the past year:

  • The first mission was flight over people during a college football-tailgating event, flying 2 drones (media and law enforcement) simultaneously in a controlled airspace.
  • The second mission was Beyond Visual Line of Sight flight operations over an Urban Area to inspect Xcel Energy’s distribution lines. The waiver was a first, flying in an urban environment using only electronic means to observe the flight of the aircraft while performing its mission.
  • Through the pilot program, the North Dakota Department of Transportation was the first state agency to receive an Operation Over People (OOP) waiver. This 4-year waiver, awarded on June 24th, 2019, allows the DOT to fly over people using a DJI Mavic 2 with a ParaZero SafeAir Parachute.

Other Programs include:

  • IdeaScale is an idea management software platform that uses insights and crowd wisdom to extract ideas and are refined in order to populate a sustainable innovation channel.