Ongoing Projects

  • The Amarillo Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board has allocated $6.4 million to a project along IH-40 from Coulter St. to Helium Rd. and LP 335 from SW 45th Ave. to Amarillo Blvd. (BI-40).
  • The proposed plan that was approved by the MPO Policy Board consisted of converting the ramps on IH-40 from a diamond pattern to an “X” pattern, adding a turnaround under the bridge for eastbound traffic at LP 335, modifications to Westgate Pkwy Intersection, a proposed collector west of LP 335, additional turn lanes on LP 335, signal upgrades, and the addition of raised medians.
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Completed Projects

1. Projects Synthesis of Successful Bicycle Planning in Mid-Sized Cities ($80,000, TxDOT, 2009-2010) (Final Report and Demonstration)
  • This project was granted to TechMRT to conduct studies on bicycle planning in mid-sized communities. The objective of this study is to synthesize successful stories in financing, planning, design, and operation of bicycle facilities in mid-sized communitie. The primary focus of this project will be in cites 100,000 to 300,000 in population where local city resources are limited. It will provide a synthesis of what other cities of this size have done with respect to accommodating bicyclists.
2. Technical Assistance to TxDOT Lubbock District ($150,000, TxDOT, 2009-2011)
  • This project was granted to TechMRT to assist TxDOT Lubbock District in various studies including evaluation of alternative control strategies of diamond interchanges with two-way frontage roads and road user’s cost analysis in work zones; roadside landscaping, and pavement studies.
3. Test of pavement marking materials ($300,000, TxDOT, FY 2007-2010) 
  • The project is being conducted in collaboration with Texas Transportation Institute and Texas A&M University at College Station. This project will develop field performance-based evaluation procedures for PMMs. Field decks are expected to be designed incorporating regular long lines together with transverse stripes for accelerated testing. Field decks will be installed at selected locations in the state considering area climate, roadway surface type, and traffic condition. Carefully selected PMM products will be installed and monitored for their field performance over time. Field test results will be used to correlate with initial specifications to develop new performance based specifications. At the end of the project, a field performance database that can record and query all relevant data, track individual jobs and products, graphically display performance changes over time, and predict future performance of PMMs will be developed for the use of the Texas Department of transportation (TxDOT).
4. Operation and management of the Traffic Management Center ($65,000, City of Lubbock, FY 2007-2010)
  • The project is being conducted in collaboration with Texas Transportation Institute and Texas A&M University at College Station. This project will develop field performance-based evaluation procedures for PMMs. Field decks are expected to be designed incorporating regular long lines together with transverse stripes for accelerated testing. Field decks will be installed at selected locations in the state considering area climate, roadway surface type, and traffic condition. Carefully selected PMM products will be installed and monitored for their field performance over time. Field test results will be used to correlate with initial specifications to develop new performance based specifications. At the end of the project, a field performance database that can record and query all relevant data, track individual jobs and products, graphically display performance changes over time, and predict future performance of PMMs will be developed for the use of the Texas Department of transportation (TxDOT).
4. Corridor traffic analysis for South Loop 289 ($50,000, TxDOT, FY 2007-2008) (Final Report and Demonstration)
  • The project provides assessment of the South Loop 289 in Lubbock for its improvement towards a better LOS reducing the traffic congestion along the main lanes, frontage roads and mitigating other problems like weaving problems and traffic accidents. The focus area of the South Loop is between I-27 and Spur 327 which cover interchanges of University Ave, Indiana Ave, Quaker Ave, Slide Road, and the intersection of Frankford Ave. The work under phase I involves modeling the mainlanes, ramps and frontage roads so as to conduct a comprehensive examination to propose alternatives considering the current traffic problems.
5. Comprehensive planning and design guidelines for bus rapid transit design on Texas highway corridors ($263,856, TxDOT, FY 2006-2008) (Final Report and Demonstration)
  • The research is being performed in collaboration with University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at El Paso. Many corridors in the Texas state highway system are facing increasing congestion while having severe right-of-way limitations. The best form of congestion relief may not be additional highway lanes and/or grade separations. The best solution may be introduction of a higher capacity transit system. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) has been increasingly regarded as a cost-effective solution for improving mobility and alleviating congestion in urban transportation networks. This research is aimed at providing TxDOT with comprehensive guidelines for planning and designing BRT that will allow development of a BRT scenario in the traditional alternatives analysis.
5. Concepts for managing freeway operations during weather events ($103,587, TxDOT, FY 2005-2006) (Final Report and Demonstration)
  • This research was performed in collaboration with Texas Transportation Institute. Weather events affect traffic on every roadway in the nation and have concerned transportation agencies for many years. Even minor weather events can cause slick pavement, reduce travel speeds, increase speed variability, increase delay, and increase the potential for crashes. Many states, including Texas, are implementing weather monitoring systems to help prepare for inclement weather and operate the transportation system during major weather events. The goal of this research is to help TxDOT develop a structured, systematic approach for managing traffic during weather events. This research project provides TxDOT with a set of strategies and techniques for operating freeways during weather events. As part of the research, a concept of operations document was developed that provides TxDOT districts with guidance on how to deploy and integrate weather-related traffic management strategies into their normal, everyday traffic management functions. This research also provides a catalog to strategies that TxDOT can use to manage freeways during weather events.
6. Concepts for managing freeway operations during weather events ($103,587, TxDOT, FY 2005-2006) (Final Report and Demonstration)
  • This research was performed in collaboration with Texas Transportation Institute. Weather events affect traffic on every roadway in the nation and have concerned transportation agencies for many years. Even minor weather events can cause slick pavement, reduce travel speeds, increase speed variability, increase delay, and increase the potential for crashes. Many states, including Texas, are implementing weather monitoring systems to help prepare for inclement weather and operate the transportation system during major weather events. The goal of this research is to help TxDOT develop a structured, systematic approach for managing traffic during weather events. This research project provides TxDOT with a set of strategies and techniques for operating freeways during weather events. As part of the research, a concept of operations document was developed that provides TxDOT districts with guidance on how to deploy and integrate weather-related traffic management strategies into their normal, everyday traffic management functions. This research also provides a catalog to strategies that TxDOT can use to manage freeways during weather events.
7. Development of Hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) Simulation and Paramics/VS-PLUS Integration ($18,5000, Caltrans, FY 2004-2006)(Final Report and Demonstration)
  • This project was sponsored by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) under contract 65A0161. Paramics is a powerful microscopic traffic simulation tool that is being used extensively by Caltrans engineers in various traffic management and operation projects. A major drawback of Paramics lies in its over-simplified control logic of traffic signals. Only limited functions for fixed-time signal control are provided with the current version. This limitation has restricted its application in simulating real-life signal control systems. VS-PLUS is a signal control program that has been implemented in the field for over 20 years, mostly in Europe. The integrated Paramics/VS-PLUS model provides many useful functions for realistically emulating traffic signals in traffic simulation, especially actuated signals. The model is also able to handle complicated intersections like diamond interchanges.
8. Surrogate safety assessment for urban diamond interchanges using micro-simulation (In-kind, City of Lubbock, 2006)(Final Report and Demonstration)
  • This research project is conducted in cooperation of City of Lubbock, Texas. The aim of the study is to develop surrogate safety assessment methods that can be used to evaluate safety improvement alternatives at diamond interchanges. The time-to-collision (TTC) and the post-encroachment-time (PET) were investigated through developing plug-in modules in the PRAMICS simulation. The software can also be used in the classroom for varying educational purposes.