Chapter 1 - General
1.4 JOINT PARTNERSHIPS
ODOT cooperates with other states and federal agencies in the conduct of research on topics of common interest. These agencies include, but are not limited to:
- Federal Highway Administration (FHWA): (see Glossary) In addition to working closely with ODOT on the administration of the research program, FHWA has conducted various studies with ODOT including demonstration, test and evaluation projects.
- United States Geological Survey (USGS): (see Glossary) ODOT has worked closely with USGS on various studies covering topics such as hydraulics, scour, erosion and water quality.
- Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR): (see Glossary) ODOT has worked closely with ODNR on studies involving underground mines, soils, slope stability and bedrock mapping.
- Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA): (see Glossary) ODOT has worked closely with OEPA on studies involving endangered species, vegetated biofilters and exfiltration trenches.
- Transportation Pooled Fund Projects: These types of studies leverage funding by cooperation and contribution from two or more agencies or entities to study topics of common interest. Ohio may, or may not, be the lead agency in these studies. For more information on pooled fund project see Chapter 3.
- National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP): ODOT participates in NCHRP studies by proposing project ideas and serving as technical panel members on active NCHRP projects. For information on NCHRP projects refer to Chapter 3.
- Transportation Research Board (TRB): Historically, ODOT has been heavily involved in TRB activities. Numerous personnel have served on TRB committees providing technical input on a variety of topics such as congestion, environmental issues, forecasting, geotechnical, noise, performance measures, planning, and safety. For more information on TRB activities refer to Chapter 3.
- Industry: ODOT is actively cultivating partnerships with local industry. Input is sought from individuals in the transportation industry on both active and proposed studies.
- University Transportation Centers (UTCs): (see Glossary) ODOT has worked closely with UTCs established in Ohio and other states on studies that are of particular interest to Ohio such as crash testing and freight.