Chapter 3 - Program Development: National
3.0 - General
While ODOT focuses its research program towards investigating issues facing Ohio’s transportation system, there are factors affecting Ohio’s system that are not unique to Ohio. These factors expand beyond the borders of the state and carry regional or national significance. Often the scopes of work for these studies are so vast that the cost would prevent a single DOT from conducting the study. In order to appropriately address these issues, a collaborative investigation among various State DOTs, federal agencies, national associations, and the research community is needed. To fulfill this need, ODOT actively participates in national research activities.
By incorporating national research into the program, ODOT is able to:
- find answers to broad-based transportation issues,
- take advantage of experts and resources not readily available within the state,
- and leverage funding with other entities nationwide.
There are a variety of avenues in which ODOT participates in national research. The four methods ODOT generally used are: the American Association of Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), and transportation pooled fund studies.