The Historic Route 66 Welcome Center at Conway, MO – will be the home of Solar Roadway panels! To get the most from our SR project, MoDOT is preparing the first DOT crowdfunding effort.
The “Internet of Things” allows for connecting devices and vehicles using electronic sensors and the Internet. Technology can be used for such things as smart traffic control, safety and road assistance.
Smart pavement provides a suite of digital, communication and information services to MoDOT, motor carriers and other commercial fleet operators and private drivers on a subscription basis to enable sustainable, self-funded infrastructure assets for public owners.
Platooning is wireless connectivity between commercial trucks that would allow for the second truck to follow at a close distance for better fuel economy and enhanced safety. Legislation was passed this year to allow MoDOT and the Commission to create a pilot program.
MoDOT executed a unique contract with Missouri S&T to identify ‘non-traditional’ funding grants. This will produce long term benefits by training MoDOT staff how to identify grant opportunities and complete successful applications.
Missouri has always been at the vanguard of America's transportation system. From the earliest days of the nation’s westward expansion to the first length of the nation's interstate highway network, the Show-Me State has led the way.
And now it's time to lead again.
When our interstate system was created 60 years ago, the world we lived in was different. There were fewer cars on our roads. Trucks carried much lighter loads.
Now it’s time to rebuild our oldest interstates but that needs to happen in a way that meets the needs of the future rather than follows the designs of the past. MoDOT’s Road to Tomorrow initiative is exploring all options, while also searching for sustainable revenue streams that can fund the transportation system of tomorrow.
After a year of discovery, we are identifying pilot projects that would enable us to test the effectiveness of various innovations in advancing our vision. There may be research grants available to help get those projects off the ground and we are pursuing all options.
Do you have the innovation that will build and fund the transportation system of the future?
Road to Tomorrow along with members of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission participated in "KINETIC: Focusing on the Future of Transportation" on February 17th, at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. KINETIC is an energetic series of forums to help the community better understand and prepare for the future of transportation.
"We will use the ideas in our Road To Tomorrow project to foster research and to make the most of technology that is available today as we plan for the future. Together, we will find innovative and creative ways to fund transportation while ushering in the information age of transportation and creating economic prosperity for Missouri. Our citizens and businesses need and deserve a safe, reliable 21st Century transportation system.”
Road to Tomorrow presents the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission a six-month update on innovations that have been submitted to the team at the Springfield-Branson National Airport.
The use of technology to offer optional, premium services via the roadway.
The use of proprietary technology to increase fuel efficiency and reduce accidents among long-haul trucks.
The use of trucks transferring trains during mandated down-time to increase overall efficiency and reduce damage to roadways.
Allowing the use of MoDOT infrastructure to host Data and Communications equipment.
Varieties of new tolling structures, HOV-lanes, and user taxes all requiring statutory or constituational changes.
Supplementing the current corridor with efforts outside of the current transportation infrastructure.
Using a public private partnership to finance, construct, and maintain renewable energy along the corridor.
Selling the right to advertise on the public right of way.
We are just now getting a glimpse of the new technologies that could serve as the basis for future highways. Innovations like GPS systems, autonomous vehicles, alternative fuels, new construction materials and computer-enhanced "smart" roads are changing the way we travel. We must build on this rising tide of new technology.
At a time when the nation and Missouri wrestle with how to fund its future transportation needs, this effort must be focused not only on new technologies but new means of funding transportation investment.
We invite industry, institutions and individuals to reach out with their ideas.
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