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Session No. 6B

Session Title: Innovations and Best Practices to Improve Work Zone Safety

Session Description: Construction work zones on freeways are estimated to account for nearly 24 percent of non-recurring delay. Properly managing traffic through work zones is essential for maintaining safety for workers and motorists while minimizing traffic delays. The purpose of this session is to present innovative strategies and technologies for improving work zone safety and mobility.

Moderator Name: Phillip Bobitz, P.E., FHWA

Pedestrian Traffic Control in D.C.Matthew Marcou, Associate Director, Public Space Regulation Division, District Department of Transportation (DDOT)

The Autonomous TMA, Fred Bergstresser, Government Account Manager, Royal Truck & Equipment Inc.

Work Zone Ramp Metering Pilot on I-279, Leverson Boodlal, P.E., P.M.P., Principal, KLS Engineering, LLC

Speaker Bios

Matthew Marcou is DDOT’s Associate Director for the Public Space Regulation Division (PSRD). He has served in that position since February 2016. Prior to that, Marcou has served as the Deputy Associate Director for PSRD. During his tenure as a senior manager of PSRD he has overseen the implementation of several enhancements and programs that have improved the efficiency of the public space permitting and inspections processes and the safety of work zone operations. The improvements included the switch to a paperless permitting process, the deployment of an automated NOV system and its integration into the Transportation Online Permit System (TOPS), DDOT's online permit system. He also managed the development and roll out of training on TOPS and public space laws and regulations in the District of Columbia for DDOT employees, sister government agencies and other stakeholders. Most recently, Marcou oversaw the development and implementation of the Safe Accommodations program, which provides draft traffic control plans and in-field training for work zones impacting bike lanes. Marcou has worked at DDOT for more than 14 years. He has been a program analyst, a front-line supervisor in the permit office, and the Public Space Manager. He has chaired the Public Space Committee for the past seven years.

Fred Bergstresser is the Government Account Manager for Royal Truck & Equipment. He manages Royal’s government activities including procurement strategy and government relations. Bergstresser represents Royal on NCUTCD (National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) TTC (Temporary Traffic Control) Technical Committee, ATSSA (American Traffic Safety Services Assoc) Innovation Council, Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Policy Task Force, and is a founding board member on the Automated Vehicle Coalition (AVC) and Royal’s representative on FHWA’s Cooperative Automated Transportation (CAT) Coalition AV Infrastructure/Industry Working Group. Bergstresser leads Royal Truck and Equipment’s nationwide Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle (AIPV) development and commercialization project.  

Leverson Boodlal’s career in highway safety spans over 25 years with experience working with state and federal government, and consulting. With respect to work zone safety he has led major design build projects acting as the Contractor’s MOT Manager for well over 15 years. On many projects his approach has resulted in a safer work zone for both the travelling public and workers and a reduction in construction phasing and project time. Boodlal is often called upon to lead expert panels or research/policy work zone activities the outcome of which has the potential to save lives. Boodlal will discuss preliminary findings from an ongoing project (NCHRP 03 111 — Developing Work Zone TMP Strategies) today.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Room 206

  • Full Presentation Slides (PDF)

Pedestrian Traffic Control in D.C.

The Autonomous TMA



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