TRP Spotlight: Bill Morgan

bill morganBill Morgan is the Planning and Systems Section Chief for the Bureau of Programming at IDOT’s Office of Planning and Programming (OP&P). The Planning and Systems Section works directly with IDOT district staff and is responsible for coordinating data collection needs for IDOT to support FHWA reporting requirements. The section also produces annual reports about roadway information, roadway conditions, and traffic volume statistics, as well as annual GIS roadway and bridge files.

Morgan, who has a B.A. in mathematics from Cedarville University, has been with OP&P for three years. Prior to that, he worked in IDOT’s Bureau of Information Processing for just under 13 years. Before coming to IDOT, he spent 10 years working in the insurance industry.

Morgan currently serves as chair of the Technical Review Panel (TRP) for an ICT/IDOT project that focuses on counting vehicles and vehicle movements. The project, “Opportunistic Traffic Sensing Using Existing Video Sources,” is the second phase of a project that investigated the use of existing video sources such as traffic, police, red light, and security cameras for the long-term, real-time collection of traffic statistics. The team includes members from IDOT (Mike Miller, Vince Durante) and CDOT (David Pulsipher). The results of first phase of the project were published in a report titled Leveraging Traffic and Surveillance Video Cameras for Urban Traffic.

He has also served as TRP chair for other IDOT/ICT projects, including a special project in 2014 to evaluate the impact of Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) sample traffic counting for 24 hours versus 48 hours.

Morgan explains the purpose of that special project: “IDOT had received a waiver from FHWA in 2002 from the 48-hour requirement on HPMS sections. This waiver allowed those sections to be included in our normal counting cycles and gave IDOT the ability to use the same equipment to count additional locations during the counting season. During an FHWA review of our traffic monitoring guide, the agency indicated that a new study needed to be conducted to review the waiver. The results of the ICT/IDOT study validated the statistical relevance of 24-hour counts compared with 48-hour counts.”

He says that the study’s findings were provided to FHWA as part of their national study to review multiple counting durations. FHWA is now in the process of updating the HPMS manual to allow for 24-hour counts on HPMS sections. The final report for that project is available on ICT’s website.

Aside from work, Morgan enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters and occasionally playing golf. “I’m not very good at golf,” he says, “but I do enjoy getting out with friends to play the game.”