The Smart Work Zone Deployment Initiative invites you to submit problem statements describing proposed research in the field

The Smart Work Zone Deployment Initiative pooled fund invites researchers, vendors, and transportation professionals with an interest in work zone traffic control to submit problem statements describing proposed research in that field.  In addition to safety, topics of interest might include work zone management, mobility, traffic congestion abatement, etc.   For additional information about SWZDI please see

Problem statements on all work zone related subjects may be submitted, but some potential areas that are of interest to SWZDI include:

  • work zone data collection improvements and methodologies
  • low cost work zone improvements for safety/operations
  • educational/training/outreach efforts (for public and professional)
  • work zone management
  • safety and crash modification factors
  • bike/ped/accessibility issues
  • device crashworthiness

Please limit the problem statement description to one or two paragraphs but describe the idea sufficiently to allow, if considered appropriate by our Board, a Request for Proposal to be developed.

All submittals should be transmitted by email to Keith Knapp, Program Manager at the Institute for Transportation (contact information is below), prior to July 9, 2019 (midnight) for consideration for the 2020 programming year.

Note that while any individual may submit a problem statement, only researchers from a university and/or WZ vendors within the state of Illinois may be accepted for the Request for Proposals. Past pooled fund states have been Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.  New pooled fund states for 2020 include Texas and Illinois.

If you have any questions or need more information please call or email (contact information is below).

Keith Knapp, PE

Director Iowa LTAP

2711 S. Loop Drive Suite 4700

Ames, IA 50010-8664

Office:  515-294-8817

Cell: 515-509-8843