Many of MwRSFâ€™s inquiries from members of the Midwest States Pooled Fund program can be answered based upon prior pooled fund or other research. Further, even though answers to pooled fund inquiries are normally routed to all pooled fund states in the quarterly progress report, there are numerous repeat questions every year. The quarterly summaries are helpful to member states, but they are temporary and not well organized by the type of question or specific topic. Many pooled fund inquiries could be answered through the development of a Center of Highway Safety website. A dedicated and well-maintained Pooled Fund Center for Highway Safety website would provide for all of these needs. It would provide for a searchable database of previous MwRSF inquiries and solutions, a searchable online listing of downloadable research reports, and a searchable archive of CAD details for crash-tested and/or approved systems and features. This safety center would also be helpful to non-member states with problems or inquiries similar to those identified by the member states.
In Year 22, the Midwest States Pooled Fund states sponsored the development of a Pooled Fund Center for Highway Safety website. This project allowed for the development of the first phase of the website and archiving of materials on the website. Previously, a website for the Midwest States Pooled Fund consulting questions and responses was developed and made available. The website is currently operational and provides functions for submitting questions and inquiries to MwRSF as well as posting of the responses. It also provides a searchable database of previous MwRSF inquiries and solutions. The website is located at http://mwrsf-qa.unl.edu/.
In addition to the consulting website, a searchable online listing of downloadable research reports and a searchable archive of CAD details for crash-tested and/or approved systems and features has been created. The research archive contains all of MwRSFâ€™s archived research reports in a searchable format. The archive of the CAD details for the research efforts has been generated and is currently being uploaded beginning with newer projects and proceeding to older research. Additionally, Midwest Pooled Fund members have requested inclusion of videos files from full-scale crash testing to the archive. These are currently being added to the site as well. The research archive as well as the Midwest States Pooled Fund consulting website is integrated with the main MwRSF website.
Through MwRSFâ€™s relationship with the Nebraska Transportation Center (NTC), experienced personnel have been hired to perform website design and programming, as well as provide reliable website hosting facilities. The development, maintenance, operation, and hosting of the website will require funding. In addition, MwRSF will be seeking input from the end users as to further improvements and additions they would like to see made to the website. Additional features and content will be added to the site as funding is available. This content may include photographs, presentations related to Pooled Fund projects, and other items desired by the sponsors. It is anticipated that the costs to continue to develop, operate, maintain, and host the Pooled Fund Center for Highway Safety web site would be $11,468.00 in funding for FY 25.
The Pooled Fund Center for Highway Safety website will provide immediate access to a wide library of roadside safety materials for designers and engineers, including reports, CAD details, crash test videos, etc. It would also provide a searchable database of previous solutions and responses to prior Pooled Fund inquiries and problems. The website would also be available through controlled access to state DOTs around the country which would promote improved roadside safety.