Work zone safety is of utmost concern to transportation agencies. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2020, there were 857 fatalities and an estimated 102,000 work zone crashes in the United States. There have been numerous Connected Vehicle (CV) research projects, deployments and standards developed to support work zone safety. However, there have been inconsistencies with the interpretations and implementation of the existing standards, and with the use and expectations of the data exchanged between the infrastructure devices (e.g., mobile dynamic message signs) and CV devices. These include the roadside units (RSUs) and on-board units (OBUs) on vehicles. There are also inconsistencies between deployments, such as usage of different data and data formats across interfaces, and security requirements. Another discovery was that most infrastructure owner operators (IOOs) do not have the manpower or technical knowledge to properly deploy and operate these CV-enabled work zones. These deployment issues highlight a need for an industry standard that enables national interoperability and provides guidance to IOOs on how to deploy, operate and maintain the CV-enabling devices.
USDOT is sponsoring the Connected Work Zones Standard Implementation (CWZ Standard) to develop, publish, verify, and validate a Connected Work Zone (CWZ) Standard that defines the data elements, capabilities, and interfaces a connected work zone must support to ensure interoperability for state/local infrastructure owner/operators (IOO) and vehicle operators. A connected work zone is defined as a set of technologies that generates or collects work zone information (whether automatically or manually) as well as the infrastructure that broadcasts/distributes this information to the public and to vehicles.
The primary objective of this project is to publish a non-proprietary, industry-based consensus standard that defines the key data elements, capabilities, and interfaces for a CWZ Standard, utilizing the USDOT-chartered WZDx Specification version 4.1 as a starting point, if available, otherwise we shall follow version 4.0.
The CWZ Standard will:
The outputs of this project may include implementation guides, validation reports, reference implementations, presentations, and recommendations to other referenced standards, to support the developed CWZ Standard as determined by a consensus process.
Here is the link to access the Microsoft Team: WG - Connected Work Zones Stnd
To join this project as a stakeholder, send an email to Standards@ite.org subject line: CWZ project
System Design Details (SDD) Documents Review (Due by September 17, 2023)
The review period has started for the CWZ Standards’ System Design Detail (SDD), SDD Walkthrough Plan and System Requirement Specification (SRS) Comment Resolution Report (TOPR # 693JJ322F00209N Deliverables, USDOT Contract# 693JJ321D000005).
Please review the documents and provide your comments/suggestions at your convenience, we are looking forward to receiving your response before the design walkthrough (by September 17, 2023).
Overall Status - Not Started / Under Development / Published / Superseded Version
|Presentation on CWZ Reference Implementation||Not Started|
|Documentation on CWZ Reference Implementation||Not Started|
|Open Source CWZ Reference Implementation||Not Started|
|Updated CWZ Standard and Implementation Guidance||Not Started|
|CWZ Validation Report||Not Started|
|CWZ Standard MIB and/or ASN.1||Not Started|
|Final CWZ Standard||Not Started|
|Recommended Connected Work Zone (CWZ) Standard||Not Started|
|SDD Walkthrough Comment Resolution Report||Not Started|
|SDD Walkthrough Plan||Under Development|
|Draft System Design Details (SDD)||Under Development|
|SRS Walkthrough Comment Resolution Report||Under Development|
|SRS Walkthrough Plan||Published||5/23/2023|
|CWZ v00.03||Draft System Requirement Specification (SRS)||Published||5/30/2023|
|ConOps Walkthrough Comment Resolution Report||Published||5/28/2023|
|ConOps Walkthrough Plan||Published||2/9/2023|
|CWZ v00.01||Draft Concept of Operations (ConOps)||Published||2/22/2023|
|System Engineering Management Plan (SEMP)||Published||9/9/2022|
|Project Management Plan (PMP)||
|Period of Performance (POP)||8/22/22-8/21/24|