U of M researchers to tackle big transportation questions with new MnDOT, LRRB funding

U of M researchers have received funding from MnDOT’s Transportation Research Innovation Group and the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) for 15 new projects beginning this summer.

Researchers will tackle a number of big transportation questions, including:

  • How should our transportation agencies prepare for connected vehicle technology?
  • Are unseen factors affecting safety at rural intersections?
  • Can Twin Cities roadsides be used to grow habitat for endangered bumble bees?

The U of M projects were selected by MnDOT and the LRRB for Fiscal Year 2018 funding awards after the agencies received proposals from researchers at multiple universities. Six additional projects at other universities also received funding.

“The selected research studies, which typically take one to three years to complete, will address some of the most major policy, environmental, and maintenance dilemmas facing transportation practitioners,” said Linda Taylor, director of MnDOT Research Services & Library.

Below is a list of 15 new U of M projects. Additional information is available on the MnDOT website.

  • Understanding and Mitigating the Dynamic Behavior of Rural Intersection Conflict Warning Signs and Digital Message Signs Under Wind Loading
  • Remaining Service Life Asset Measure, Phase 1
  • Experimental and Computational Investigations of High Density Asphalt Mixtures
  • Pavement Thickness Evaluation using 3D Ground Penetrating Radar
  • Cost/Benefit Analysis of the Effectiveness of Crack Sealing Techniques
  • Characterization of Runoff Quality from Paved Low Volume Roads and Optimization of Treatment Methods
  • Monitoring and Habitat Assessment of Declining Bumble Bees in Twin Cities Metro Roadsides
  • Development and Regionalization of In Situ Bioslopes and Bioswales
  • Investigating Wastewater Reuse at Truck Stations and Rest Areas
  • Adaptive Management to Improve Deicing Operations
  • Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Stop Lines in Increasing the Safety of Stop-Controlled Intersections
  • How Locals Need To Prepare for the Future of V2V/V2I Connected Vehicles
  • Examining Optimal Sight Distances at Rural Intersections
  • Evaluation of Sustained Enforcement, Education, and Engineering Measures on Pedestrian Crossings
  • Investigating Inductive Loop Signature Technology for Statewide Vehicle Classification Counts

Adapted from a post by Shannon Fiecke on the MnDOT/CTS Crossroads blog.

Posted in Bridges and structures, Infrastructure, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Maintenance, Pavements, Pedestrian, Safety, Technology, Traffic operations, Transportation research, Urban transportation

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