Sunday, June 12, 2016

AASHTO Journal: RAC’s List of ‘Sweet 16’ Projects Ranges From Construction to Wildlife Efforts

The Research Advisory Committee of AASHTO's Standing Committee on Research recently chose its "Sweet 16" list of high-value research projects for this year, a list that includes four projects from state departments of transportation in each of the association's four regional districts.
Officials from the state DOTs that won Sweet 16 awards will be invited to give short presentations about their projects during the July 25-28 annual meeting in Providence, R.I., of representatives from that Research Advisory Committee and the Transportation Research Board.
The 2106 project winners from the Northeast are:
-The Connecticut DOT won for its project on repair of steel beam/girder ends with ultra-high-strength concrete.
-Maryland's department took a research prize in sustainable landscaping practices for enhancing vegetation.
-The New Hampshire DOT's award was for instrumentation, digital image correlation, and modeling to monitor bridge behavior and condition assessment.
-The Rhode Island DOT won for a project about coupling ground-penetrating radar and infrared thermography to detect damage in reinforced concrete bridge decks.
From the Southeast:
-Florida's DOT took a prize for its research concerning the detection, mitigation and prevention of wrong-way crashes.
-The Georgia DOT made the list with a project using corrosion-free precast, pre-stressed concrete piles made with stainless steel reinforcement.
-North Carolina's agency was awarded for its in-place determination of emulsion application rate for tack coats and surface treatments.
-And the Virginia DOT won for a pilot study on continuous friction measurement equipment as a tool for improving crash rate prediction.
From the Midwest:
-Illinois took an award for testing DOT protocols to ensure performance of high-asphalt-binder replacement mixes using reclaimed asphalt pavement and reclaimed asphalt shingles.
-Iowa's DOT won for a second phase of its self-cleaning box culvert design.
-The Michigan department took a prize for work evaluating Engineering improvements for older drivers.
-The Minnesota DOT won for research showing how use of unmanned aerial vehicles enable safe and cost-effective bridge inspection.
And from the West:
-California made the list for research and development of open-source advanced traffic management.
-The New Mexico DOT won for work on optimization of elastic polymer modification rates based on contemporary relative costs versus benefits.
-Texas' DOT took a prize for assessing the effectiveness of wrong-way driving countermeasures and mitigation methods.
-The Wyoming DOT won for its work regarding the use by pronghorn and mule deer of underpasses and overpasses along US Highway 191, which crosses an ancient migration route.


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