Volume 08| May 18, 2020 View as Webpage
Looking for a way to expand your horizons while staying home and practicing social distancing? Now is a great time to dive into national research efforts here in Vermont and across New England. Not sure where to start? We've compiled links to some of our favorite research resources below —f rom the latest VTrans innovations to webinars from the Transportation Research Board and New England Transportation Consortium, there is sure to be something that sparks your curiosity!

Research Recommendations Tailored to your Interests

We are happy to provide custom recommendations based on your interests. Email Emily Parkany or Tanya Miller if you're interested in learning more about a specific topic(s).
We are thrilled to announce that the Agency Bureau Directors identified the following external projects during their April selection meeting:

  • Quantifying Correlations Between Winter Severity, Road Conditions, and VTrans’ Snow and Ice Control Activities
  • Evaluation of Stripping Potential Tests for Bituminous Concrete
  • Effectiveness of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) at Mid-Block Crosswalks

Technical Advisory Committees for these three projects are being formed and the UVM researchers expect to start in October, October and January, respectively. If you would like to help guide one of these projects or have ideas about implementing results from these research efforts, please email Emily Parkany .
Each quarter we highlight research projects and innovations happening throughout Vermont and New England.
Snow and Ice Control Performance Measurement: Comparing "Grip", Traffic Speed Distributions and Safety Outcomes During Winter Storms
Exploring the relationship between "Grip," traffic speed changes, and safety outcomes in the Vermont context.

Read the final report and review the project fact sheet , and poster .
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology for Asset Management
Taking VTrans' transportation asset management capabilities to the next level.

Read the final report and review the project fact sheet , and poster .
Identifying Sensitive Structural and Hydraulic Parameters in a Bridge-Stream Network Under Flood Conditions
Understanding the impacts of localized changes to bridges streams, and roads on entire river corridors.

This project was recently featured in ScienceDirect ! You can read the final report and learn more by visiting the next-phase project page on the Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center at the University of Maine's website.
Balanced Mix Design (BMD) for Asphalt Mixtures
Leveraging balanced mixed design to optimize asphalt mixes to minimize rutting, cracking, and moisture susceptibilities.

Learn more by reviewing the project fact sheet and poster .
Dr. Emily Parkany, PE, Research Manager
Vermont Agency of Transportation | 802.272.6862 | emily.parkany@vermont.gov http://vtrans.vermont.gov/planning/research