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—from 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!
Visit the VTrans Research Page to read archieved research projects, catch up on past issues of the Research and Innovation Newsletter, or to submit your own research idea!
Don't miss out on the Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center's webinars
Research Recommendations Tailored to your Interests
We are happy to provide custom recommendations based on your interests. EmailEmily Parkanyor Tanya Miller if you're interested in learning more about a specific topic(s).
THREE EXTERNAL RESEARCH PROJECTS SELECTED
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.
FEATURED PROJECTS OF THE QUARTER
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.
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.