Volume 03 | February 27, 2019 View as Webpage
The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) received over 30 research idea submissions. We then paired research ideas of potential external research projects with enthusiastic VTrans Champions. This resulted in 12 projects for which we solicited Letters of Interest from the universities on our Qualified Researcher List. Selecting from the received letters, we now have 11 potential research projects. We expect proposals for these projects by March 4 and plan for our Champions to briefly present them at our Bureau Directors Selection Meeting on
April 1. We are sharing these with you to reveal the breadth of potential research projects.

The 11 potential research projects include
  • Quantifying Nutrient Pollution Reductions Achieved by Erosion Remediation Projects
  • Utilization of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and Sensing Technologies to Detect Voids and Sinkholes Beneath Roadways and Structures
  • Reclaimed Stabilized Base—Stabilizing Agent Selection and Design
  • Microsimulation Model Validation and Calibration for Intersections in Vermont 
  • Evaluation of Commercially Available Probe Data for Vermont
  • Drift Fencing for Small to Medium-Sized Wildlife; Identifying the Most Cost-Effective Approach for Guiding Small to Medium Sized Wildlife into Crossing Structures
  • The Effect of Agricultural Biproduct Brine vs. Rock Salt Brine on Vermont Roads
  • The Feasibility of Design-Build Method for Smaller Project Procurements
  • Vermont Stream Geomorphic Assessment: Vermont Regional Hydraulic Geometry Curves
  • Railroad Crossing Concrete Panel Durability Study
  • Hydraulic Inspection Vehicle Explorer (HIVE) Culvert Upgrade

AOT Attends the Transportation Research Board 98th Annual Meeting

In early January nine AOT staff headed to Washington DC to attend the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 98th Annual Meeting . The meeting program addressed all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops – including several focused on the spotlight theme for the 2019 meeting: Transportation for a Smart, Sustainable, and Equitable Future. AOT’s TRB attendees are preparing a presentation for AOT executive staff detailing event highlights, takeaways, and insights gained. AOT staff plan to implement some of the lessons learned at TRB here in Vermont. 
Each quarter we highlight research projects and innovations happening throughout Vermont and New England. You can revisit projects from previous issues here . The projects shown below are from the AOT September 2018 Research and Innovation Symposium (includes posters, fact sheets, recordings, etc.) .

Looking for more?  Check out project posters, fact sheets, and more from the  2017 Research Symposium
Keeping the Traveling Public Informed-Improving Vermont’s 511 System
Improving information dissemination to the traveling public by replacing Vermont’s interim 511 system with a new, state of the art Tri-State (VT, NH, ME) regional 511 system.

NETC 15-3 Moisture Susceptibility for HMA in New England
This New England Transportation Consortium project uses the Hamburg Wheel Tracker and other tests to evaluate moisture susceptibility of hot mix asphalt in order to lower the potential for premature roadway failures.

Quantifying the Vulnerability of Vermont Bridges to Seismic Loading
Quantifying the seismic vulnerability of Vermont’s bridges to improve Vermont’s transportation system disaster resilience.

Identifying Sensitive Structural and Hydraulic Parameters in a Bridge-Stream Network
By identifying critical structural and hydrogeological features in a bridge-stream network, network-level infrastructure resiliency analysis is possible and may improve the efficiency of flood mitigation strategies.

Traffic Sign Detection and Geospatial Localization
Developing a large Vermont dataset featuring object-related GPS information to help accurately identify and locate road assets in order to make better assessments and maintenance plans.

Dr. Emily Parkany, PE, Research Manager
Vermont Agency of Transportation | 802.272.6862 | emily.parkany@vermont.gov http://vtrans.vermont.gov/planning/research