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Minnesota's Cold Weather Pavement Testing Facility

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What is MnROAD?

MnROAD test track
The MnROAD test track was initially constructed between 1991-1993 and is one of the most sophisticated, independently operated pavement test facilities of its type in the world.

MnROAD is a pavement test track made up of various research materials and pavements owned and operated by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, working with its partners. Located near Albertville, Minnesota, MnROAD works in conjunction with MnDOT's Materials Lab. It finds ways to make roads last longer, perform better, cost less to build and maintain, be built faster and have minimal impact on the environment. Overview of MnROAD Brochure (PDF)

MnROAD has over 50 unique test sections on the following two roadway segments:

  • 3.5 mile (Interstate-94) Mainline.
  • 2.5 mile Low Volume Road.

MnROAD collects detailed pavement performance data along with thousands of pavement sensor located in each test section. View and Access Data/Processes used at MnROAD.

Read more information on MnROAD including the History, Funding, Partners, Peer Exchanges and MnROAD's new partnership with National Center for Asphalt Technologies (NCAT)

MnROAD Research Benefits

  • Phase 1 - Lessons learned at MnROAD from 1994-2006
  • Phase 2 - Lessons learned at MnROAD from 2007-2016