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2015 MnROAD Calendar of Events

MnROAD Interstate Closure Scheduled Dates


LTPP Profiler Rodeo

June 8-15 (FHWA contact - Larry Wiser)


Nebraska Concrete Paving Association

June 11th - Nebraska Cities and Counties (Contact - William E. Cook)

2015 MnROAD Calendar of Events (Completed)

MnROAD Workshop

February 11, 2015 - The workshop highlights MnROAD’s Phase-II benefits, showcasing the innovations that will lead to better ways of making roads last longer, perform better, and cost less to build and maintain. This half day workshop will include presentations focused on implementation by both MnROAD researchers and partnering agencies, and will also include opportunities for one on one discussions with researchers to learn more about the tools they have developed, as well as give feedback for future research.


Presentations (Final Agenda)

Worel - Opening Remarks

Izevbekhai - Concrete Materials

Kraemer - Diamond Grinding / Industry Perspective

Dai - Asphalt Materials

Rhinesmith - Implements of Husbandry / Wisconsin Perspective

Siekmeier - Pavement Foundations

Burnham - Concrete Rehabilitation

Fitzwater - Innovative Concrete Dowel Solutions / Industry Perspective

Johnson - Pavement Preservation

Worel - Future Vision


19th Annual TERRA Pavement Conference

February 12th (8am-4:30pm)

Sessions focus on current practices that implement new pavement research and technology.

Details and Agenda


2014 MnROAD Completed Calendar

18th Annual TERRA Pavement Conference

February 5th, 2014 - Sessions focus on current practices that implement new pavement research and technology. Specifically, presentations emphasize new materials and methods that can assist decision makers in providing the most cost-effective strategies for building, repairing, and maintaining pavement infrastructure. Presentations can be located here.


Regional Development Commissions in Minnesota Tour

April 24, 2014 - MnROAD General Tour


FHWA's Sustainable Pavement Technical Working Group (SPTWG) Tour

May 7-8, 2014 - Seventh meeting of National experts working on pavement sustainability. This two day meeting based out of the Radisson Hotel Bloomington will include a MnROAD tour on May 7th from 1:30-4:30.


MnDOT 2014 Research Peer Exchange

June 10-12, 2014 - Quantifying & Communicating the Value of Research Implementation for MnROAD Phase-II Research Projects and Development of MnROAD’s Future Research. MnROAD tour on June 11th.


AASHTO Subcommittee on Materials Tour

August 1, 2014 - Details


MnROAD 20th Anniversary Open House

August 6, 2014 from 10:00am till 2:00pm - Details


SHRP2 R26 Workshop for the Preservation of High-Traffic-Volume Roadways

September 3-5 2014 - Depot Renaissance Hotel – Minneapolis, Minnesota - Agenda - MnROAD Tour


2013 MnROAD Completed Calendar

SP8680-169 (5 Mainline + 2 LVR Cells)


SP8680-170 (2 LVR Cells)


September 20th – Portland Cement Association Tour Organized by Doug Burns of PCI 10:00 – 2:00

September 25th – MnDOT Water’s Edge Tour Organized by Gilda Houck-Markovits (MnDOT) 10:00 – 1:30

September 27th – MnDOT Materials Engineers Tour Organized by Maureen Jensen (MnDOT) 10:00 – 12:00


17th Annual TERRA Pavement Conference

February 14th, 2013


Sessions focus on current practices that implement new pavement research and technology. Specifically, presentations emphasize new materials and methods that can assist decision makers in providing the most cost-effective strategies for building, repairing, and maintaining pavement infrastructure. Presentation can be located here.

2012 MnROAD Completed Calendar

FHWA/MnROAD Workshop

June 06, 2012

MnROAD Facility


The Federal Highway Administration and MnROAD Research Facility held a workshop at MnROAD to demonstrate the different equipment used and developed by the two organizations specifically for measuring various aspects of pavement surface characteristics.



Pavement Club Visit

June 05, 2012

MnROAD Facility


The MnDOT and CTS Partnership, the "Pavement Club", gathered at the MnROAD facility for presentations, equipment demonstrations, and a tour. Over 30 people attended, ranging from students at the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies and Civil Engineering to employees of the MnDOT Central Office Maintenance Research, Research Services, and the Maplewood Lab.



2012 TRB Conference

Here are a couple presentations from the recent TRB conference. More to follow soon.

NDT For Pavement Evaluation

Norwegian Status

Mechanistic Empirical Design in Minnesota

Low Temperature Cracking Mixture Specifications


Sustainable Cities Network's Solar & Energy Efficiency Workgroup:

Specialty Remote Web Presentation - Sustainability & Transportation by Tim Clyne, P.E. of MnROAD

January 19th, 2012

ASU Tempe Campus - Wrigley Hall


Guest Speaker, Tim Clyne, P.E., of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Office of Materials & Road Research, will remotely discuss the role of sustainability in transportation; important sustainable transportation best practices; progressive pavements, asphalt and related construction materials; and important lessons learned in the transportation arena.  MnROAD is a state-of-the art, cold-weather pavement test facility that provides researchers an opportunity to study the effects of live traffic and weather conditions on pavement performance.  This presentation will discuss how our various partners in industry, government, and academia work together to bring innovations into real-world implementation, especially in the areas of sustainable transportation materials and practices.

Sustainability & Transportation Webinar



2011 MnROAD Completed Calendar

MnROAD Research Conference

October 4th, 2011- Minneapolis

Northland Inn Conference Center


Speakers at the 2011 MnRoad Research Conference presented information regarding pavement materials, design, construction, and rehabilitation ready for implementation within Minnesota and nationally. The sessions focused on recycled materials, pavement rehabilitation, preventative maintenance, long- life performance, surface characteristics, and other research information. The conference also featured a tour of the MnROAD research facility which included visits to selected test sections and demonstrations of various equipment.


Below are the Power Point presentations presented by the speakers at the conference:


Pavement Rolling Resistance

Sept. 14th, 2011

Prof. Jerzy A. Ejsmont, Dr. Grzegrz Ronowski, Technical University of Gdansk Poland

MnROAD Research Facility


As part of pooled fund study TPF 5-(134) with the participation of Minnesota and Texas departments of transportation and Federal Highway (FHWA), a strategy to measure rolling resistance of all the pavement surfaces at the MnROAD test facility is discussed. Rolling resistance is a pavement surface characteristic that is indicative of fuel efficiency based on tire pavement interaction.


On September 14th, 2011 Professor Jerzy(Jurek) Ejsmont presented at the MnROAD research facility at 10:00AM. This presentation introduced new technology that has never previously been used within the United States.

Powerpoint Presentation


Step Frequency Ground Penetrating Radar

Sept. 14th, 2011

MnROAD Research Facility

Step Frequency Ground Penetrating Radar is a non-destructive testing technology that FHWA has been evaluating and developing for use in the U.S. This technology has the ability to provide 3-D imaging, continuous calibration, and more detailed assessment of in-situ conditions such as AC stripping, layer debonding and moisture detection, in addition to pavement layer thickness.


Tom Yu of FHWA gave a brief, informal presentation on results from testing in Minnesota followed by demonstration of the technology.


Warm Mix Asphalt

This Webinar covers current research into Warm Mix Asphalt presented by Luke Arnold, a graduate of Michigan Tech University.

WMA webinar


15th Annual Minnesota Pavement Conference

February 10th, 2011- St. Paul Minnesota

Continuing Education and Conference Center


Speakers at the 2011 TERRA Pavement Conference highlighted sustainability, innovative construction practices for better pavement performance, alternatives to paving, best practices for in- place recycling and PCC pavement rehabilitation. The link below provides further information:

2011 Annual Minnesota Pavement Conference


Composite Pavement Webinar

January 13th, 2011 - Webinar


This webinar discussed composite pavement technology being investigated through two research projects at the Minnesota Road Research Facility (MnROAD), a real-life accelerated pavement test facility near St. Paul, MN. Topics covered included test section construction and instrumentation activities, early laboratory and field performance, non-destructive testing evaluation techniques, performance predictions using the Mechanistic Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG), and a contractor's theoretical cost-estimating scenario.

Composite Pavements Webinar


2010 MnROAD Completed Calendar

MnROAD Open House

In August of 2010, MnROAD staff hosted an Open House featuring presentations and demonstrations developed from over 15 years of research at the MnROAD facility. Below are documents presented during this open house:


14th Annual Minnesota Pavement Conference

February 11th, 2010- St. Paul Minnesota

Continuing Education and Conference Center


Speakers at the 2010 TERRA Pavement Conference addressed several topics, including innovative low- volume road construction practices, environmentally sensitive road construction and maintenance techniques, and the issue of heavy traffic and loads.For more information follow the link presented below:

2010 Annual Minnesota Pavement Conference



2009 MnROAD Completed Calendar

Swedish- Minnesota Workshop

November 17th, 2009


Representatives from the Swedish Road Administration, Sweden's Royal Institute of Technology, Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute and MnDOT met to discuss topics in research, pavement design and construction. The following link provides further information:

Swedish- Minnesota Workshop Information


14th ASCE Conference on Cold Regions Engineering

August 30 - September 2, 2009 - Duluth, MN


The Technical Council on Cold Regions Engineering of the American Society of Civil Engineers, with participation of the Duluth Section of ASCE, sponsored the Fourteenth Conference on Cold Regions Engineering in Duluth, Minnesota at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Several MnDOT employees presented the results of their research. More Information


Midwestern States In-Place Recycling Conference

August 11-13, 2009 - Bloomington, MN


The Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association (ARRA) and FHWA have joined together to develop a series of regional In-Place Recycling Conferences & Workshops. Each conference provided a forum to share and publicize information describing improvements in research, design, specifications, materials and construction practices, and promoted the cost benefits of In-Place Recycling through education and application.

More Information


Aggregate & Ready Mix Association of Minnesota Pervious Concrete Open House

June 11, 2009 - Monticello, MN



ARM hosted a tour of the MnROAD facility and provided details about the ongoing pervious concrete research that’s taking place in Minnesota.This event attracted ARM members, contractors, owners, specifiers, engineers, city, state and county officials, and all others who have an interest in pervious concrete.

More Information


National Workshop on Polyphosphoric Acid Modification of Asphalt Binders

April 7 & 8, 2009


This workshop pulled together facts about PPA modified asphalt and performance.  Researchers and practitioners from FHWA, state and other agencies, along with industry personnel, presented the latest information on the PPA modification and performance.  The workshop format promoted interactive discussion between presenters and participants and included a site visit to MnROAD test sections. 

Workshop Presentations


13th Annual Minnesota Pavement Conference

February 12, 2009 - St. Paul, MN

Continuing Education Center


This conference provided practical information to practitioners about the latest innovations in pavement construction, preservation, rehabilitation, and management.

Pavement Conference: Session Summaries



2008 MnROAD Completed Calendar

Technology Transfer Concrete Consortium (TTCC) and National Concrete Consortium (NCC)

September 23-24, 2008

More Information


TERRA Innovation Series: MnROAD Phase Two research program

July 30, 2008

Information and a tour of the many new projects at MnROAD


12th Annual Minnesota Pavement Conference

February 14, 2008

Presentations and Links