The MnDOT Office of Research & Innovation helps solve transportation problems by administering research projects for MnDOT and the Local Road Research Board.
We serve as a resource for MnDOT staff as well as city and county engineers, kick-starting research and shepherding projects to completion. At any given time, our staff manages approximately 190 research projects in progress, ranging from local initiatives to pooled-fund projects with other states, comprising both basic and applied research.
The MnDOT Library has been recognized throughout the transportation community as a leader in using innovative techniques and technologies to improve access to transportation information for more than 50 years.
Peer exchanges allow state DOTs an opportunity to improve their research programs through peer involvement. MnDOT-hosted peer exchanges have included: Pavement Research (2014); Communicating the Value of Research (2009); Pooled Fund Financial Management (2007).
Established in 1959 through state legislation, the Local Road Research Board (LRRB) has sponsored more than 200 individual research projects over the last 15 years. Current LRRB-funded research falls primarily into the following categories: design, construction, maintenance/operations, environmental compatibility, administration, and implementation.
The Center for Transportation Studies solves old transportation problems in innovative new ways. The Center convenes diverse communities to brainstorm, debate, share, learn, and act. And CTS partners with local and global transportation professionals, stakeholders, businesses, and leaders to move new ideas from research to reality.