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Issue #16 - March/April 2016

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In this issue: Driver-Assist System Keeps Plows on Road; Scholarship Fund Established in Honor of Pavement Scholar Eugene Skok; Driverless Electric Cars? Agencies Plan for Transportation Changes; Transportation Research Syntheses Detail Latest Practices in Asset Management; New Procedures Align Bridge Data Reporting Practices with Federal Guidance; Manual Gives Cost-Effective Techniques to Extend Life of Timber Bridges; Accounting for the Effects of Temperature in the Construction of Concrete Bridge Girders Will Help Ensure Bridge Durability; Travel Time, Station-Area Sidewalks, Affordable Housing and Commercial Activity Keys to Transit Use


Issue #15 - January/February 2016

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In this issue: 20 studies chosen for ’17; MnROAD forms national pooled fund to oversee next round of research; Savings from MnROAD pavement research approaches $900 million; Determining rolling resistance improves fuel efficiency; Research discovers cost-effective new snow fence; Best repair and rehabilitation practices for large culverts; Survey shows few DOTs measure impact of culvert maintenance; Governor recognizes drone research for bridge inspection; Minnesota makes mark at annual Transportation Research Board conference


Issue #14 - November/December 2015

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In this issue: Using drones in bridge inspections; National Winter Maintenance Peer Exchange; Living Snow Fence Payment Calculator; data helps decide when to stop plowing; how-to guide for permeable pavements; lab test ensures pavement mixes resist cold-weather cracking; sound waves indentifying cracking in fracture-critical steel bridges; vibrating seat technology alerts distracted drivers; winter maintenance support tools from Clear Roads program.


Issue #13 - September/October 2015

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In this issue: Alternate route signage; guidance for flashing yellow arrows; automating bike and pedestrian traffic monitoring; changing travel patterns; upgrade to) bike-route finding tool ("Cyclopath"); LiDAR demonstration; asphalt bond testing; limestone aggregate specifications; MnPASS pricing analysis; steel culvert design.


Issue #12 - July/August 2015

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In this issue: New riprap recipes; improved ramp metering; work zone intrusion reporting; mapping roadways for lane departure warning systems; focusing safety efforts through 'safety culture'; improving weigh-in-motion systems; carbonate in concrete.


Issue #11 - May/June 2015 (revised)

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In this issue: New research implementation projects announced; MnROAD-NCAT partnership; sinusoidal rumble strips; risk-based cost estimates; summer maintenance operations; new travel simulation model; light surface treatments for low-volume roads; streetlights to reduce crash rates on rural roads; economic impact of transportation projects.


Issue #10 - March/April 2015

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In this issue: Better sign life management saves millions; MnDOT library awards; portable weigh-in-motion system; industry cluster analysis for better transportation planning; timber bridge inspection; salt-tolerant roadside sod; disc-shaped compact tension test for asphalt pavements; blending fines for gravel roads; commercial driver fatigue monitoring.


Issue #9 - Jan/Feb 2015

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In this issue: New research projects funded for FY2016; Research Services & Library "At-A-Glance" released; auto-flaggers effective, improve safety; SMART-SIGNAL reduces traffic delay; multimodal options for small cities and rural areas; field testing winter maintenance tools; electronic monitoring of bridges; concrete bridge girder shear reinforcement design; concrete bridge deck deterioration; fortifying concrete pavements.


Issue #8 - Nov/Dec 2014

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In this issue: Mobile Imagery/LiDAR for Barrier Inventory; Timber Bridge Inspection Techniques (Video); Water Pollution Reducing Swales; Scour Monitoring for Bridge Safety; Bridge Deck Cracking; Strategic Plans for Transportation Research; Rolling Resistance; Heavy Vehicle Damage to Roads; Colored Concrete Deterioration; Pavement Preservation Techniques.


Issue #7 - September/October 2014

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In this issue: State and national research projects take shape; high-volume chip-sealing project part of Sept. workshop; sign life expectancy research; stormwater control research; documenting transportation efficiencies; optimizing asphalt pavement surfaces; pedestrian crossing guidelines; HOT lane design; IDIQ contracting.


Issue #6 - July/August 2014

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In this issue: MnROAD celebrates 20th anniversary, 2014 Peer Exchange, public involvement in transportation decisions, moisure effects on subgrade testing, bridge piles, Variable Speed Limits, stormwater pond drainage, GPS data for identifying truck bottlenecks, LRRB video, Transportation Research Syntheses.


Issue #5 - May/June 2014

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In this issue: MnDOT funding awards, library ROI award, smartphone app for the visually impaired, rural intersection collisions, Joma snowplow blades, pavement design in design-build projects, traffic congestion analyzation software, recycled shingle usage in gravel roads, fracture-critical bridge distress acoustic monitoring system, pavement structural capacity evaluation tool.


Issue #4 - March/April 2014

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In this issue: Winter maintenance research, pothole patching video, culvert repair, local guidance for Complete Streets, bike and pedestrian traffic counts, LED flashing stop signs, safety at multi-lane roundabouts, real estate value capture, airport safety zoning rules.


Issue #3 - January/February 2014

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In this issue: New research projects announced, robotic message painter, winter maintenance research, frost damage in pavements, SMART-SIGNAL implementation, creating quieter pavements, rolling resistance, Wakota bridge monitoring project, at-grade trail crossing treatments.


Issue #2 - November/December 2013

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In this issue: Transportation Research Syntheses, Complete Streets, dust control, heavy equipment on rural roads, TRB annual visit, recognition for SAFL Baffle, Intelligent Drum Line system, pavement curing, GPS mobility data, chip seal stripping, library pooled fund meeting.


Issue #1 - September/October 2013

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In this issue: Welcome message, SMART-Signal, ADA transition plan, energy-efficient streetlights, pedestrian/bicycle safety in roundabouts, snowfall recovery times, telework, RAC National Meeting, SHRP 2, transportation quality-of-life, transit use during construction, precipitation frequency estimates.