FY 2019 MnDOT Research Implementation Awards
The following research implementation projects were approved for FY2020 funding by MnDOT’s Transportation Research and Innovation Group at its March 2019 meeting. Summaries of the proposals are provided below. All final work plans must still be developed and approved.
Bridge and Structures
- Implementation of Culvert Design Guidance for Aquatic Species Passage
Development of training to implement the new Minnesota Guide for Stream Connectivity and Aquatic Organism Passage through Culverts. Primary audience: hydraulic designers and engineers at MnDOT, cities, counties, and consulting firms. Delivery method: in-person, field and online training.
- Slide In V-box Slurry Systems Comparison For Snow & Ice Control
Comparison of slide-in-slurry systems with current systems and practices. These systems have the potential to clear roadways quicker with less salt and are also reportedly safer for plow drivers to operate. Evaluation to include procurement, installation, integration, standard operations, maintenance, safety, material usage, salt reduction and environmental impacts.
- Mobile Work Zone Crash Barrier (seed funding awarded)
Field testing of a semi tractor-towed mobile work zone barrier that separates road maintenance crews from live traffic. Analysis to include usability and safety and work performance benefits in a variety of environments.
Materials and Construction
- Use of e-Ticketing to Capture Computer-Generated (Paper) Weight Tickets
Pilot testing of e-ticketing technology for capturing a digital version of paper weight tickets for asphalt pavement material loads. Anticipated to increase inspector safety at construction sites, decrease paperwork and staff time, improve the accuracy of calculations, and allow incorporation of paper weight tickets into AASHTOWare. Also addresses the loss of paper tickets and improves the ability to track changes of mix locations.
Policy and Planning
- ADA Document Accessibility Software Testing and Best Practices Development
Development of best practices for ADA preparation/remediation of MnDOT documents and testing of Common Look document accessibility/remediation software in a variety of MnDOT business environments. Users will determine if the software is a viable option for MnDOT staff and agents to develop more accessible documents and build in-house document remediation capacity.
Traffic and Safety
- Collection of Vehicle Classification Information from Existing Data Center
Development of software to extract length-based vehicle classification data from the Regional Transportation Management Center’s (RTMC) traffic data server. In addition to improving the accuracy of vehicle classification data, this will improve safety by reducing the physical collection of data from busy highways. Although vehicle length data is currently being collected and stored from non-intrusive radar counting equipment and certain loop detectors, it has to be made available in a usable fashion for inclusion in MnDOT’s detector volume database.
- Work Zone Intrusion Mobile Application
Creation of a mobile application that field workers can use to report work zone intrusions. This application will feed a database recently developed for MnDOT by the University of Minnesota.