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Need Statements - RFP 2020 (FY2022)

The Need Statements are presented on this page in three ways: (1) sorted below by Research Categories; (2) to the right in a single downloadable PDF with links to information; and (3) to the right in a list in order of Need Statement number. This RFP is only available to qualified universities (see more information.) Please note that an active master contract must be in place as of December 1, 2020 to be selected.

Preliminary literature searches, listed with the projects below, were conducted by the MnDOT Library for the purposes of developing research need statements and doing due-diligence to avoid duplication of research. They are not a comprehensive literature search for the development of the project proposal.

Bridges and Structures


NS607
Quantifying Benefits of Bridge Maintenance
Project Champions: Sarah Sondag, MnDOT Bridge
Project Advisor: Beth Klemann
Literature Search


Environmental


NS608
Identifying Deer-Vehicle Collision Concentrations in Minnesota
Project Champion: Christopher Smith, MnDOT Sustainability & Public Health
Project Advisor: Beth Klemann
Literature Search

NS610
Comparison of Compost and Proprietary Soil Amendments for Vegetation Establishment
Project Champion: Warren Tuel, MnDOT Environmental Stewardship
Project Advisor: Beth Klemann
Literature Search


Maintenance Operations


NS613
Investigate Plow Truck Design Options to Promote Sustainable Cleaning Operations
Project Champion: Neile Reider, MnDOT Maintenance and Operations
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS617
Best Practices for Winter Maintenance for Pedestrian Safety and Accessibility
Project Champion: Jake Rueter, MnDOT Office of Transit & Active Transportation
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search


Materials and Construction


NS605
Bridge Low Slump Concrete Overlay Mix Design for Mobile Mixers
Project Champions: Maria Master, MnDOT Materials & Road Research and Kyle Fritz, MnDOT Bridge Office
Project Advisor: Beth Klemann
Literature Search

NS611
Short and Long Term Impacts of Winter Maintenance Ice Breakers on Pavements
Project Champion: Curt Turgeon, MnDOT Materials & Road Research
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS612
Benefits of Preventive Maintenance
Project Champion: Bernard Izevbekhai, MnDOT Materials & Road Research
Project Advisor: Beth Klemann
Literature Search

NS624
BMP for Issues with Asphalt Centerline Joint Intelligent Compaction for Local Agencies
Project Champion: Naomi Eckerd, MnDOT State Aid
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS625
MnDOT Haul/Detour Routes: Impacts on Local Roads
Project Champion: Tim Stahl, Jackson County
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS626
Evaluation of Proprietary Rejuvenators
Project Champion: JinYeene Neumann, Carlton County
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS627
Asphalt vs Concrete: Tool to Guide in Selection of Pavement Type
Project Champion: Matt Wegwerth, City of Grand Rapids
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS628
Cost Estimate of B vs C Grade Asphalt Binders
Project Champion: Jed Nordin, Hubbard County Highway Department
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search


Multimodal


NS614
Community Transit Strategies
Project Champions: Mark Nelson and Victoria Nill, MnDOT Transit & Active Transportation
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS615
Identify Best Types of Commodity Flow Data for Freight, Railroad, Ports and Waterways Studies
Project Champion: Francis Loetterle, MnDOT Freight & Commercial Vehicle Operations
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS616
Understanding how Mobile Device Data can Supplement MnDOT’s Bicyclist and Pedestrian (Permanent and Portable) Counting Program and Inform Bicyclist and Pedestrian Investment Decisions Statewide
Project Champions: Michael Petesch and Jake Schutt, MnDOT Transit & Active Transportation
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search


Policy and Planning


NS618
Enhancing Managed Lane Equity Analysis
Project Champion: Brad Larsen, MnDOT Metro District
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS619
Improving Transportation Equity for all by Centering the Needs of Marginalized and Traumatized Communities
Project Champion: Lisa Austin, Gloria Jeff, Cyrus Knutson, MnDOT Metro District
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search


Traffic and Safety


NS620
Pavement Marking/Colored Pavement Friction Differential and Product Durability
Project Champions: Ethan Peterson and Sonja Piper, MnDOT Metro Traffic
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS621
Evaluating Different Detection Technologies for Signalized Intersections
Project Champions: Derek Lehrke and Steve Misgen, MnDOT Metro Office
Project Advisor: Beth Klemann
Literature Search

NS622
Understanding the Impact of Partially Autonomous Vehicles on Minnesota Roads
Project Champion: Cory Johnson, MnDOT Connected and Automated Vehicles
Project Advisor: Beth Klemann
Literature Search

NS629
Pedestrian Safety Benefits/Impacts of Right Turn Lanes in Urban Settings
Project Champion: Ted Schoenecker, Ramsey County
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search