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Need Statements - FY2020

Last updated September 12, 2018

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.

To provide all potential proposers with the same information, please submit any questions on Need Statements to the Project Advisor in writing (email).  You will receive a written response that will also be posted to this website.  Thank you.

Note: 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


NS527
Re-tightening the Anchor Bolts of Support Structures for Signs and Luminaires: Phase II
Project Champion: Jihshya Lin, MnDOT Bridge
Project Advisor: Beth Klemann
Phase II - No Literature Search Available

NS539
Steel Reinforcement Section Loss Guidance Tables
Project Champion: Paul Pilarski, MnDOT Bridge
Project Advisor: Beth Klemann
No Separate Literature Search


Environmental


NS526
Environmental Field Evaluation of Potassium Acetate
Project Champions: Tara Carson and Nick Tiedeken, MnDOT Office of Environmental Stewardship
Project Advisor: Beth Klemann
Literature Search
Complete Relevant Article
Supplemental Information

NS530
Highway Renewable Energy: Harnessing the Sun's Energy through Noise Barriers and Structural Snow Fencing
Project Champion: Dan Gullickson, MnDOT Office of Environmental Stewardship
Project Advisor: Beth Klemann
Literature Search

NS541
Use of Innovative Technology to Deter Bat-Bridge Use
Project Champion: Christopher E. Smith, MnDOT Office of Environmental Stewardship
Project Advisor: Mitch Bartelt
Literature Search


Maintenance Operations


NS533
Hot Shots for Cold Climes - Evaluating Treatment of the Hardest Icy Spots
Project Champion: Jakin Koll, MnDOT District 3
Project Advisor: Beth Klemann
Literature Search

NS535
Driver Assist Systems to Support Snowplow Operations
Project Champion: Cory Johnson, MnDOT Office of Connected & Automated Vehicles (CAV-X)
Project Advisor: Beth Klemann
Literature Search


Materials and Construction


NS542
Evaluation of Curing Effects on Cold In-Place Recycling (CIR)
Project Champion: Shongtao Dai, MnDOT Materials and Road Research
Project Advisor: Mitch Bartelt
Literature Search

NS554
Construction Incentives - Are They Working?
Project Champion: Fausto Cabral
Project Advisor: Mitch Bartelt
Literature Search

NS555
Effectiveness of Geotextiles/Geogrids in Roadway Construction; Determine a Granular Equivalent (GE) Factor
Project Champion: Jeff Johnson, City of Mankato
Project Advisor: Mitch Bartelt
Literature Search

NS556
Optimizing Mix Designs - Low Volume Roads in Minnesota
Project Champion: Ron Bumann, MnDOT State Aid
Project Advisor: Mitch Bartelt
Literature Search

NS557
Base Stabilization Additives - Effect on GE
Project Champion: Chad Hausmann, Wright County
Project Advisor: Mitch Bartelt
Literature Search


Multi-Modal


NS529
Understanding Pedestrian Travel Behavior & Safety in Rural Settings (Phase 2)
Project Champion: Ed Fairbanks, MnDOT Office of Transit and Active Transportation
Project Advisor: Beth Klemann
Phase 2 - No Literature Search Available


Policy and Planning


NS528
A Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment of Pavement Segments that Have Remained In Poor Condition for 5+ Years
Project Champion: Shannon Foss, MnDOT Office of Transportation System Management
Project Advisor: Beth Klemann
Literature Search

NS540
Improve Default Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
Project Champion: Christy Prentice, MnDOT Office of Transportation System Management
Project Advisor: Mitch Bartelt
Literature Search

NS543
The Impact of Deferred Maintenance in Minnesota
Project Champion: Paul Oehme, City of Chanhassen
Project Advisor: Mitch Bartelt
Literature Search


Traffic and Safety


NS531
New Frontiers in Geometric Design – Designing for the Driver’s Encounter
Project Champion: Scott Thompson, MnDOT District 7
Project Advisor: Beth Klemann
No Separate Literature Search

NS532
Evaluation of Metro Freeway System for Reliability and Resilience
Project Champion: Brian Kary, MnDOT Regional Traffic Management Center
Project Advisor: Mitch Bartelt
Literature Search

NS536
Pavement Marking Patterns and Widths - Human Factors Study
Project Champion: Ken Johnson, MnDOT Office of Traffic Engineering
Project Advisor: Mitch Bartelt
Literature Search