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Need Statements - RFP 2019 (FY2021)

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.)

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.

Environmental


NS572
Have Minnesota's Warmer Winters Increased the Number of Freeze Thaw Cycles?
Project Champions: Jeff Meek, MnDOT Sustainability & Public Health
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS577
Feasibility of Using Wetland Bank Program to Create Strategic Storage for Vulnerable Highway Infrastructure
Project Champion: Jeff Meek, MnDOT Sustainability & Public Health
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS578
Vegetation Management Practices to Enhance Roadside Pollinator Habitat
Project Champions: Wayne Sandberg, Washington County and Christopher E. Smith, MnDOT Environmental Stewardship
Project Advisor: Beth Klemann
Literature Search

NS596
Evaluate Effectiveness of Storm Ponds for Water Quality
Project Champion: Ross Bintner, City of Edina
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS600
Increased Value Street and Utility Reconstruction Projects Provide to a Typical Residential Neighborhood
Project Champion: Chad Millner, City of Edina
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search


Maintenance Operations


NS563
Evaluation of Fatigue on Snow Plow Drivers and Evaluation of Aids to Assist Drivers in Recognizing and Dealing with Fatigue
Project Champion: Craig Collison, MnDOT District 2
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS565
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

NS597
Asphalt Film Thickness vs. a Chip Seal at One Year - B/C Analysis
Project Champion: Bruce Hasbargen, Beltrami County
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search


Materials and Construction


NS574
Taconite as a Lower Cost Alternative High Friction Surface Treatment to Calcined Bauxite for Low Volume Local Roads in Minnesota
Project Champion: Tara Olds and Mao Yang, MnDOT State Aid
Project Advisor: Beth Klemann
Literature Search

NS584
Compaction Optimization Moisture Performance Test
Project Champion: John Siekmeier, MnDOT Materials & Road Research
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS598
Asphalt vs Concrete - How to Select a Surface Type?
Project Champion: Andrew Scipioni, City of Edina
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search


Multi-Modal


NS568
Pedestrian Engineering and Enforcement at Signalized Intersections
Project Champion: Amber Dallman and Sonja Piper, MnDOT Transit & Active Transportation
Project Advisor: Beth Klemann
Literature Search

NS569
Impact of Vehicle Speeds and Roadway Context on Pedestrian Safety
Project Champion: Hannah Pritchard, MnDOT Transit & Active Transportation
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
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NS571
Assessing the Economic Effects of Context in Sensitive Main Street Highways in Small Towns
Project Champion: Olivia Dorow Hovland, MnDOT Transit & Active Transportation
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
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NS579
Identify the Economic Benefits of Truck Weight and Safety Enforcement Improvements
Project Champion: Julie Whitcher, MnDOT Freight & Commercial Vehicle Operations
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search


Policy and Planning


NS573
Electric Vehicle Corridor Charging Study for Medium and Heavy Duty Trucks
Project Champion: Tim Sexton, MnDOT Sustainability & Public Health
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS576
Accessibility-Based Congestion Measure for Transit
Project Champion: Jim Henricksen, MnDOT Metro District
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS581
Outcome Evaluation Metrics Related to Equity that Include Both Quantitative and Qualitative Measures
Project Champion: Philip Schaffner, MnDOT Transporation System Management
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
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NS543
The Impact of Deferred Maintenance in Minnesota
Project Champion: Paul Oehme, City of Lakeville
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
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Traffic and Safety


NS562
Assessing Pavement Markings for Automated Vehicle Readiness
Project Champion: Jay Hietpas, MnDOT Connected and Automated Vehicles
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS566
Inductive Loop Signature Technology for Statewide Vehicle Classification Counts - Implementation
Project Champion: Gene Hicks, MnDOT Transportation System Management
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS567
Evaluation of Road Weather Messages on DMS Based on Roadside Pavement Sensors
Project Champion: Brian Kary, MnDOT Regional Transportation Management Center
Project Advisor: Beth Klemann
Literature Search

NS570
TH 55 Connected Corridor Project Evaluation
Project Champion: Cory Johnson, MnDOT Connected and Automated Vehicles
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS575
Pedestrian Feature on Roundabouts
Project Champion: Gina Mitteco, Dakota County
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS580
Will lowering roadway speeds change driver speeds?
Project Champion: Victor Lund, St. Louis County
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS582
Transverse Rumble Strips at Rural Intersections
Project Champion: Victor Lund, St. Louis County
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
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NS583
Driver Comprehension of Flashing Yellow Arrows
Project Champion: Victor Lund, St. Louis County
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS599
Roundabouts: Balancing Design and ADA Accessibility
Project Champion: Tim Henkel, MnDOT Division of Modal Planning & Program Management Division
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
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