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Video: Parking Availability System Takes Aim at Truck Driver Fatigue

MnDOT, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, is test-deploying a high-tech system to combat drowsy driving and keep truck drivers in compliance with federal hours-of-service regulations. (Watch the video)
(Posted 8/27/2014)

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Five Innovative Ways to Make Biking and Walking Safer

MnDOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Engineer Melissa Barnes highlights design techniques that improve bicyclist and pedestrian safety. (Learn what they are.)
(Posted 8/25/2014)

Program Funds "Homegrown" Road Maintenance Ideas

The Local Operational Research Assistance Program is accepting proposals for funding innovative road maintenance projects. (Find out how.)
(Posted 8/22/2014)

Video: Chip Sealing - Not Just For Local Roads Anymore

Chip-sealing — spraying an asphalt emulsion over existing pavement and then covering it with fine aggregate — is a cost-effective alternative to resurfacing asphalt pavements. Traditionally, however, it has only been used on rural and low-volume roadways. (Watch the video)
(Posted 8/21/2014)

Six Effective Low-Cost Safety Improvements for Roads

The project “Evaluation of Low-Cost Safety Improvements” evaluates key strategies for reducing the number of annual highway deaths. (Read More)
(Posted 8/20/2014)

Twin Cities to Host Livable Communities Conference

More than a 1,000 transportation and urban planners will descend on America’s most bicycle-friendly city in September for Rail-Volution, the nation’s premiere conference on livable and transit-orientated communities.(Read More)
(Posted 8/14/2014)

Video: Driving a 40-Ton Truck in Circles for Science

The only way to test pavements is to destroy them — slowly and painstakingly, one moving vehicle at a time. MnROAD employees drive a 80,000-pound semi tractor trailer around a closed-loop low-volume track 60 to 70 times a day. (Watch the video)
(Posted 8/13/2014)

Sneak Preview of 2015 Transportation Research

MnDOT Research Services & Library has released its annual request for proposals, which provides a sneak peak of the projects that might be selected. (Read More)
(Posted 8/11/2014)