Evaluate methods to increase accessibility for the visually impaired to MnDOT products such as maps and to help in public outreach for proposed projects.
MnDOT has been working toward better understanding of traffic impacts and Road User Costs associated with reduced system capacity during construction activities. In an effort to quantify those impacts, a Dynamic Traffic Assignment (DTA) / Mesoscopic Travel demand model was developed within the DynusT/DynuStudio software platform. This model has been useful for quantifying these impacts among various construction phasing ...more »
To implement the large anchor bolting tightening guidelines and specifications derived from the results of the current research project: "Re-tightening Large Anchor Bolts of Support Structures for Signs and Luminaires", which will be completed by the end of June 2018. This implementation project will include the tasks to generate workshop materials and three to four web-based training videos in anchor bolt tightening ...more »
In Greater Minnesota organizations coordinate volunteer drivers, utilizing their personal autos, who are an important service provider for non-emergency medical trips such as kidney dialysis. Volunteer driver studies conducted by the Minnesota Council on Transportation Access (MCOTA) describe the value of the volunteer drivers in meeting in Greater Minnesota’s transportation needs in the most cost effective manner compared ...more »
Implement non-invasive road sensors in RWIS and AVL systems.
In 2014, MnDOT conducted a pilot project to better understand the vulnerability of the state’s trunk highway system to flash flood events. MnDOT developed asset vulnerability scores for bridges, large culverts, and pipes in Districts 1 and 6 using a series of weighted metrics. This project will build on the pilot with the goal of integrating key metrics from the 2014 study into decision-making at the agency. To achieve ...more »
Drones for bridge inspection research has been completed by MnDOT in multiple phases since 2015. As of summer 2017, Phase III of this research began using the senseFly albris and the Flyability Elios, a collision-tolerant drone more suited to confined spaces such as box girders, culverts, or areas that are difficult to access. Due to the success of this research, MnDOT Metro District purchased the Elios drone to supplement ...more »
The project seeks to pilot a data-driven parking demand management strategy that meets the needs of multiple user types and maximizes utilization of surface parking while providing flexibility for commuters who want to use other transportation options some of the time. The Minnesota Department of Administration manages parking on the Capitol Complex; as the number of state employees continues to grow in the Complex, ...more »
Maintenance and construction operations need to cross and stage over wetlands or low bearing capacity soils to perform necessary state work. Various permits require wetland avoidance or minimization of impacts. Additional environmental commitments include minimizing or preventing soil compaction, preservation of soil function and structure, preservation of the native plant community, preservation of soil habitat for ground ...more »
Efficient agriculture movement is critical to Minnesota’s economic health. In the past two decades, the agriculture supply chain experienced a number of market, technological, and policy innovations that have directly influenced the way producers and wholesalers navigate their local freight networks. With producers’ reliance on rural and urban roadways projected to grow, so too are concerns for accelerated pavement degradation, ...more »
When employees are working in the plenum space above the road inside the tunnel they have no ability to communicate with one another which poses a significant risk should an emergency occur inside the tunnel while employees are working. A communications system with radios & repeaters would make work much safer and provide piece of mind for employees while working so they can focus on the task at hand...