Welcome to the MN Transportation Research Collaboration Site

MnDOT Research Services wants your ideas for the Local Road Research Board, MnDOT Research Program and Research Implementation Program, and this is where we gather them. Register or log in to submit a new idea or vote on the ideas to show your support.

The deadline was February 10 for new implementation project ideas to be presented for funding at the April 4 TRIG meeting. (TRIG is a panel of MnDOT office directors and district engineers.) We will be using an online questionnaire, which will be sent in an email to the idea champion, to collect detailed information for the implementation plan. The deadline to complete the questionnaire is March 3.

Research proposals were heard in December by TRIG and LRRB, and 21 new research projects were funded. Project funding awards were posted on the research RFP web site: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/research/RFP/FY2018/index.html . The deadline for new research ideas for the next research RFP is May 25, 2017.

New implementation ideas can be submitted at any time for development into an implementation plan and funding request. MnDOT TRIG selected 16 research implementation plans for $1.6 million in funding at meetings in March, September and December, 2016. (Click HERE to read the implementation project guidelines and process PDF.)

Contact us: research.dot@state.mn.us

Questions about this web site? 651-366-3760

Visit our web sites: RESEARCH SERVICES - Minnesota Department of Transportation and LOCAL ROAD RESEARCH BOARD, or related web sites MnDOT research programs and offices and TRB Publications (MnDOT internal web site)

Campaign: Maintenance Operations

Salt Reduction Research - Chloride Capture

MnDOT District One uses on average 40,000 tons of salt per year. To create a visual, this equates to over 1,000 semi loads of material or which would stretch over 20 miles if parked end to end. One table spoon of salt will contaminate 5 gallons of fresh water. Since Northeastern Minnesota is near one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world, Lake Superior, we should be concerned about reducing the long term potential ...more »

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Idea Submitted by : Duane Hill

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : District 1

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Duane Hill

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

MnDOT is committed to being a leader in finding ways to reduce the amount of chloride entering the environment while still providing safe winter driving road conditions for Minnesota. The benefit will be long-term sustainability of our economy and natural water resources.

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : Joint MnDOT/LRRB Research

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Campaign: Traffic and Safety

Generating Traffic Information from Connected Vehicle V2V Basic Safety Messages

NHTSA published a notice of proposed rule making that will require all new cars as of some model year to broadcast a basic safety message (BSM) using Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC). The BSM will contain information such as the car's location, speed, heading and acceleration. This will enable a car to know where the surrounding cars are and avoid collisions. Installing DSRC roadside units will allow MnDOT ...more »

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Idea Submitted by : Ray Starr

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : Office of Traffic, Safety & Technology

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Ray Starr

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

Travel times and end of queue information are important in work zones for safety and mobility, and knowing queue lengths at traffic signals could potentially enable smarter traffic signal control. Listening to vehicle BSM broadcasts is a means to gain early benefits from connected vehicles. Other vehicle to infrastructure connected vehicle applications will require additional capabilities in the car beyond what NHTSA is requiring, whereas generating traffic information from BSMs will be a possibility in the nearer term when vehicles may only have the vehicle to vehicle BSM broadcast capability on board. A literature search should be performed to determine what has already been done by others.

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : MnDOT Research

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Campaign: Policy and Planning

Construction Project Traffic Impact Analysis Methodology and DTA Model Validation

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 »

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Idea Submitted by : Jim Henricksen

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : Metro District

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Ron Rauchle

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

There is more emphasis and desire for MnDOT to minimize traffic impacts relating to construction projects placed on system users. To effectively doe this, we need to continue to refine and improve the tools the improve our capabilities of analyzing the trade offs made between minimizing Road Users Costs and Construction Costs. This project could help us move us toward improving our effectiveness in balancing these tow competing goals.

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : MnDOT Research

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Campaign: Policy and Planning

Develop a Statewide Public Engagement Implementation Resource

Create a document comprised of the most current public engagement guidance, practices, plans, techniques and performance metrics to help implement MnDOT’s new (2016) Public Engagement Policy. Content from this document would be available in print, online and in training modules to MnDOT project managers, planners and public affairs coordinators, as well as contractors and consultants and sub-recipients of federal funds. ...more »

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Idea Submitted by : Jeanne Aamodt, Renee Raduenz, Sarah Rudolf

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : MnDOT Office of Public Engagement & Constituent Services, St. Paul

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Jeanne Aamodt

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

MnDOT strives to engage a diverse, growing and changing population and to use this information to enhance transportation decisions, earn trust and positively contribute to the communities we serve.

 

With the Public Engagement Policy, MnDOT has made a commitment to improving the agency’s efforts to involve and engage the public in the transportation decision-making process. The policy is the “what.” A companion implementation resource will help address the “how” to proceed and succeed in our stated approach and goals for public engagement.

 

In doing so, we will not only meet the legal and regulatory requirements of public involvement, but also strengthen the continuity between transportation planning, project development, program delivery and maintenance.

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : MnDOT Implementation

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Campaign: Materials and Construction

Hot Pour Crack Sealant: Implementation of the Sealant Grade (SG) System

Need: Properly selected and installed bituminous-based hot-pour crack sealants have the ability to extend the service life of pavements. However, current standards and specifications for sealant selection fail to measure the fundamental properties of sealants, poorly characterize the rheological properties, and fail to predict field performance. Proposed Research: It is proposed that an implementation research project ...more »

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Idea Submitted by : Ed Johnson

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : Office of Materials and Road Research

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Ed Johnson

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : MnDOT Implementation

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Campaign: Maintenance Operations

Market Research on Plow Hits

This is an idea that came out of the discussion at today's Friday vidcon. Collisions with snow plows have been increasing. D-4 cited 3 crashes on I-94 in a 2 hour period under sunny but windy conditions. The idea is to obtain demographic data on drivers who hit plows and other maintenance vehicles via crash reports to see if there's a consistent demographic group. Then develop and implement a market research plan ...more »

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Idea Submitted by : Jean Wallace

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : MPPM

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Maintenance Office

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

Collisions with plows are increasing due to drivers overdriving the road conditions, driving into snow clouds with reduced visibility, distracted driving, and other possible causes. To protect the safety of our plow drivers as well as the traveling public, we should look for ways to continue to reach out to drivers. Traditional methods of communication and education don't seem to be working as well. Let's try something different.

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : MnDOT Implementation

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Campaign: Traffic and Safety

Evaluation and Refinement of Queue Warning System Using ATM Infrastructure

MnDOT has been a leader in investing funding in new technologies to help reduce congestion and improve safety. One such example is the Active Traffic Management (ATM) system on I-35W and I-94 which includes intelligent lane control signals (ILCS) spaced every half mile over every lane to warn motorists of incidents or hazards on the roadway ahead. A previous project entitled "Development of a Queue Warning System Utilizing ...more »

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Idea Submitted by : Brian Kary

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : Metro District RTMC

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Brian Kary

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

The systems deployed have shown some benefits in reducing crashes at these locations but the test period was too short to reach official conclusions on their success. Further analysis is needed to refine the systems and measure their benefits.

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : MnDOT Implementation

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Campaign: Traffic and Safety

Evaluation of MnPASS Access Changes on I-394

A previous project from the UMN entitled "Evaluation of the Effect MnPASS Lane Design has on Mobility and Safety" developed recommendations for designing access spacing on HOT lanes. Based on the recommendations of this study, MNDOT restriped the I-394 MnPASS lanes to have a more open access design. This project would measure the effectiveness of these changes to ensure that a more open access design has not had any ...more »

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Idea Submitted by : Brian Kary

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : Metro District RTMC

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Brian Kary

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

MnDOT and the Metropolitan Council have recommended additional MnPASS lanes for the region in future years because MnPASS is a cost-effective strategy for managing congestion, using existing road capacity to reduce travel times on some of the busiest roads in the metro area. This project would ensure that the recommendations from the UMN study entitled "Evaluation of the Effect MnPASS Lane Design has on Mobility and Safety" are appropriate for not only the existing MnPASS corridors but future designs as well.

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Campaign: Maintenance Operations

Making Minnesota's Roadways Safe Again through Maintaining the Road Right-of-way

To make the roadways safer for both motorists and wildlife the road right-of-ways maintained in a more open state. The skid-steer attachment that would be utilized to complete this idea is safer for the operator, the traveling public because of the way it discharges the debris. The operator can direct the debris away from the roadway. The operator and machine are protected from debris due to the manner in which the debris ...more »

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Idea Submitted by : Isle Truck station

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : District 3A

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Donald Hayes

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

Our right-of-ways are becoming overgrown which leads to unsafe roadways.

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : MOR/NTREC Maintenance Research and Implementation

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Campaign: Maintenance Operations

Salt Reduction Implementation - Alternative De-Icer

MnDOT District One uses on average 40,000 tons of salt per year. To create a visual, this equates to over 1,000 semi loads of material or which would stretch over 20 miles if parked end to end. One table spoon of salt will contaminate 5 gallons of fresh water. Since Northeastern Minnesota is near one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world, Lake Superior, we should be concerned about reducing the long term ...more »

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Idea Submitted by : Duane Hill

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : MnDOT District One

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Duane Hill, District Engineer; Steve Lund, MnDOT Maintenance Engineer, Perry Collins Distriict One ADE, Operations, Chris Cheney, MnDOT D1 maintenance superintendent

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

Reduce the environmental impact of chemical use in snow and ice operations.

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : MnDOT Implementation

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Campaign: Multimodal

Public Transit Vehicle Operator Recruitment and Retention Best Practices Guide

Public transit service providers often struggle to hire and retain new qualified bus drivers, especially in Greater Minnesota. There is a need to expand service in many areas, which is why MnDOT Office of Transit assists communities by investing in new buses using state and federal grant programs. Unfortunately a new bus does not go very far without a driver. TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report ...more »

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Idea Submitted by : Michael Johnson

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : MnDOT Office of Transit

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Tom Gottfried

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

People in Greater Minnesota need viable transportation options to access jobs, services, education and recreation. While driving is the most common form of transportation in Greater Minnesota, safe, responsive, efficient, and environmentally sound transit services that can accommodate bicycles and pedestrians help everyone move smarter, safer and more efficiently. When asked how to make transit a more viable option, transit users and non-users have responded that transit services need to be reliable, predictable and available when and where needed. One important strategy to addressing this goal is expanding coverage of transit services to under-served and unserved communities to help people and communities meet their mobility needs. Overcoming the long-standing problem of recruitment and retention of transit vehicle operators (bus drivers) would make a big difference in our ability to meet this multimodal transportation goal.

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Campaign: Materials and Construction

Deployment of An Acoustic Impedance Tube for Real-Time Concrete Joint Evaluation

Whilst industry is not lacking in concrete condition detection technologies, most distress detection and measuring devices rely on composite layering of good and bad concrete such that the contrast is interpreted as distress. Unfortunately joint deterioration the major form of concrete pavement distress does not provide that convenience. In deteriorated joints a cavity is created at the top through spalling, at the mid ...more »

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Idea Submitted by : Bernard Igbafen Izevbekhai, PE (MN), PhD.

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : Office of Materials and Road Research

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Curt Turgeon, P.E. MnDOT Pavement Manager

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

Cost saving,

Easy non-destructive detection of joint condition

Device is used directly above the joint

It is cost-beneficial to rehabilitate our existing infrastructure forwards the improvement of remaining service life. Such rehabilitations are only cost-effective when the right fixes are performed after the right cost-effective detection of joint condition. This tool provides the advantage.

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : MnDOT Implementation

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