I-80 in eastern Iowa, 2008. Photo: © Keven Arrowsmith, Iowa DOT
I-80 in eastern Iowa, 2008. Photo: © Keven Arrowsmith, Iowa DOT
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MTC Research Spotlight: Implementation of Transportation Asset Management in Grandview, Missouri

March 16, 2017

The successful implementation of transportation asset management (TAM) by local governments facilitates the optimization of limited resources. In fact, the use of a data-driven TAM program can help to identify and prioritize needs, identify and ...

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Making work zones ‘work’: FHWA awards $1.5M safety grant to ISU-InTrans

March 06, 2017

Introducing changes to the normal driving experience presents a variety of safety risks, and work zones are no exception to this rule. While work zone fatalities have been trending down since reaching a high of 1,186 in 2002, a recent plateau has ...

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From left, ISU-InTrans team members Anuj Sharma, Jennifer Shane, Peter Savolainen, and David Jeong

Data analytics access would help trucking companies improve safety, productivity

February 28, 2017

The trucking industry loses billions of dollars and wastes millions of hours each year sitting idle in traffic. Helping drivers avoid congestion would increase productivity and improve safety, says a team of Iowa State University and industry researchers.

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Big data may be the answer to helping the trucking industry improve productivity and safety. (Iowa DOT photo)

Bridge monitoring is immediate, autonomous and easily accessible

November 09, 2016

If a highway bridge fails, the results can be catastrophic.

Fortunately, bridge failure in the United States is the excep­tion—with, on average, about 50 bridges each year failing. And to ensure bridge performance as much as ...

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Sensors were used on the U.S. Highway 65 bridge in Iowa Falls.

Optimizing the support system under concrete pavements

November 01, 2016

High-quality foundation layers (the natural subgrade, the subbase, and embankment) are essential for optimizing pavement performance. No matter how well a pavement is designed, lack of uniform support conditions can contribute to premature pavement ...

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Diagram of in situ testing of pavement foundation layer conditions.

$1 million NSF award to help researchers reduce the impacts of traffic incidents

October 10, 2016

A team led by an Iowa State University Institute for Transportation (inTrans) researcher has been granted a $1 million, three-year National Science Foundation award to develop an improved system to reduce the duration and impacts of  traffic ...

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Anuj Sharma, right with Neal Hawkins

ISU pavement center, West Des Moines testing a modified concrete mixture

September 12, 2016

A new industrial development in West Des Moines, Iowa, is providing a unique opportunity to test a modified concrete mixture on several pavement sections. The city is especially interested in monitoring the performance of the pavements’ joints.

The ...

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Workers paved a West Des Moines street last year with a modified concrete mixture.

Hawkins in 'PI Spotlight' by Illinois Center for Transportation

August 01, 2016
InTrans associate director and Center for Transportation Research and Education director Neal Hawkins has been highlighted in the "PI Spotlight" by the Illinois Center for Transportation.   See the story: http://ict.illinois.edu/2016/07/01/pi-spotlight-neal-hawkins/
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InTrans pavement markings research featured in Roads & Bridges magazine

June 21, 2016

Research on pavement markings by the Institute for Transportation's Neal Hawkins, Omar Smadi, and Skylar Knickerbocker was featured in Roads & Bridges magazine.

The team of researchers recently partnered with the Minnesota ...

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ISU transportation data service helping State Patrol determine highway ‘deer hotspots’

June 08, 2016

It’s not news when cars hit deer, but the Iowa Department of Public Safety, which includes the State Patrol, has taken notice of the collective damage to its vehicles from striking whitetails and other animals.

That’s why ...

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White-tailed deer crossing

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