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           The Research Council staff conduct projects internally and also coordinate research being conducted by other organizations on behalf of the Virginia Department of Transportation. Direct any questions concerning these projects to the key staff contacts shown as the principal investigators.

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Performance of Asphalt Rubber Gap Graded Mixture Overlays over Jointed Concrete Pavements (JCP)
Reflective cracking is a serious challenge associated with pavement rehabilitation. As reflective...
Field Performance and Economic Analysis of Pavement Sections with Highly Polymer-Modified Asphalt Overlays
The objective of this study is to assess the field performance and cost-effectiveness of using hi...
Reliability of Nondestructive Evaluation Methods for Bridge Decks
The purpose of this study is to determine the reliability of rapid-scanning Ground Penetrating Ra...
The Effectiveness of Adding Wildlife Fencing to Existing Underpasses
An implementation project was initiated in 2016 to carry out the recommendations of a VTRC study...
Development of a Systemic Safety Improvement Plan for Two-Lane Rural Roads in Virginia
Approximately 75 percent of highway fatalities and 60 percent of injuries in Virginia occurred on...
Fauquier County Road Orders 1784-1800
Eighteenth century transportation-related court records (“road orders”) for individual Virginia c...
Performance Assessment of Jointless Abutments in Virginia
Since the early 1980’s, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has been developing, eva...
Balanced Mix Design for Asphalt Mixtures: High RAP Field Trials
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has developed a special provision for use...
Corrosion Resistant Steel Bridges on Virginia's Eastern Shore
This study will evaluate and document the use of ASTM A709 Grade 50CR (50CR) for the Jenkins Brid...
Developing a Plan for Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Traffic Operations Applications in Virginia
Currently,the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)  is using unmanned aerial systems (UAS...
Guidelines For Prioritizing Curb Ramp Retrofits Under The Americans With Disabilities Act
Each year, VDOT has to prioritize which curb ramps, out of more than 80,000, should be improved t...
Strategies to Reduce Truck Mounted Attenuator Crashes
The objective of this project is to identify the most promising methods that could reduce the occ...
Investigation of the Factors that Affect Travel Time Reliability
With the MAP-21 System Performance Measure requirements, state DOTs are responsible for not only...
Synthesis of VDOT Historic Bridge Survey, Review, and Management Information
Since the 1970s, VDOT, through the Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC), has conducted...