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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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Incorporating Potential Climate Change Impacts in Bridge and Culvert Design
Climate change is resulting in long term trends in precipitation and streamflow. As a result, des...
Using Google Earth and Google Street View for Slope Cut Inventory and Rockfall Hazard Rating
An inventory of rock slope cuts and corresponding rockfall hazards are one of the main components...
Planning Corridors for Transit Signal Priority while Considering Pedestrian Delay
The proposed study will develop guidance for VDOT for Transit Signal Priority (TSP) implementatio...
Improving Inventory and Investment of Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Through Targeted Public Outreach
VDOT is committed to providing and maintaining transportation infrastructure for a transportation...
Refining Environmental DNA Protocols Developed for the Endangered James Spinymussel (Pleurobema Collina)
The James Spinymussel (JSM) is an endangered freshwater mussel endemic to aquatic habitats in non...
Development of a Simplified Analysis for Corroded Steel Beam Ends
Leaking deck joints can subject steel beams to accelerated corrosion from excessive accumulation...
Guidelines for Using Streetlight Data for Planning Tasks
VDOT recently purchased a subscription to Streetlight—an application that provides estimate...
Safety Benefits and Best Practices for Intersection Lighting
Intersections are inherently risky as they represent the primary point of conflicting traffic mov...
Condition Modeling & Forecasting within VDOT's Bridge Management System
Applying data mining, analytics, informatics, and analysis of legacy bridge data warehoused the V...
Existing Condition Assessment, Remaining Service Life Prediction, and Evaluation of Repair Methods for VDOT's Salt Water Detention Ponds
VDOT owns over 200 salt water detention ponds in the state. The majority of these ponds were cons...