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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...
Implementation of Unmanned Aerial System-Based (UAS) Digital Photogrammetry for Design, Risk Analysis, and Hazard Mitigation of Rock Slopes
Explore unmanned aerial systems (UAS), using digital photogrammetry and point-cloud data analysis...
Development of a Test Method to Determine the Source of Staining on Structures
The goal of this research is to develop a strategy and approach to determine whether existing sta...
Continued Monitoring of the Varina-Enon Bridge - Estimation of Effective Prestress
The Varina-Enon Bridge, which carries I-295 over the James River near Richmond, has had a history...
Life-Cycle Impact Assessment of In-Place Recycled Pavement Sections
In the last 10 years, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has conducted various pave...
Development of a Methodology for Calibration and Validation of a Mesoscopic Traffic Simulation Model
Traffic simulation models are increasingly being used in the transportation engineering professio...
Driver Response to Dynamic Message Sign Safety Campaign Messages
State transportation agencies have begun developing and sharing more humorous traffic safety mess...
Full Depth Reclamation with Thin Surface Treatment for Low Volume Road Maintenance
Traditional maintenance activities employed by the Virginia Department of Transportation are beco...
Field Evaluation of Reinforced Concrete Repairs using Hydro-Demolition, Galvanic Cathodic Protection or Impressed Current Cathodic Protection
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) uses sounding to identify delaminated concrete o...
Pavement Structural Evaluation with Traffic Speed Deflection Devices (TSDDs) Pooled Fund Study TPF5-385
Virginia is serving as the lead agency of a pooled-fund study to evaluate traffic speed deflectom...
Impact of Access Density on Crash Risk After Controlling for Access Volumes
Past studies have reported that crash risk is affected by access density. However, these early ac...