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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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Evaluation of Strategies to Reduce Truck Turnarounds at the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel
The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) is a source of significant recurring and nonrecurring cong...
Installation and Initial Evaluation of Paving Fabric Interlayer for Preventing Reflective Cracking in Asphalt Pavements
Propagation of cracks from existing pavements into new overlay (reflective cracking) is a major p...
Effect of Cold Central Plant Recycled Asphalt Mixture Stockpiling on Mixture Performance
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of stockpiling on a Cold Central Plant Rec...
Examination of Features Correlated with Roadway Departure Crashes on Rural Roads
In 2016 almost half of the traffic fatalities that occurred on Virginia’s roads were the re...
Corrosion Resistant Steel Fastener Assemblies
This project will include mechanical, corrosion, metallographic, metallurgical, and nondestructiv...
Connected Traffic Control System (CTCS): Research Planning and Concept Development
The Connected Vehicle pooled fund study (CV PFS) and FHWA have been collaborating to develop and...
Pavement Friction Management Program - Statewide Pilot
This proposed research would continue the development and implementation of a continuous data-bas...
Assessment of Capacity Changes Due to Automated Vehicles on Freeway Corridors
This project will assess capacity changes due to the introduction of connected and automated vehi...
Improving Safety Analysis Methods to Better Address Traffic Conditions and Dynamic Countermeasures
Considerable research has recently been devoted to establishing relationships between crashes and...
Connected Vehicle Pooled Fund Study Phase 4, TPF 5-206
The goal of Phase 4 of the Connected Vehicle Pooled Fund Study is to support state and local agen...
Crushed Hydraulic Cement Concrete Adjacent to Underdrains
The objectives of this field study are: (1) to confirm the validity under field conditions of Cru...
Development of Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) Inputs for Stone Matrix Asphalt (SMA)
Effective January 1st, 2018 VDOT adopted AASHTOWare Pavement ME as its official pavement design p...
Performance Mixture Design for Asphalt Mixtures: Phase I, Roadmap and Specification Development
Improving asphalt mixture durability is a VDOT priority. The performance mixture design (PMD) con...