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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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Development of Design Recommendations for Non-Contact, Hooked Bar Lap Splices for Large Reinforcing Bars
There has been an increase in the design of bridge substructures using precast elements in order...
Methods to Analyze and Predict Interstate Travel Time Reliability – Phase II
Accurate prediction of reliability measures would help state DOTs set performance targets and com...
Behavior of the Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Elastic Inclusion at Integral Abutments
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Structure and Bridge Division has promoted and d...
Mixed Reality-Assisted Element Level Inspection and Documentation
Assessing the condition of VDOT’s inventory of 21,000 bridges and culverts requires substantial t...
Evaluation of Recycled Plastic Modified Asphalt Mixtures: Phase I
With the changes in recycling streams over the past few years, the interest in diverting plastics...
Dissimilar Metal Welds Between ASTM A709 Grade 50CR and Other Bridge Steels
Steel bridges can be susceptible to corrosion if adequate corrosion protection design and detaili...
Fiber Reinforced Concrete (FRC) Beam End Repairs for Corroded Steel Beam Ends
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) allocates approximately $215M every year on brid...
A Pilot Study for Developing the Sliding Window Screening Method using New Segmentation on Virginia Roadways
The Virginia Department ofTransportation is currently using the simple ranking method as their pr...
Mechanistic-Based Evaluation of Performance Thresholds for Engineered Surface Asphalt Mixtures
In general, three approaches can be considered to develop performance-based threshold criteria fo...
Factors Influencing Pedestrian Decisions to Cross Mid-Block and Potential Countermeasures
According to the 2017 Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Pedestrian Safety Action Plan,...
Socioeconomic Inequality on Virginia Roads at the Census Tract Leve
Socioeconomic inequality is a pressing concern that our society grapples with, as its mitigation...
Inter-Laboratory Study for the Indirect Tensile Test at High Temperature and Rapid Rutting Test
In 2020, the Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC) initiated a two-phase research proje...
Pavement Preservation Demonstration Projects Using NCHRP Provisional Specification for Chip Seal and Microsurfacing
VDOT's Richmond District will construct a chip seal section and Hampton Roads District will const...
Strategies to Increase Driver Safety and Connect Habitat for Elk and Other Wildlife Along Corridor Q in Southwest Virginia
Construction is underway along a 14.2-mile section of highway in Buchanan County, designated as U...
A Systemic Evaluation of Wrong Way Driving Crashes and Countermeasures on VDOT Roadways
This project aims to perform a systemic evaluation of wrong way driving (WWD) incidents, crash ri...
Developing Long-term Aging Protocols for Cracking Performance Evaluation of Asphalt Mixtures in Virginia
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) currently requires the use of the Indirect Tensi...