We deliver knowledge solutions and innovations so that MoDOT can make informed decisions. Research staff administer contract research to outside organizations to solve organizational challenges.
Research projects are focused on how MoDOT can change processes, products or materials in order to do our jobs in the most efficient and economical manner.
The Research Section falls under the Construction and Materials Division within MoDOT and is located in the Central Laboratory building.
What We Do
We develop an annual research program, focusing on strategic areas such as Safety, Bridges, Pavements, Materials, Geotechnical Issues, Erosion Control, Maintenance, Multimodal Transportation, Best Practices and Customer Satisfaction.
The Research Section is also responsible for other activities:
Immersive Work Zone Inspection Training Using Virtual Reality
Can virtual reality tools be used to train engineers that inspect work zones? This report delves in to interactive and immersive training platforms that use virtual reality to train state department of transportation (DOT) staff who inspect work zones for compliance.
TITAN – An Interactive Web-based Platform for Transportation Data InTegration and ANalytics
Prototype software like TITAN allows MoDOT to harness the wealth of existing big data sources and to do so efficiently and easily using user-friendly graphical tools.
Field Implementation and Monitoring of Behavior of Economical and Crack-Free High-Performance Concrete for Pavement and Transportation Infrastructure Constructions – Phase II
The aim of this project was to validate findings of the Phase I research through field implementation and develop guidelines for the use of Eco-HPC for sustainable transportation infrastructure construction.
Field Implementation of High-Volume Recycled Materials for Sustainable Pavement Construction
The objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of producing sustainable concrete materials for rigid pavement construction using high volume of recycled materials. The goal was to replace 50% of all solid materials in the concrete with recycled materials and industrial by-products.
Roller Compacted Concrete for Rapid Pavement Construction
The main objective of this research was to develop high-performance Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) with enhanced solid skeleton to secure greater workability, mechanical properties, and frost durability. The study involved the development of a stepwise mixture design methodology to select aggregate proportioning and particle-size distribution of c...
Performance Characteristics of Modern Recycled Asphalt Mixes in Missouri, Including Ground Tire Rubber, Recycled Roofing Shingles, and Rejuvenators
Field Implementation of Super-Workable Fiber-Reinforced Concrete for Infrastructure Construction
A fiber-reinforced super-workable concrete (FR-SWC) made with 0.5% micro-macro steel fibers and 5% CaO-based expansive agent was used for the new deck slab of Bridge A8509.