RAC 2020 Sweet Sixteen and Supplemental Categories

High Value Research Projects

The Value of Research Task Force is pleased to announce this year’s selections for the “Sweet Sixteen.” ​​States selected with a Sweet Sixteen award are invited to give a presentation during one of the Sweet Sixteen sessions at the virtual 2020 AASHTO RAC/TRB Representative Annual Meeting. Sweet Sixteen award winners are listed below, followed by winners of this year’s supplemental categories.

Region 1

District DOT

ParkDC Penn Quarter/Chinatown Multimodal Value Pricing Pilot Project

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Maine DOT

Development and Implementation of Culvert Outlet Diffuser to Improve Stream Flow

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Massachusetts DOT

Improving Pedestrian Infrastructure Inventory in Massachusetts Using Mobile LiDAR

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Pennsylvania DOT

Regionalized Urban/Suburban Collector Road Safety Performance Functions (SPFs)

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Region 2

Florida DOT

Mainstreaming TSM&O: From Policy to Practice

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Louisiana DOTD

Adoption of E-Construction Inspection

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Virginia DOT

Assessment of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Towing and Recovery Incentive Program (TRIP) Pilot

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Virginia DOT

Use of Corrosion-Resistant Stainless Steel for the Construction of Bridges

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Region 3

Michigan DOT

Evaluating Long Term Capacity and Ductility of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Prestressing and Post Tensioning Strands

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Iowa DOT

Remote Controlled Hydrographic Survey System

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Indiana DOT

Risk-based Construction Inspection

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Minnesota DOT

A Guide to Successfully Convert Severely Distressed Paved Roads to Engineered Unpaved Roads

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Region 4

Arizona DOT

Evaluation of Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons on Arizona Highways

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California DOT

Wrong Way Driver Mitigation

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Montana DOT

Guidelines for Chemically Stabilizing Problematic Soils

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Texas DOT

Full Depth Reclamation in Maintenance Operations using Emerging Technologies

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RAC 2020 Supplemental Categories

High Value Research Projects

The Value of Research Task Force is pleased to announce this year’s supplemental selections.  The two categories chosen for this year’s supplemental awards were “Safety” and “Maintenance, Management, and Preservation.”

Region 1

New Hampshire DOT

Active Transportation Accounting: Developing Metrics for Project Prioritization

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Vermont Agency of Transportation

Snow and Ice Control Performance Measurement:  Comparing “Grip”, Traffic Speed Distributions and Safety Outcomes During Winter Storms

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Connecticut DOT

Adaptation of 3D Scanning Technology for High Precision Bridge Inspection

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New Jersey DOT

Real-Time Signal Performance Measurement (RT-SPM)

Region 2

Georgia DOT

Validating Change of Sign and Pavement Conditions and Evaluating Sign Retroreflectivity Condition Assessment on Georgia’s Interstate Highways Using 3D Sensing Technologies

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South Carolina DOT

Sign Life Expectancy

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Region 3

Minnesota DOT

Evaluation of the Smart Work Zone Speed Notification System

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Missouri DOT

Evaluation of Automated Flagger Assistance Devices

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Iowa DOT

Iowa DOT Snowplow Optimization

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Kansas DOT

Initial Analytical Investigation of Overhead Sign Trusses with Respect to Remaining Fatigue Life and Predictive Methods for Inspection

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Region 4

Nevada DOT

High-Resolution Micro Traffic Data from Roadside LiDAR Sensors for Connected-Vehicles and New Traffic Applications

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Washington State DOT

Evaluation of New Rumble Strip Designs to Reduce Roadside Noise and Promote Safety

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Utah DOT

Reducing Long-Term Consolidation Settlement from New Embankments

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Washington State DOT

Bio-Based Renewable Additives for Anti-Icing Applications

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