RAC 2021 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.” ​​The selected states are invited to give a presentation during one of the Sweet Sixteen sessions at the virtual 2021 National RAC Annual Meeting. Sweet Sixteen award winners are listed below, followed by winners of this year’s supplemental categories.

Region 1

Maine (NETC)

Development of MASH Computer Simulated Steel Bridge Rail and Transition Details

Fact Sheet Poster Video

Massachusetts

The Characterization of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement for HMA Surface Courses in MA

Project Brief Video

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania FlexBeam Bridge System

Fact Sheet Video

Vermont

Hydraulic Inspection Vehicle Explorer (HIVE) Culvert Upgrade

Fact Sheet Poster Video Project

Region 2

Florida

Enhanced Hydroplaning Prediction Tool

Video

Louisiana

Best Practices for Assessing Roadway Damages Caused by Flooding

Video

Mississippi

Performance Evaluation of Highway Slopes on Yazoo Clay

Fact Sheet Video

Virginia

Enhancing Existing Isolated Underpasses with Fencing to Decrease Wildlife Crashes and Increase Habitat Connectivity

Fact Sheet Report Video

Region 3

Iowa

Corn-Based Deicers

Fact Sheet Video

Michigan

Develop and Implement a Freeze Thaw Model Based Seasonal Load Restriction Decision Support Tool

Fact Sheet Video

Minnesota

Pavement Markings – Wet Retroreflectivity Standards

Fact Sheet Video

Missouri

Immersive Work Zone Inspection Training Using Virtual Reality

Fact Sheet Video

Region 4

South Dakota

Maintenance Decision Support System Operational Plan

Video

Texas

Evaluating Bridge Behavior Using Ultra High Resolution Next Generation Digital Image Correlation (DIC): Applications in Bridge Inspection and Damage Assessment

Fact Sheet Poster Video

Washington

Preparing for Traffic Signal Operations in a Multi Modal Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Environment

Fact Sheet Slides Video

Wyoming

Safety and Operational Analysis with Mitigation Strategies for Freeway Truck Traffic in Wyoming

Slides Video

RAC 2021 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 “Construction and Maintenance.”

Region 1

New Hampshire

The Integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems to Increase Safety and Decrease Costs of Transportation Projects and Related Tasks

Fact Sheet

New York

Phase 2—High Visibility Crosswalk Pedestrian Study:  Concept to Countermeasure

Fact Sheet

New Hampshire

Airport Paint Study—Implementation and Evaluation

Fact Sheet

Region 2

North Carolina

Reasonable Alternatives for Grade-Separated Intersections

Fact Sheet

Virginia

Roadway Departure Crashes on Rural Roads:  Crash Causation and Systemic Safety Improvement Program Development

Fact Sheet Slides

Florida

Evaluation of Techniques to Remove Defective Grout from Post-Tensioning Tendons

Georgia

An Enhanced GDOT Pavement Preservation Guide with Optimal Timing of Pavement Preservation

Fact Sheet

Region 3

Indiana

RoadHAT 4D – A Practical Tool for Identifying Road Safety Needs and for Adequate Scoping of Road Design Projects

Poster

Michigan

Effectiveness of Green Strobes on Winter Maintenance Vehicles and Equipment

Fact Sheet Slides

Kansas

Evaluation of Cement-Modified Soil (CMS) with Microcracking

Fact Sheet

Wisconsin

Protocols for Concrete Bridge Deck Protections and Treatments

Project Brief

Region 4

Montana

Testing Wildlife Friendly Fencing Modifications to Manage Wildlife and Livestock Movements

Fact Sheet Poster

Nevada

Developing a Quality of Signal Timing Performance Measure Methodology for Arterial Operations

Fact Sheet

Montana

Effective Production Rate Estimation and Activity Sequencing Logics Using Daily Work Report Data

Project Brief Poster

New Mexico

Cost-Effective Methods to Retrofit Metal Culverts Using Glass Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites