Identify Best Practices in Pavement Design, Materials, Construction and Maintenance in Wet Freeze Climates Similar to Michigan

SPONSOR:  MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

PI:  Zhanping You

The success of this research project can enable MDOT to understand which best practices in other states or countries can be potentially implemented in Michigan. This would help Michigan to improve their pavement system by lowering construction and maintenance cost and extending pavement durability. It is also beneficial for MDOT to update their specifications, manuals and guidelines to be consistent with the development of those innovations in pavement design, pavement materials, construction and maintenance.

The objectives of this research are the following:

• Document best practices nationally and internationally for pavement design,   pavement materials selection, construction (workmanship), and maintenance of roadway pavements in wet freeze climates that are similar to Michigan.
• Identify barriers to implementing the best practices presently not used in Michigan.
• Recommend the best practices that could be implemented in Michigan.

Zhanping You
Zhanping You
Chris Gilbertson
Chris Gilbertson

Identify Best Practices in Pavement Design, Materials, Construction, and Maintenance in Wet Freeze Climates Similar to Michigan

SPONSOR:  MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (MDOT)

PI:  Zhanping You

Michigan is a state with high precipitation and cold winter temperatures (wet-freeze climate).  This wet-freeze climate makes the pavement system in Michigan different from many other regions.  Compared to other regions with different climates, the most noticeable pavement distress in Michigan is freeze-thaw induced damage.  Thermal cracking and fatigue cracking in asphalt pavements and transverse cracking and joint faulting in concrete pavement are also major forms of pavement distress.  In addition, potential damage from de-icing materials and snow removal vehicles are concerns.  These concerns have limited the usage of some pavement types that are widely used in other states or countries.

The success of this research project can enable MDOT to understand which best practices in other states or countries can be potentially implemented in Michigan.

The objectives of this research include:

  • Document best practices nationally and internationally for pavement design, pavement materials selection, construction (workmanship), and maintenance of roadway pavements in wet freeze climates that are similar to MI,
  • Identify barriers to implementing the best practices presently not used in MI,
  • Recommend the best practices that could be implemented in MI
Zhanping You
Zhanping You
Chris Gilbertson
Chris Gilbertson

 

Michigan Local Bridge Load Rating Support & Technology Transfer

SPONSOR:  MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (MDOT)

Photo: State of Michigan

PI:  Tim Colling

This project provides Michigan local agencies and the consultants that serve them with the support and training necessary to ensure that they can be successful in meeting the new bridge load rating and requirements.  Through this program, MDOT plans to maximize the chance of success for local agencies meeting the load rating requirements by providing support in three areas; training, software technical support and engineering technical assistance.

The desired result of the work plan is successful completion of load rating for Tier 1, 2 and 3 local agency owned bridges within their designated time limits as agreed upon by MDOT and FHWA.

The work plan consists of six major tasks:

  1. Bridge load rating training development and delivery
  2. Software technical support
  3. Engineering technical assistance
  4. Research/development assistance
  5. Internal staff training
  6. Project management, reporting and project meetings

 

Tim Colling
Tim Colling
Chris Gilbertson
Chris Gilbertson

Transportation Asset Management Council Education Program Work Plan

Sponsor:  Michigan Department of Transportation

PI:  Tim Colling

Michigan Technological University has assisted the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council (TMAC) by delivering its education program and providing technical services since its inception in 2004.  One of the prime challenges of effectively working with the over 600 local agencies in Michigan is keeping accurate contact information.  The Michigan Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) center maintains a state of the art contact and event management database that make advertising and participation registration for local agency training events a simple, cost effective process.

As it has since its inception, the TAMC training program will be a co-sponsored training event with the Michigan LTAP.

Work tasks include:

  • Conduct two, one day Michigan Transportation Asset Management Workshops
  • Conduct five Introduction to Transportation Asset Management for Elected Officials Training Workshops
  • Assist Coordinating the Michigan Transportation Asset Management one day conference
  • Conduct TAMC PASER Training
  • Conduct three Michigan Transportation Asset Management Bridge Asset Management Workshops
  • Project Management and Reporting
Tim Colling
Tim Colling
Chris Gilbertson
Chris Gilbertson
Pete Torola
Pete Torola

Update and Modernization of the TRAC Program

Sponsor:  Michigan Department of Transportation

PI:  Chris Gilbertson

TRAC™ (Transportation and Civil Engineering) is a hands-on, educational outreach program of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO).  TRAC is a free program that provides teachers with curriculum enhancing, hands-on tools designed for integration into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The original TRAC modules were last revised in 2002 and with updated classroom technologies, upgrades to the eight modules are a necessity.  The Center for Technology & Training recently completed a pilot program to reorganize and edit the Bridge Builder manual in close collaboration with the MDOT project manager.  This pilot provides a template for establishing an appropriate design and layout for updating the remaining TRAC modules.

The work plan for this project includes:

  • Reorganize and edit remaining TRAC modules using the Bridge Builder manual as a template (Highway Development and the Environment, Highway Safety, Magnetic Levitation, Motion and the Transportation Engineer, Roadway Design & Construction, and Traffic Technology)
  • Technology updates to the TRAC PAC 2 modules
  • Provide on-going technical support
Chris Gilbertson
Chris Gilbertson