Welcome to the MN Transportation Research Collaboration Website

MnDOT Research Services wants your ideas for the MnDOT and LRRB Research and Research Implementation Program, and this is where we gather them.

Register or log in to submit a new idea or vote on the ideas. The deadline was February 20 for submitting new ideas here, and Feb. 23 for completing the detailed questionnaire. Funding decisions will be made by TRIG on April 1. (Click here to read the implementation project guidelines PDF.)

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Traffic and Safety

Smart Work Zone Speed Notification System

Project would be a pilot of a Variable Downstream Speed Notification System on Interstate 94 in the Twin Cities metro area. Based on downstream traffic conditions, drivers will be given a notification of downstream speeds at several locations within the work zone and possibly other information (to be determined) in an effort to better manage speeds and reduce crashes when work zone congestion develops. The project would ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: Tiffany Dagon

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: MnDOT Metro Traffic

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Tiffany Dagon/Ken Johnson

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Research

Idea Status (moderator): Alan Rindels

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

4 votes
4 up votes
0 down votes

Traffic and Safety

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of ATM Messages Used During Incidents - Phase 2

Currently the UMN is studying the effectiveness ATM messages have during incidents on I-94. As part of this analysis, they are reviewing approximately 30 incidents on camera to see how people respond to the ATM messages displayed on the overhead lane control signals. The second phase would continue this effort but reviewing additional incidents and testing other ATM messages. The second phase would also compare the ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: Brian Kary

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: Metro District RTMC

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Brian Kary

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Research

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

3 votes
3 up votes
0 down votes

Maintenance, Operations and Security

Field Validation of Fatigue Detection Technology

Research has shown that driving after 1 night without sleep is similar to driving at a BAC of .05; however, drivers tend to underestimate or ignore the impact that drowsiness has on their ability to drive safely. For example, in 2012, 443 crashes were attributed to drowsy driving in Minnesota alone. However, this number may be an underestimate of the true magnitude of the problem of drowsy driving due to the lack of an ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: Nichole Morris

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: University of Minnesota, HumanFIRST

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Brad Estochen, MnDOT

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Research

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

4 votes
4 up votes
0 down votes

Traffic and Safety

Implementation of Relative Risk Assessment Tool for Permitted Left-Turn Treatments

A soon-to-be completed MnDOT research project has developed a spreadsheet tool for estimating how the risk of a left-turn crash varies as traffic volumes change throughout the day. The goal is to use this tool to support decisions about switching between protected and permitted left-turn treatments using flashing yellow arrow. The goal of this implementation project is to incorporate several suggestions made by potential ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: Gay A. Davis

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: University of Minnesota

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Kevin Schwartz, MnDOT

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Implementation

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

3 votes
3 up votes
0 down votes

Maintenance, Operations and Security

Development of a Normal Condition Regain Time Estimation System for Snow Events

The capability to accurately and reliably estimate the road traffic conditions during snow events is of critical importance in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the MnDOT’s winter maintenance operations. Currently the lane regain times after snow events are manually reported by the plow truck drivers through their visual inspection of the road conditions. In this project, a computerized system will be developed ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: Mike kamnikar

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: Metro Maintenance

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Mike Kamnikar

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Implementation

Idea Status (moderator): Implementation plan drafted, funded by MnDOT

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

4 votes
4 up votes
0 down votes

Traffic and Safety

Pilot program examining ASE in Work Zones

Recently, there has been increased support for automated speed enforcement (ASE) in high-risk zones in Minnesota (i.e. work zones); however, public and legislative support for general automated ticketing is still tenuous. An ASE System could work to reduce traffic offenses and improve safety in work zones by eliminating anonymity of offenders, increasing drivers’ awareness of their own behaviors, and providing a forum ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: Nichole Morris

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: University of Minnesota; HumanFIRST Laboratory

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Katie Fleming- MnDOT

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Research

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

3 votes
3 up votes
0 down votes

Materials and Construction

Determining Pipe Construction Costs for Asset Management

As part of the WIG, efforts are underway to determine maintenance costs for repair and replacement of culverts. To fully develop a resource demand model cost data for construction projects needs to be analyzed and costs documented. Repair and replacement costs are likely to vary depending on the type of construction project, type of pipe and other factors. It is important to determine which factors need to be considered ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: Andrea Hendrickson

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: Bridge Office

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Andrea Hendrickson

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Implementation

Idea Status (moderator): Funding through other sources

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

5 votes
5 up votes
0 down votes

Materials and Construction

Enhanced Pipe Inspection

Visual inspection is the most common practice for inspecting pipe for HydInfra or construction. Pipes are inspected both to determine a condition code and for construction acceptance. It is difficult to see long distances in pipes or to accurately measure deflections, joint separations or cracks. There have been instances where pipes were not installed correctly leading to costly repairs or the need to replace prematurely. ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: Andrea Hendrickson

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: Bridge

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Andrea Hendrickson

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Implementation

Idea Status (moderator): Implementation plan drafted, funded by MnDOT

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

5 votes
5 up votes
0 down votes

Policy and Planning

Freight Performance Measure corridor level

We propose to implement the results from the 2014 Using Truck GPS Data for Freight Performance Analysis in the Twin Cities Metro Area study to regularly generate freight performance measures such as truck delay, travel time reliability and potential truck parking demand at corridor level. In accordance with the state freight plan, these measures will help us understand where and when trucks are most impacted by congestion. ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: John Tompkins

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: MnDOT Office of Freight & Commercial Vechicle Operations

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : William Gardner

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Implementation

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

2 votes
2 up votes
0 down votes

Environment

Tailgate Test for Determining Appropriate Sediment Reducing Chemicals & Dose Rates

This implementation research is to develop an on-site, tailgate test tool-kit of commonly available suspended solids reduction chemicals (based on previous research) along with sample bottle procedures for appropriate chemical selection and verification of the most cost-effective chemical treatments. Based on the field test, scaleable dosing and ramping calculations can then be determined and applied. Additionally, methods ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: Dwayne Stenlund

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: MnDOT Office of Environmental Stewardship

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Dwayne Stenlund, MnDOT

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Implementation

Idea Status (moderator): Implementation plan drafted, funded by MnDOT

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

3 votes
3 up votes
0 down votes

Environment

MnDOT Expansion of Adoption of Blowing Snow Control Treatments on Private Lands

The objective of the implementation project would be to develop a strategy for increasing adoption of snow fences (living, structural, bales, silage bags and standing corn rows) in Minnesota based on an understanding of constraints and opportunities to farmer/landowner adoption. Our previous research project snow (MN/RC 2012-03) estimated the costs and benefits for landowners/farmers establishing snow fences and for ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: Dean Current, Gary Wyatt and Diomy Zamora

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: University of Minnesota

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Dan Gullickson, MnDOT Office of Environmental Stewardship

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Implementation

Idea Status (moderator): Implementation plan drafted, funded by MnDOT

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

5 votes
5 up votes
0 down votes

Maintenance, Operations and Security

Paver/Shouldering Machine in one

This unit can be used both as a paver and also as a shouldering machine. This is not meant for big production paving jobs but for small sections where it’s more cost effective to repair using internal resources rather than spending extra time and money on dealing with the external vendor process. Some of the possibilities for use would be flood damage or culvert replacement. The State of North Dakota purchased 2 of these ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: Ryan Otte

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: Office Of Maintenance

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Tony Bowe MnDOT District 2

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MOR/NTREC Maintenance Research

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

26 votes
26 up votes
0 down votes

Traffic and Safety

Applying Traffic Safety Culture

The recommendations found in the MnDOT sponsored 'Measurement of Traffic Safety Culture in Minnesota' include development and implementation of a project or campaign that increases public recognition of the need for traffic safety. Such a project should be implemented across the social ecology. That is, across the many aspects of daily life promote safe road behavior – family and friends, workplace and schools, in the ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: Katie Fleming

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: MnDOT Office of Traffic, Safety, and Technology

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Katie Fleming, MnDOT - OTST

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Implementation

Idea Status (moderator): Implementation plan drafted

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

6 votes
6 up votes
0 down votes

Traffic and Safety

Using Data from Mobile Devices to Determine Traffic Volumes

Companies such as AirSage are collecting billions of data points every day from mobile devices. Currently data such as origin-destination, travel times, speeds and traffic volumes are being reported. We would like to determine the accuracy of the proportional traffic count data and the feasibility of using estimated traffic volumes from this data to replace hundreds of tube counts that are taken every year statewide. ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: Gene Hicks

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: MnDOT Office of Transportation System Management

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Ben Timerson / Tim Henkel

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Research

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

10 votes
10 up votes
0 down votes

Traffic and Safety

Cameras at Flagging Operations

Will cameras apparent at flagger stations modify driver's behavior to make them more likely to obey the flagger's direction.

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Idea Submitted by: Ken Johnson

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: Office of Traffic, Safety & Technology

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Ken Johnson or Bob Vasek

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Research

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

2 votes
2 up votes
0 down votes

Policy and Planning

Digital Asset Management software for cataloging, storing and sharing photos/videos

This would be to purchase a department-wide digital asset management system to catalog photos and videos for MnDOT. The primary users would be MnDOT communications staff (Office of Communications, District Public Affairs Coordinators, etc.) and the MnDOT Library. MnDOT's photographer, Dave Gonzalez, has more than 160,000 photos stored on various media. None of them have been cataloged using keywords or metadata. In addition, ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: Nick Busse, Sheila Hatchell, Kevin Gutknecht

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: MnDOT Research Services & Library, MnDOT Communications Office

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Sheila Hatchell

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: Not sure (contact Research Services to discuss)

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

3 votes
3 up votes
0 down votes

Policy and Planning

Integrating an Industry Cluster Approach into MnDOT’s Planning and Operations

The MnDOT cluster study completed in January 2015 identifies implementation ideas for MnDOT to consider using industry clusters as framework. The BNSF Rail Freight Economy also identifies recommendations for MnDOT. Likewise, the District Manufacturing Studies have generated many operational ideas for the District Engineers to follow up on as well as broader opportunities for follow up by other MnDOT offices. This project ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: Jon Huseby, District Engineer, and Donna Koren, Market Research Director

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: District 8, MnDOT Office of Customer Relations

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Jon Huseby (Management Champion) and Donna Koren (project manager)

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Implementation

Idea Status (moderator): Implementation plan drafted

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

1 vote
1 up votes
0 down votes

Maintenance, Operations and Security

Test and Demonstration of Connected Vehicles Applications to Maintenance Operations

High speed, low latency wireless communication of vehicle position is a critical element of the Connected Vehicles program of the USDOT. Many safety, traffic and operational applications based on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication using Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) have been in development for some time. Vehicle Awareness Devices (VAD), which combine DSRC communications ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: Max Donath

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: University of Minnesota

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Cory Johnson, Sue Lodahl

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Implementation

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

4 votes
4 up votes
0 down votes

Traffic and Safety

Develop a Tool to Determine MnPASS Access Spacing

A previous project from the UMN entitled "Evaluation of the Effect MnPASS Lane Design has on Mobility and Safety" focused on the operational and design features of MnPASS lanes. The past research developed recommendations for designing access spacing on HOT lanes. This project would develop tools that MnDOT staff could utilize to implement these recommondations within the design of future MnPASS lanes.

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Idea Submitted by: Brian Kary

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: Metro District - RTMC

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Brian Kary

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Implementation

Idea Status (moderator): Implementation plan drafted, funded by MnDOT

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

2 votes
2 up votes
0 down votes

Materials and Construction

Designing The Sub-Base and Subgrade to Resist The Enviromental Effects on Pavement

MnDOT has design procedures to determine the necessary pavement structure to carry the expected traffic. However these procedures do not account for seasonal and moisture effects that may cause differential frost heave, failure of subsurface material, or degrade the pavement smoothness. The objective of this study would be to develop a simple design tool that would allow the pavement designer to optimize the depth of ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: Tim Andersen

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: MnDOT

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Steve Lund

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Implementation

Idea Status (moderator): Implementation plan to be reviewed by MEO

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

6 votes
6 up votes
0 down votes

Materials and Construction

Stress-Based Design Tool for Dowel Bar Configurations in Jointed Concrete Pavement

The objective of this study would be to develop a simple design tool that would allow the pavement designer to optimize the size and spacing of dowel bars in jointed concrete pavements. This tool would be focused on limiting the stresses in the concrete surrounding each dowel bar, for a limited number of dowel bar configurations. Each design would be based both on measured and calculated stresses determined through ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: Tim Andersen

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: MnDOT

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Steve Lund

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Research

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

5 votes
5 up votes
0 down votes

Materials and Construction

Thin Whitetopping Selection Procedure

Minnesota participated in the FHWA Pooled Fund Study TPF 5-165, Development of Design Guide for Thin and Ultrathin Concrete Overlays of Existing Asphalt Pavements and University of Pittsburgh design the bonded concrete overlay of asphalt mechanistic-empirical design procedure (BCOA-ME). This pavement structure has been referred to as thin and ultra-thin whitetopping. The one area of deficiency in the application of ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: Tim Andersen

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: MnDOT

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Steve Lund

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Implementation

Idea Status (moderator): Implementation plan drafted, funded by MnDOT

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

5 votes
5 up votes
0 down votes

Materials and Construction

Forensic Examination of Asphalt Pavements

Some ashalt pavement projects perform very well and others do not. I am suggesting that MnDOT determining what design and resultant mix factors are the most important and seem to lead to actual observed pavement success or poor performance, and what factors are not that important. I am suggesting that a very thorough forensic analysis be undertaken on a fairly large number of existing asphalts paving projects, 6 to ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: Ted Sexton

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: District 1, Duluth MnDOT

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : John Garrity

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Research

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

7 votes
7 up votes
0 down votes

Multimodal

Highway rail grade crossing safety project selection

MnDOT has typically used the accident prediction formula to suggest priorities for installation of gates at highway rail grade crossings. Once gates are installed, we usuallydo not consider other measures. Crossing accidents continue to occur including at crossings with gates. This project will evaluate the safety issues at highway rail grade crossings and recommend a broader range of potential safety actions that can ...more »

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Idea Submitted by: Maureen Jensen

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: Office of Freight

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Bill Gardner

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Implementation

Idea Status (moderator): Implementation plan drafted, funded by MnDOT

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

2 votes
2 up votes
0 down votes

Materials and Construction

Knowledge Retention

Complete an implementation project that would emulate the knowledge retention methodology that has been established by KRAFT Foods to pass knowledge on to their workforces for production lines and R&D to measure how suitable this knowledge retention method would be for state and local government workforces.

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Idea Submitted by: Mike Leegard

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other: Office of Construction and Innovative Contracting

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Mike Leegard

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS: MnDOT Implementation

Idea Status (moderator): Implementation plan drafted, funded by MnDOT

Stage: Active

Feedback Score

5 votes
5 up votes
0 down votes

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