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 Serial/Series Title: Research report (University of Texas at Austin. Center for Transportation Research)
Application guide and specifications for geotextiles in roadway applications
Abstract: "Geotextiles, one among the different geosynthetic products, can be used for a number of functions or applications in pavement design. The benefits of using geotextiles in pavements and other transportation applications have triggered a proliferation of products. While this abundance of new products has led to reduction in costs, it has also made it difficult for TxDOT personnel to choose appropriate products based on their engineering properties. Consequently, this report provides the basis for (i) guidelines for proper use and selection of geotextiles in pavements, (ii) material specifications for geotextiles in pavement applications, and (iii) draft construction specifications."
Assessing the environmental justice impacts of toll road projects
"The objective of this study was to extend the work that was conducted under TxDOT Research Project 0-5208 by (a) reviewing the ability of available tools and analysis techniques to quantify and qualitatively describe the (environmental justice) EJ impacts associated with toll road projects and toll road systems through an evaluation of state-of-the-practice applications, and (b) recommending a suitable approach to assess the EJ impacts of toll roads and toll road systems on EJ communities."
Comparative study of mechanical and corrosion resistance properties of bridge post-tensioning strands
This report summarized the exploration of new methods of protection for the strands used in post-tensioning of concrete bridges.
Comparison of hot rubber crack sealants to emulsified asphalt crack sealants (first report of a three-year study)
"This report presents the results, findings, conclusions, and recommendations based on the surveys, lab tests, and information collected on the test sections for the first year of a 3 year study. This project is intended to compare the cost-effectiveness, ease and safety of installation, performance, and life-cycle cost for hot rubber asphalt crack sealant, cold pout asphalt emulsion crack sealant, and cold pour asphalt emulsion joint sealant."
Correlation of field performance to Hamburg Wheel Tracking Device results
This report presents the results and findings of the first year of this 5-year research project that evaluated the laboratory-field correlation for the Hamburg Wheel Tracking Device (HWTD) equipment.
Design and application of accessible land-use modeling tools for Texas regions
"This report consists of two parts. The first summarizes key details of the Suitability Analysis (SA) model, while the second illustrates the implementation details of the Gravity Land-Use Model (G-LUM). Both modeling approaches have been applied to the Austing region of Texas, but for different case study examples."
Equipment replacement optimization
"The objective of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Research Project 7-4941 is to; determine the best optimization methodology; evaluate commercial fleet management systems; develop the model if this cost-effective relative to purchasing a commercial model; and validate the new model as needed using data available on TxDOT's current fleet."
Estimating Texas motor vehicle operating costs : final report
"This report and its appendices summarize the findings of a 2-year extension to the TxDOT-sponsored study 0-5974 entitled "Estimating Texas Motor Vehicle Costs" undertaken by a Center for Transportation Research (CTR) team of mechanical engineers and economists at The University of Texas at Austin."
Fatigue life of steel base plate to pole connections for traffic structures
"This is a final report of an extensive experimental and analytical examination of the fatigue behavior of the welded end connection used on high-mast light structures and traffic signal masts. The weld details commonly used for these connections produce very poor fatigue performance. Their performance is a function of base plate stiffness, weld type and geometry, and number of anchor bolts. Recommended connections and their corresponding fatigue strength are given as well as recommended fabrication and welding specifications."
Geosynthetic-reinforced unbound base courses: quantification of the reinforcement benefits
"As part of Research Project 0-4829, a new testing device was developed and a monitoring program was initiated to evaluate the performance of geosynthetics used as reinforcement for unbound base courses. This implementation involves the use of the new testing device and procedures developed by the 0-4829 research project. Specifically, the testing involves a modified pullout device for characterization of the confined stiffness in geosynthetic reinforcements. The project also provides continued monitoring of 32 experimental test sections constructed on FM2 (Bryan District) for the purposes of correlating field performance with material characterization. The experimental component of this implementation project was accomplished by testing four different geosynthetic reinforcement products in order to verify the draft specifications recommended by project 0-4829. The field component of this implementation project involved continued condition survey, moisture monitoring, falling weight deflectometer (FWD) testing, and weather data gathering in order to establish the threshold of the proposed parameter in the new specification based on field performance."
Guidance for erection and construction of curved I-girder bridges
"This report summarizes the methods, results, and recommendations from a research investigation on the behavior of horizontally curved girders during construction. This information provides guidance on critical issues that bridge engineers face when designing curved steel plate I-girders."
Guidance on extracting value from Texas Department of Transportation's land holdings
"In this report the Center of Transportation Research at The University of Texas at Austin undertook a comprehensive research study to identify and determine when, where, and under what circumstances Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) should pursue the implementation of Value Extraction Applications (VEA), and how to effectively recognize and involve key stakeholders."
Impacts of energy developments on the Texas Transportation System infrastructure
"Texas energy sector has a critical impact-historically and currently-on both the state economy and the Texas transportation system. The stat's various transportation modes, including rail, highways, pipelines, and ports, form a system that supports the energy sector in a number of ways."
Implementing a project and portfolio management system for TxDOT project development
"Beginning in the summer of 1999, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) started developing the framework for implementing a sophisticated new system to manage its large and diverse portfolio of projects during their development phase. This was followed by the implementation itself for managing project schedules, project and portfolio resources and costs during their development cycle. This unique and challenging implementation across TxDOT encompassed all functional areas involved in the project development phase. It was successfully completed by overcoming technical, technological, and cultural challenges inherent with any implementation of this scale and magnitude."
Implementing a project and portfolio management system for TxDOT project development
"Beginning in the summer of 2099, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) started developing the framework for implementing a sophisticated new system to manage its large and divers portfolio of projects during their development phase. This was followed by the implementation itself for managing project schedules, project and portfolio resources and costs during their development cycle. This unique and challenging implementation across TxDOT encompassed all functional areas involved in the project development phase. It was successfully completed by overcoming technical, technological, and cultural challenges inherent with any implementation of this scale and magnitude."
Laboratory and field evaluations of external sulfate attack in concrete
"The research described in this report aims to address several of these lingering issues, especially those that are particularly relevant to the state of Texas."
Laboratory evaluation of influence of operational tolerance (acceptance criterion) on performance of Hot-Mix Asphalt Concrete
The objective of the study was to determine the effects of variability in key mix design factors, such as asphalt content, gradation, and density, on the laboratory performance of different hot-mix asphalt samples that were mixed and compacted in the laboratory. Variability was kept within specified limits by the allowable operational tolerances, and performance was addressed through the evaluation of the results obtained from volumetric properties and laboratory tests, such as flexural fatigue test, Hamburg wheel-tracking test, and overlay tester. A series of statistical analyses was conducted to develop relationships between the key mix design factors and the observed laboratory performances of each type of mixture. From the analysis, the effects of the main variables on the results of the performance tests used in this study were found. Finally, a statistically-based sensitivity analysis was conducted to reveal the relationship between different tolerance levels and mixture performance for the individual mixtures types.
Literature review of current practices in dealing with fluctuations of maintenance budgets
"A literature review was conducted to investigate current budget cutting strategies used in routine roadway maintenance planning, including methods and techniques that are employed by other state and international transportation organizations (DOT's). Methods that quantify impact and increased risk factors from the reduction of routine maintenance activities were investigated. Methods developed based upon previous research were tabulated and evaluated by objective criteria such as cost savings, resource savings, and road user/stakeholder satisfaction. The researchers reviewed the data and identified the most effective risk analysis techniques, which served as the basis for the maintenance risk modeling under this project."
Materials selection for concrete overlays : information survey review and evaluation of existing concrete overlays in Texas
"A comprehensive search and review of the use of concrete overlays by the TxDOT districts as well as other DOTs was conducted, with special emphasis focused on gathering information about the constituent materials and mixture proportioning used in the concrete overlays. This review also included new materials such as fibers used in previous studies and new types of fibers currently available. Publications and articles covering the various overlay rehabilitations were used as the background this project, as well as the several studies and implementation projects have been conducted for TxDOT."
Materials selection for concrete overlays : the final report
Concrete overlays have been a rehabilitation method for many years. It has been extensively utilized and studied in other states, but Texas is still at an initial stage of fully implementing the method. The large volume of concrete highways in Texas makes bonded concrete overlays, unbonded concrete overlays, and whitetoppings very viable options. However, there is a lack of educational guidelines for pavement engineers for concrete overlay construction. This research presents the information gathered from literature review, condition survey, and evaluation of existing concrete overlays in Texas. Also, a laboratory research was performed for recommendations for materials selection and construction for concrete overlays. From these, guidelines for materials selection and construction method developed that will assist in future concrete overlays in Texas are presented.
Measuring access to transit service in rural transit systems : feedback from the workshops and recommendations for improving the Demand Response Transit accessibility tool
"This report discussed the application of the para-transit patron accessibility analysis tool developed by the University of Texas researchers. The analysis tool is applied to four rural transit agencies in Texas. Workshops were held at these four agencies plus two other agencies. The workshops were undertaken to achieve the following three objectives: (1) Provide an overview of the demand response transit (DRT) accessibility tool developed by the research team and to demonstrate how it can be used as a proactive planning tool by the transit agencies, (2) Obtain feedback from the transit agencies on the results predicted by the DRT Tool, and (3) Identify recommendations for improving the DRT Tool."
Megaregion freight planning : a synopsis
"Megaregion interest has grown strongly in the last decade and is now seen be a growing number of planners as offering effective contributions to problems such as modal congestion, development disparity, and air pollution that individual metropolitan areas or cities cannot resolve individually. Megaregion planning presents an alternative way of mitigating metropolitan problems of large-scale transportation systems, green infrastructure, and economic development and has attracted a number of transportation advocates since 2000."
Monitoring of experimental sections using a web-based database
"In recent years, a number of databases have been developed as part of TxDOT's Research Program for a diversity of goals and objectives. However, there is no one database that collects and stores lessons learned from long-term field application of different technologies or methods - in particular, after the original research project has concluded. Establishing a database that can hold information from research and construction projects provides TxDOT personnel, practitioners, and researchers with a tool to reference information from past studies to supplement data and avoid duplication of efforts."
Peer state assessment of TxDOT maintenance program and practices: workshop and road rally findings
"The goal of the project was to conduct a workshop at CTR and in the Austin District that would educate the visiting peers on TxDOT"s maintenance practices and invite their feedback."
Progress during the first year towards building the Total Pavement Acceptance Device (TPAD)
This report discusses the significant progress that was made towards developing the Total Pavement Acceptance Device (TPAD) during the first year of Project 0-6005.
Project report on the continued development and analysis of the Flexible Pavements Database
"The efforts of 0-6275 were primarily twofold. One aspect was geared towards extensive performance monitoring and material testing for better characterization of the experimental sections included as part of 0-5513 as well as new sections that were to be incorporated in the enhanced version of the TFPD. The other aspect of the study was to look into the calibration of the transfer functions in the newly developed MEPDG as well as Texas ME Design procedure being sponsored by TXDOT through the 0-5798 research study. It was understood that an effort to determine reliable bias correction factors would necessitate a large volume of project specific information for a number of pavement sections that are well spread out within the state such that differences in materials, traffic, construction practices and climate are captured. The TFPD supplemented by other databases like the DCIS and the LIMS will ensure that the data needs for the calibration exercise are met and fulfilled to the extent possible. When time series data were not available, the researchers utilized relevant data from the FHWA's Long Term Pavement Performance Studies (LTPP). This interim report summarizes the activities performed during the first 7 months of the project, when the current project was terminated. Therefore, this document reports on the work performed in Tasks 1 through 7.
Proposed Texas Department of Transporation strategic research program : second year report
In February 2010, The Texas Department of Transportation (TcDOT) contracted with the Center for Transportation Research (CTR) at The University of Texas at Austin, the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), and The Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation (TechMRT) at Texas Tech University, to assist TxDot in developing a Strategic Research Program (SRP). This report documents the work conducted from September 2010 to August 2011.
Proposed TxDOT strategic research program
"This report documents the results of the work conducted by the Center for Transportation Research (CTR) at the University of Texas at Austin, the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), and The Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation (TechMRT) at Texas Tech University, to assist TxDOT in developing the elements of the SRP."
The rigid pavement database: overview and data collection plan
"In order to keep the rigid pavement (RP) database current and statistically representative of Texas' pavements, periodic reassessments of the database must be made in order to obtain updated sampling plans and new recommendations for future data collection. This report documents a study of the twenty-four-year database, examines the past and current demographics of the data, and identifies the need for improvement in critical areas."
RTI special studies for TxDOT administration in FY 2011
"This research project was established by TxDOT's Research and Technology Implementation Office to address special studies required by the department's Administration during FY 2011. Three short-term, quick-turnaround tasks were completed and are documented."
Shear strengthening of reinforced and prestressed concrete beams using Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) sheets and anchors
This report presents experimental results, installation procedures for CFRP sheets and anchors, specifications for fabrication and installation of CFRP anchors, and anchored CFRP shear design guidelines.
Texas energy sector: past and future
"The objectives of this research study were to (a) illustrate and quantify the impacts imposed by the energy sector on Texas's transportation system and (b) identify key energy demand indicators by energy source that TxDOT can track in an effort to anticipate the associated future transportation impacts on Texas's transportation system."
The Texas rigid pavement database annual report, 1999
"This report analyzes and evaluates new information collected in 1998 for the jointed concrete pavement (JCP) database, which currently comprises information on 137 test sections. This report demonstrates the relevance of maintaining the rigid pavement database (RPDB)."
Texas roundabout guidelines : final report
"This report contains best practices for choosing appropriate locations and design concepts for Texas roundabouts. This research effort is comprised of the following components: synthesis of available literature and analysis methods, development of capacity analysis methods, validation and enhancement of existing tools, and a spreadsheet tool to aid in roundabout planning and implementation."
Traffic operations and safety benefits of active traffic strategies on TxDOT freeways
Report discussing a project, which developed a series of interdependent models and a simulation framework to evaluate the traffic operations and safety benefits of ATM strategies. Four ATM scenarios were evaluated in this study: variable speed limits (VSL), peak-period shoulder use, VSL and shoulder use, and ramp metering.
Validation and implementation of the structural condition index (SCI) for network-level pavement evaluation
"The objective of this research is to validate the pavement Structural Condition Index (SCI) developed under a previous Research Project, 0-4322, and to develop guidelines for implementing the SCI at the network level."
A web-based pavement performance and maintenance management and Geographic Information Systems mapping system for easy access to pavement condition information
"This report presents a new approach to the development of such a decision support system with its focus on maintenance management for TxDOT."