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Binder Rheology and Performance in Warm Mix Asphalt : Interim Report

Description: This report presents the preliminary findings from a study conducted to investigate the influence of chemical warm mix asphalt (WMA) additives and reduced aging on the viscosity, stiffness, susceptibility to permanent deformation, fracture resistance, and thermal cracking resistance of asphalt binders.
Date: August 2012
Creator: Arega, Zelalem & Bhasin, Amit
Item Type: Report

Project report on the continued development and analysis of the Flexible Pavements Database

Description: "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.
Date: February 2011
Creator: Banerjee, Ambarish; Aguiar-Moya, Jose Pablo; Sivaram, Prasad; Smit, Andre de F. & Prozzi, Jorge Alberto
Item Type: Report

Equipment replacement optimization

Description: "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."
Date: October 2011
Creator: Fan, Wei; Brown, Leonard; Patterson, Casey; Winkler, Mike; Schminkey, Justin; Western, Kevin et al.
Item Type: Report

Literature review of current practices in dealing with fluctuations of maintenance budgets

Description: "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."
Date: September 2011
Creator: Gonzales, Epigmenio.; Li, Wenxing; Murphy, Mike; O'Connor, James T.; Bhat, Chandra R. & Yildirim, Yetkin
Item Type: Report

Megaregion freight planning : a synopsis

Description: "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."
Date: March 2012
Creator: Harrison, Rob.; Johnson, Donovan & Loftus-Otway, Lisa
Item Type: Report

Implementing a project and portfolio management system for TxDOT project development

Description: "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."
Date: October 2011
Creator: Khwaja, Nabeel
Item Type: Report

Implementing a project and portfolio management system for TxDOT project development

Description: "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."
Date: October 2011
Creator: Khwaja, Nabeel
Item Type: Report

Materials selection for concrete overlays : the final report

Description: 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.
Date: July 2012
Creator: Kim, Dong H.; Fowler, David W.; Ferron, Raissa P.; Trevino, Manuel M. & Whitney, David P.
Item Type: Report

Materials selection for concrete overlays : information survey review and evaluation of existing concrete overlays in Texas

Description: "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."
Date: April 2011
Creator: Kim, Dong Hyun; Trevino, Manuel; Whitney, David P. & Ferron, Raissa
Item Type: Report

Design and application of accessible land-use modeling tools for Texas regions

Description: "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."
Date: August 2010
Creator: Kockelman, Kara; Anjomani, Ardeshir; Paul, Binny M.; Nostikasai, Dian; Tayyebi, Ali & Kharel, Gehandra
Item Type: Report

Estimating Texas motor vehicle operating costs : final report

Description: "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."
Date: November 2011
Creator: Matthews, Ronald; Seedah, Dan; Ates, Murat; Kim, Kyung Jin; Anderson, Garrett; Vaughn, James et al.
Item Type: Report

The Texas rigid pavement database annual report, 1999

Description: "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)."
Date: November 2003
Creator: Medina, Cesar; Dossey, Terry & McCullough, B. Frank
Item Type: Report

Texas roundabout guidelines : final report

Description: "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."
Date: October 2011
Creator: Mills, Alison; Duthie, Jen; Machemehl, Randy B.; Ferguson, Erin; Waller, Travis; Sun, Dazhi et al.
Item Type: Book

Traffic operations and safety benefits of active traffic strategies on TxDOT freeways

Description: 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.
Date: October 2011
Creator: Nezamuddin, N.; Jiang, Nan; Zhang, Ti; Waller, S. Travis & Sun, Dazhi
Item Type: Report

Proposed TxDOT strategic research program

Description: "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."
Date: October 2010
Creator: Persad, Khali (Khali Ram), 1956-; Gilliland, Cynthia A. Weatherby; Nash, Phil; Machemehl, Randy B.; Stockton, Bill & Cleveland, Theodore
Item Type: Report

Proposed Texas Department of Transporation strategic research program : second year report

Description: 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.
Date: August 2011
Creator: Persad, Khali; Machemehl, Randy; Nash, Phillip T.; Cleveland, Theodore G.; Weatherby, Cynthia & Stockton, William
Item Type: Report

RTI special studies for TxDOT administration in FY 2011

Description: "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."
Date: October 2011
Creator: Persad, Khali; Zhang, Zhanmin; Qazi, Abds; Harrison, Robert; Trevino, Manuel & Khwaja, Nabeel
Item Type: Report