The Alabama Department of Transportation is currently funding a $342,000 (PI, 100% effort) research project examining the factors contributing to concrete pavement friction loss. The primary objective is to identify grinding and grooving textures that decrease the friction loss of various concrete pavement mixtures. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November 2018. (Photo credit: Satyavati Komaragiri)
The Alabama Department of Transportation is currently funding a $200,000 (Co-PI, 50% effort) project to establish a business development program for disadvantaged business entities performing transportation and construction related work in the state of Alabama. The website for this service can be found at dbe.ua.edu. The project is scheduled to be completed near the end of April 2019.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation, through Tri-Country Technical College, is funding a $64,000 (PI, 100% effort) study to evaluate base and sub-base materials. The material properties will be used for calibration of the MEPDG software for the SCDOT. A large scale experimental program utilizing a 1000 ft3 test pit at UA is also part of the study and will provide a link between laboratory scale tests and simulated field scale testing.