Research Section


We deliver knowledge solutions and innovations so that MoDOT can make informed decisions. Research staff administer contract research to outside organizations to solve organizational challenges.

Research projects are focused on how MoDOT can change processes, products or materials in order to do our jobs in the most efficient and economical manner.

The Research Section falls under the Construction and Materials Division within MoDOT and is located in the Central Laboratory building.

What We Do

We develop an annual research program, focusing on strategic areas such as Safety, Bridges, Pavements, Materials, Geotechnical Issues, Erosion Control, Maintenance, Multimodal Transportation, Best Practices and Customer Satisfaction.

The Research Section is also responsible for other activities:

Performance of Wicking Geotextile (H2Ri) to Mitigate Pavement Pumping - Phase 2

Pumping is one of the major factors contributing to pavement failures. This reduces pavement life, affects road safety, and increases maintenance costs. Existing methods that are used as drainage systems can drain gravitational (free) water under saturated conditions but not the capillary water under an unsaturated condition. The objective of this ...

Deep Learning for Unmonitored Water Level Prediction and Risk Assessment

The research uses publicly available data to develop deep learning models to predict river gauge heights at unmonitored locations in Missouri. The geospatial and rainfall data for 20 different catchment areas of Missouri is used in tandem with the clustering and ensemble deep learning approaches to develop a high-performance deep learning model tha...

Consultant Support for Intelligent Compaction and Paver-Mounted Thermal Profiling Projects in 2020-2021

Due to the success of the MoDOT 2017-2019 Intelligent Compaction and Paver-Mounted Thermal Profiling (IC-PMTP) projects that demonstrate the paving quality improvements on numerous field projects, MoDOT has established a plan that includes additional IC-PMTP projects in 2020 and using IC-PMTP data for acceptance in 2021. To ensure the continued suc...

Evaluation of Missouri’s NBI Data to Predict the Deterioration of Bridges

The objectives of this study were to develop deterioration curves for state-owned bridges in Missouri, study certain parameters that affect structure deterioration, and develop recommendations for cost effective designs. The study used inspection history data stored in the National Bridge Inventory (NBI). The results showed that the deterioration p...

Effectiveness of Temporary Rumble Strips in Work Zones

Temporary rumble strips, including short-term and long-term, are used by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to help reduce vehicle speeds in work zones and to alert drivers they are approaching a work zone. This research study investigated the effectiveness of temporary rumble strips used by MoDOT and other state Departments of Trans...

Development of a Surface Transportation Impact Factor for Winter Severity Indices

The state of Missouri is diverse in terms of winter weather patterns, population distribution and traffic patterns.  Winter weather ranges from severe ice storms to high accumulation snow events to typical events with mixed precipitation types and amounts with a wide range of impacts across the state.  Missouri has areas ranging from sparsely popul...