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:

Airport Design-Build Bid Documents and Agency Guidance

Design-build project delivery has been embraced across several states and local agencies for large and small public transportation projects. This delivery method has also been used extensively in the construction of privately owned and operated hangars to accelerate schedule and reduce construction cost. The State of Missouri launched this research...

Understanding and Improving Heterogeneous, Modern Recycled Asphalt Mixes

A comprehensive research investigation was carried out to investigate the use of recycled materials in Superpave asphalt mixtures in Missouri. The investigation involved sampling of aggregates, binders, plant-produced mixtures, and field cores followed by a rigorous lab testing program. Lab testing included an extensive binder extraction and recove...

Evaluation of Alternatives to Calcined Bauxite for Use in High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) in Missouri

High Friction Surface Treatments (HFST) applications are used to reduce roadway crashes on risky locations and horizontal curves. Currently, Calcined Bauxite (CB) is the primary aggregate used for HFST in Missouri. Calcined Bauxite has very limited sources. This research evaluated CB's feasible alternative aggregates through a comprehensive experim...

Pollinator Habitat Along Highway Right of Way

Pollinators are important components of our ecosystems, as well as being important contributors to agricultural production. Highway right of way (ROW) is one potential habitat for pollinators. The objectives of this study were to assess existing practices of other agencies for promoting pollinator habitat within the ROW and to identify potential lo...

Wireless Crack Sensing Systems for Bridges

The main objective of this research was to develop and deploy a wireless crack sensing system that can measure and monitor cracks for concrete and steel bridge structures. The system contained a sensing unit, wireless data transmitting system, as well as a data processing unit. The sensing unit consisted of single or arrays of advanced thin film-ba...