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:

HFST Before and After Safety Analysis

Due to its high potential for safety improvement, MoDOT has deployed High Friction Surface Treatments (HFST) since 2013 at several areas experiencing high crash rates. To determine if the HFSTs are providing the expected results and if MoDOT’s HFST program is effective, this study was conducted with the primary objective of evaluating MoDOT’s exist...

Behavior and Repair of Corroded Steel H-Piles

This report summarizes the details of experimental work and finite element modeling conducted to evaluate: 1) the remaining axial capacity of H-piles having different corrosion severity and extension levels, and 2) the performance of repaired corroded H-piles. Seventeen full-scale H-piles were investigated under concentric and eccentric loads. The ...

Predictive Deep Learning for Flash Flood Management

This research used deep learning methods, along with weather information from NOAA/National Weather Service and geospatial data from the USGS National Map and other public geospatial data sources, to develop forecasting tools capable of assessing the probability of flash flooding in high risk areas. These tools build on existing models developed by...

Evaluating Performance of Concrete Overlays for Pavement Rehabilitation

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has a long history of concrete overlay use dating back to at least the 1930s, and over the last 20 years has constructed over 40 concrete overlay projects in a range of applications. The goal of this study was to review and evaluate the performance of bonded and unbonded overlays constructed in Miss...

Transportation Infrastructure Asset Monitoring through the Industrial Internet-of-Things

The Internet-of-Things (IoT) is a technology that has been growing since its inception in 2009. Even though this technology started with consumer applications, it has entered many industrial applications. Recently these applications are being referred as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The research goal of this study is to explore the cur...

Support for Balanced Asphalt Mixture Design Specification Development in Missouri

The primary objective of the study conducted herein was to assist MoDOT in the development of a balanced mix design asphalt specification in Missouri. At the onset of the study, a detailed climatic study was conducted. Next, asphalt performance testing was carried out across a range of temperatures to establish property-temperature relationships. M...