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:

Pavement Roughness Measurement Using Android Smartphones: Case Study of Missouri Roads and Airports

To address a need for simple and low cost tools to facilitate the evaluation of airport pavement condition for smaller airports with limited resources, a study was undertaken to evaluate an android smartphone application for use in assessing airport pavement condition.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems: An Overview of Strategies and Opportunities for Missouri

This research explored the adoption of UAS technology at the national and state levels – focusing on the role of transportation agencies, activities, policies, and strategies promoting safe UAS operations and economic growth. 

Foundation Reuse: Length, Condition, and Capacity of Existing Driven Piles

Researchers from the University of Missouri performed research to evaluate various methods for predicting the installed length, assessing the condition, and predicting the load capacity of existing foundations.

Evaluation of Green Lights on TMAs

Researchers from the University of Missouri  investigated the use of green versus traditional amber lights on Truck Mounted Attenuators (TMAs) to determine if their use could improve safety in mobile work zones.

Design and Performance of Cost-Effective Ultra High Performance Concrete for Bridge Deck Overlays

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology developed a cost-effective ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) for bonded bridge deck overlays. The high durability and mechanical properties of such repair material can offer shorter traffic closures and prolong the service life of the bridge deck.

Intelligent Compaction and Infrared Scanning Field Projects with Consulting Support

As part of a FHWA Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) grant, consultant The Transtec Group developed the MoDOT IC-IR Protocol and training materials, conducted IC-IR training, and provided on-site technical support for 13 IC-IR field projects, data analysis, and reports of IC-IR field data. The project included field test results, lessons learn...