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:

Consultant Support for IC-PMTPS Projects

Due to the success of the MoDOT 2017 Intelligent Compaction (IC) and Infrared Scanning (IR) projects that demonstrated Quality Control (QC) improvements on 13 field projects, MoDOT established a plan that included further IC and Paver-mounted Thermal Profile Systems (PMTPS) projects in 2018-2019 with a goal of full implementation in 2021. To ensure...

Field Implementation of Compacted Concrete Pavement

The main objective of this research is to investigate the performance of Compacted Concrete Pavement (CCP) with special design features that can reduce construction cost and create a safe and durable surface texture. The CCP mixture was evaluated for key fresh properties, mechanical properties, drying shrinkage, and durability. Goals of this study ...

Performance of Wicking Geotextile on Mitigating Water Pumping Issue on I-44 Highway

Water within pavement layers is the major cause of pavement distresses. Such effects reduce durability of the pavement, damaging it. To counter this, a full-scale test section located along I-44 highway was constructed and monitored to investigate the effect of a new type of wicking geotextile to enhance pavement drainage and to mitigate water pump...

Predictive Deep Learning for Flood Evacuation Planning and Routing

This report uses deep learning methods, along with geospatial data from the USGS National Map and other public geospatial data sources, to aid in the development of forecasting tools capable of assessing water level rate of change in high risk flood areas. These tools build on existing models developed by the USGS, FEMA, and others, and were used t...

Immersive Work Zone Inspection Training Using Virtual Reality

Can virtual reality tools be used to train engineers that inspect work zones? This report delves in to interactive and immersive training platforms that use virtual reality to train state department of transportation (DOT) staff who inspect work zones for compliance.

TITAN – An Interactive Web-based Platform for Transportation Data InTegration and ANalytics

Prototype software like TITAN allows MoDOT to harness the wealth of existing big data sources and to do so efficiently and easily using user-friendly graphical tools.

Field Implementation and Monitoring of Behavior of Economical and Crack-Free High-Performance Concrete for Pavement and Transportation Infrastructure Constructions – Phase II

The aim of this project was to validate findings of the Phase I research through field implementation and develop guidelines for the use of Eco-HPC for sustainable transportation infrastructure construction.