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.

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...

Field Implementation of Rubberized Chip Seal

Chip seals have been widely used as a pavement maintenance surface treatment due to its competitive cost and construction time. Recently, the research team developed a rubberized chip seal where natural aggregate is replaced with crumb rubber obtained from recycled tires.

Characterization and Performance of Zero-Cement Concrete

This study investigated the feasibility of using five different types of class C fly ashes (FAs)  sourced from Labadie, Jeffrey, Kansas City, Thomas Hill, and Sikeston power plants in the state of Missouri to synthesize zero-cement concrete (ZCC) for different structural and repair applications.

Field Implementation of Super-Workable Fiber-Reinforced Concrete for Infrastructure Construction

A fiber-reinforced super-workable concrete (FR-SWC) made with 0.5% micro-macro steel fibers and 5% CaO-based expansive agent was used for the new deck slab of Bridge A8509.

Performance Characteristics of Modern Recycled Asphalt Mixes in Missouri, Including Ground Tire Rubber, Recycled Roofing Shingles, and Rejuvenators