The majority of the Center’s research is related to Highway Transportation. These efforts range from the construction, maintenance, and preservation of highway structures and bridges, to the safety of road workers, emergency responders and the public. Regular analysis of crash data, structure deterioration and the application of non-destructive materials allow researchers to assess potential problems and offer recommendations for improvement. State-of-the-art technologies, such as the Lidar and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) enable researchers to efficiently gather reliable, cost-saving data.
Research is also conducted in relation to knowledge exchange. By developing workforce training, technical assistance, education, professional development, and public involvement and visualization, the Center is working to expand the transfer of information within the industry and, consequently, improve the current infrastructure.
As transportation systems continue to grow on a global level, multimodal transportation research becomes increasingly more important. The Center recognizes this need and has the resources necessary to continue improving the Commonwealth’s multimodal system.