Highways

CTR/UTSA Team Provides Legislative Tools to Texas

CTR/UTSA Team Provides Legislative Tools to Texas

With an increasing demand for Texas products around the world, a growing economy, and NAFTA, we continue to see increases in truck freight volume, tonnage, and value on Texas highways. As freight tonnage increases, decision-makers must decide if passing legislation and developing policies to permit heavier trucks to operate will improve the efficiency and competitiveness …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : Bridges & Other Structures

CTR Models in Use in the Netherlands

CTR Models in Use in the Netherlands

The Highway Administration of the Netherlands is using CTR research to help manage its pavements. As almost all roadways in The Netherlands are surfaced with single-layer or double-layer porous asphalt, the interaction of surface and subsurface drainage is an essential factor to consider, particularly given the country’s history with flooding. As the Highway Administration was updating its …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : Pavements

CTR Answers Call to Assist Texas Legislature

One way CTR serves Texas is providing unbiased, third-party analysis of potential  legislation that will impact the state’s transportation system. Earlier this year, both TxDOT and the State Legislature called on a CTR-led team to analyze data in response to four house bills pertaining to truck weight limits. Providing these analyses helped TxDOT and legislators …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : Pavements

CTR’s Transparent Sound Wall Project Wins TxDOT Award

CTR’s Transparent Sound Wall Project Wins TxDOT Award

Each year TxDOT’s Environmental Affairs Division recognizes departmental projects that meet TxDOT’s transportation goals while also protecting the environment by bestowing the Environmental Achievement Awards (EAA). To be eligible for an EAA, the exemplary project must both enhance the natural and human environment and arise from district initiative (rather than from a state mandate). CTR …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : Awards

NMC Models Helping Local Communities See the Future

NMC Models Helping Local Communities See the Future

The Network Modeling Center has been busy lately helping Central Texans envision potential changes to their roadways. Using the models in the NMC toolbox, researchers Jennifer Duthie and Mason Gemar met with area stakeholders to get feedback on and allay concerns about upcoming construction projects. In October Dr. Gemar collaborated with TxDOT and Bastrop’s city …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : Highways

TxDOT Sound Barrier in Dallas

For anyone living in a densely populated urban area located next to a big highway moving lots of cars, they will testify to the amount of noise the roadways can generate. It significantly impacts the surrounding neighborhoods, and adversely affects their quality of life. Such was the case in the Dallas neighborhood of Edgefield off …


Posted by Joey Williams  |  Category : Environment

Pavement Performance Prediction System is Valuable Tool for TxDOT

Transportation agencies across the US, including the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), have long been moving towards the development of pavement management systems that allow performance monitoring of their roadways. Driven by advanced information technologies such as GIS and sophisticated modeling techniques, such systems would help transportation officials develop more accurate budget and policy planning …


Posted by Joey Williams  |  Category : Pavements

TxDOT receives award from the International Road Federation

An international road advocacy group recognized the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for the agency’s innovative four-year maintenance management plan that establishes best practices methodology to improve pavement conditions across the state. TxDOT received the International Road Federation’s 2011 Global Road Achievement Award in the category of maintenance management. The GRAA is an international competition …


Posted by clair  |  Category : Awards