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Improving the Functionality and Resilience of Roadway Tunnels

Road tunnels are an important component of transportation infrastructure. Increased urbanization, population density and traffic congestion demand greater investments in underground transportation infrastructure. Underground transportation offers better traffic efficiency and long-term sustainability, but it also poses special design, operation and maintenance challenges. Public safety and traffic efficiency can be severely affected when hazardous events cause a major tunnel in a high...

Installation of a Smart Roadway Testbed in Brooklyn, NY to Measure the Impact of Overweight Trucks

Our January 2020 newsletter highlights the work of one of our USDOT Tier 1 University Transportation Centers, Connected Cities with Smart Transportation (C2SMART).  C2SMART has been researching the damage caused by illegal overweight trucks on bridges and pavements in urban areas. Associate Director and Professor Hani Nassif from the Rutgers Infrastructure Monitoring and Evaluation

(RIME) Group leads this multi-year effort along with ...

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New Procedure with Dust Column for Measuring Effectiveness of Dust Control Palliatives

Surveys conducted by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2016 indicate that 90% of Alaskan communities report road dust as a problem (DEC 2018). The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) (1998) estimates up to one inch of surface aggregate is lost on unpaved roads annually. That equates to 10 million tons of dust released into the atmosphere (EPA 2017). This poses health hazards, safety concerns, and environmental impacts along these roads,...