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Since its creation by the legislature in 1986, the Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC) has grown to national prominence through its efforts to improve transportation systems in Louisiana. The center conducts short-term and long-term research and provides technology assistance, engineering training and continuing education, technology transfer, and problem-solving services to DOTD and others in the transportation community.

The center is largely supported by funding authorized by the Federal Highway Administration. LTRC's goal is to merge the resources of state government and universities to identify, develop, and implement new technology to improve the state's transportation system. LTRC combines the efforts of DOTD and the state's universities to find innovative solutions to Louisiana's transportation problems.

What's New

Request for Proposals Issued (Due July 24, 2015)

Development of a Guidebook for Determining the Value of Research Results
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Questions & Responses
1.Does a definition of research value exist for LTRC, or are we developing it?
Response: As noted in Task 3, measures of research value may include “benefit/cost”, “lives saved”, “time saved”.
2.When developing the assessment of research value metrics are we considering the different stages of a research (development vs. implementation)?
Response: Yes
3.In the “LTRC GUIDE TO PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT” where it says “(6) IMPLEMENTATION - An assessment by the researcher of the areas of potential application of anticipated research findings.” We want to know if it wants us to specify a researcher other than the PIs to assess the findings of the project. If so, can we include a faculty who has conducted DOT’s projects? Or should we include someone else?
Response: The “assessment by the researcher” under (6) IMPLEMENTATION referred to in the LTRC Guide to Proposal Development; the “researcher” refers to the contracted research party, or the PI, completing the work.

Transportation Innovation for Research Exploration (TIRE) Awards
Fiscal Year 2016

In response to a Request for Proposals for the TIRE program, LTRC received proposals for small-scale, exploratory research in all fields of transportation science, engineering and education. Such research is characterized by:
  • Preliminary work on untested and novel ideas
  • Ventures into emerging research ideas
  • Application of new expertise or new approaches to “old” research topics
  • Multi/cross-disciplinary work crossing LTRC program boundaries
  • Research having severe urgency with regard to availability to access to data, facilities or equipment (ie. Study to support on-going research or construction projects)
  • Efforts of similar character likely to catalyze rapid and innovative advances.
Awards will be made to the following proposers:

Development of a Composite Bridge System for Short and
Medium Span Bridges

Dr. Fatmir Menkulasi, Louisiana Tech University
Easy Add-on Fuel Saver for Non-Hybrid Vehicles
Dr. Chandra S. Theegala, Louisiana State University
Development of High Strength Super Light Weight Concrete for Transportation Infrastructures
Dr. Shaurav Alam, Louisiana Tech University
Performance-Based Plastic Design for Transportation Infrastructure
Dr. Matthew F. Fadden, University of Louisiana at Lafayette


2016 Louisiana Transportation Conference
February 28- March 2, 2016
Baton Rouge River Center
*Please note that the conference will not be held in 2015.*


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