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18-5B: Evaluation of Asphalt Rubber and Reclaimed Tire Rubber in Chip Seal Applications

18-4B: Effect of Increased Asphalt Pavement Density on its Durability

17-1B: Field Implementation of Handheld FTIR Spectrometer for Polymer Content Determination and for Quality Control of RAP Mixtures

17-4B: Development of a 4.75-mm (No. 4) NMS Mixture

16-4B: Evaluation of Non-SBS Modified Binders using the Multiple Stress Creep Recovery Test

15-1B: Evaluation of Crumb Rubber Modification of Louisiana Mixtures

14-1B: Effects of Temperature Segregation on the Volumetric and Mechanistic Properties of Asphalt Mixtures


18-6C: Influence of Internal Curing on Measured Resistivity

17-1C: Effect of Clay Content on Alkali-Carbonate Reactive (ACR) Dolomitic Limestone

16-1C: Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tagging for Material Tracking and Future Asset Management

14-5C: DOTD Support for UTC Project: Development of Rapid PCC Pavement Repair Materials and Construction Techniques

14-4C: Evaluation of Bonded Concrete Overlays over Asphalt under Accelerated Loading


19-2GT: Quality Control/Assurance on Base Course and Embankment with the Dynamic Cone Penetrometer

18-4GT: Geotechnical Asset Management for Louisiana

18-1GT: Analysis of Driven Pile Capacity within Pre-Bored Soil

17-2GT: Update the Pile Design by CPT Software to Incorporate Newly Developed Pile-CPT Methods and Other Design Features

17-1GT: Verification and Implementation of Set-up Empirical Models in Pile Design

16-1GT: Geotechnical Design Manual

16-6GT: Incorporating the Site Variability and Laboratory/ In-situ Testing Variability of Soil Properties in Geotechnical Engineering Design

13-5GT: Monitoring of In-Service Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil (GRS) Bridge Abutments in Louisiana

13-3GT: Finite Element Analysis of the Lateral Load Test on Battered Pile Group at I-10 Twin Span Bridge

15-1GT: pLog Enterprise-Enterprise GIS-Based Geotechnical Data Management System Enhancements

13-9GT: CORS 911: Continuously Operating Reference Stations for the Bayou Corne Sinkhole

11-3GT: Accelerated Load Testing of Geosynthetic Base Reinforced Pavement Test Sections

11-1GT: In-situ Evaluation of Design Parameters and Procedures for Cementitiously Treated Weak Subgrades using Cyclic Plate Load Tests


19-2P: Mechanistic Characterization of Asphalt Overlays for Pavement Rehabilitation and Preservation Using Pavement ME Approach

19-1P: Application of Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Approach into RCC Pavement Thickness Design

18-4P: Cost-Effective Detection and Repair of Moisture Damage in Pavements

18-3P: Best Practices for Assessing Roadway Damages Caused by Flooding

18-2P: Mitigating Joint Reflective Cracks using Stone Interlayers: Case Study on Louisiana Highway 5, Desoto Parish

18-1P: Exploration of Drone and Remote Sensing Technologies in Highway Embankment Monitoring and Management (Phase I)

17-1P: Improving the Use of Crack Sealing to Asphalt Pavement in Louisiana

17-2P: Implementation of a Localized Roughness Specification for Use on Louisiana Bridges

16-2P: Transportation Infrastructure Asset Damage Cost Recovery Correlated with Shale Oil/Gas Recovery Operations in Louisiana

16-5P: Pavement Service Life Extension Due to Asphalt Surface Treatment Interlayer

16-6P: Quality Management of Cracking Distress Survey in Flexible Pavements using LTRC Digital Highway Data Vehicle

12-11P: Field Validation of Equivalent Modulus for Stabilized Subgrade Layer

Pooled Fund/UTC

19-3PF: Synthesis on the Best Practices for State DOTs to Determine Project Delivery Time, Project Management,and Ratio of Consultant to In-House Design

19-2PF: Synthesis on the Contributing Factors and Effective Countermeasures for Low Volume Roadway Fatality Rates in the Southeast

19-1PF: Synthesis on Documenting and Tracking Research Implementation

14-5PF: Design and Analysis Procedures for Asphalt Mixtures Containing High RAP Contents and/or RAS

16-1PF: Development of a Guidebook for Determining the Value of Research Results


19-1SA: Evaluation of Counting Device for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

18-5SA: Evaluating Pedestrian Crossings on High Speed Urban Arterials

18-4SA: Intersection on Horizontal Curves: Problems and Potential Solutions

18-2SA: Louisiana’s Alcohol-Impaired Driving Problem: An Analysis of Crash and Cultural Factors

18-1SA: Economic Effect of Restricted Crossing U-Turn Intersections in Louisiana

17-1SA: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Regulatory and Warning Signs on Driver Behavior near Highway/Rail Crossings

16-5SA: Highway Work Zone Construction Safety Research and Training: A Driving Simulator Study

16-4SA: Pedestrians and Bicyclists Count: Developing a Statewide Multimodal Count Program

16-1SA: Highway Construction Work Zone Safety Performance and Improvement in Louisiana

15-3SA: Investigating Safety Impact of Centerline Rumble Strips, Lane Conversion, Roundabout and J-Turn Features on Louisiana Highways

Special Studies

19-4SS: The Impact of the Louisiana Rail Infrastructure: A System Analysis and Plan

19-2SS: Determining Louisiana’s Roundabout Capacity

18-6SS: An Assessment of DOTD’s Consultant Plan Development and Performance Rating Process

18-4SS: ITE Trip Generation Modification Factors for Louisiana

18-3SS: Evaluation of DOTD’s Existing Queue Estimation Procedures

17-6SS: Evaluation of HeadLight: An E-Construction Inspection Technology

17-5SS: Development of Guidelines for Ramp Metering Implementation and Performance Evaluation on I-12

17-4SS: Dredging Louisiana’s Navigable Waterways: a Statewide Systematic Approach to Meeting Dredging Needs

17-3SS: Hurricane Evacuation Modeling Package

16-5SS: Diverted Traffic Measurement

14-3SS: Development of a Mode Choice Model to Estimate Evacuation Transit Demand

15-2SS: Cost and Time Benefits for Using Subsurface Utility Engineering in Louisiana

14-5SS: LTRC Project Management and Tracking System Enhancement

12-2SS: History of Road Design Standards in LADOTD

10-6SS: Establishing an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Lab at LTRC Phase II


18-5ST: Investigating Available State-of-the-Art Technology for Determining Needed Information for Bridge Rating Strategies

18-4ST: Load Rating of Existing Continuous Stringers on Louisiana's Bridges

15-3ST: Rehabilitation of Deteriorated Timber Piles using Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites

16-1ST: Retrofit of Existing Statewide Louisiana Safety Walk Bridge Barrier Railing Systems

16-4ST: Over Height Impact Avoidance and Incident Detection System

14-1ST: Evaluating Louisiana New Deck Continuity Detail for Precast Prestressed Concrete Girder Bridges