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21-5B: Improvement of Open-Graded Friction Course (OGFC) Performance and Durability through Materials, Design, and Maintenance

20-2B: Feasibility and Performance of Low-Volume Roadway Mixture Design

20-1B: Evaluation of Performance and Life-Cycle Cost of Asphalt (8/18 Specifications)

19-4B: Implementation of Semi-circular Bend (SCB) Test for QC/QA of Asphalt Mixtures

19-2B: Development of a Moisture Sensitivity Test for Asphalt Mixtures

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

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


20-3C: Feasibility and Advantages of Accepting Concrete Other Than 28 Days

20-2C: Using the Portable XRF to Identify/Verify Field Material Properties

20-1C: Evaluation of the Miniature Concrete Prism Test (MCPT) for use in DOTD


21-2GT: Geotechnical Database, Phase IV

21-1GT: Internal Friction Angle of Sands with High Fines Content

20-4GT: Feasibility Study on Geophysical Methods to Estimate Geotechnical Properties in Louisiana

20-3GT: Development of a Design Methodology for Geosynthetic Reinforced Pavement using Finite Element Numerical Modeling

20-2GT: Instrumentation and Modeling of Geosynthetic Load Transfer Platform Performance

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

19-1GT: Maintenance of Roadway Edge Drop-Off Utilizing Readily Available Materials

18-4GT: Geotechnical Asset Management for Louisiana

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

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

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


21-2P: Correlation of Rut Depths Measured by the Profilers of LTRC and DOTD PMS

21-1P: Prediction of Road Condition and Smoothness for Flexible and Rigid Pavements in Louisiana Using Neural Networks

20-4P: Assessment of DOTD’s Friction Aggregate Sources through Laboratory and Accelerated Testing

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

18-2P: 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)

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


21-1SA: Highway Safety Culture Assessment through Louisiana’s Regions

20-3SA: Minimum Intersection Illumination

20-1SA: Evaluation of Traffic Crash Characteristics on Elevated Sections of Interstates in Louisiana

19-5SA: Young Driver Crashes in Louisiana: Understanding the Contributing Factors to Decrease the Numbers

19-3SA: Pedestrians and Bicyclists Count, Phase 2: Implementing and Applying Multimodal Demand Data

19-2SA: Reduce Pedestrian Fatal Crashes in Louisiana by Improving Lighting Conditions

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

Special Studies

21-5SS: Determining the True Cost and Benefit for Collecting and Maintaining Non-road and Non-bridge Asset Data

21-4SS: Develop and Evaluate Performance Measures for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in Louisiana

21-3SS: Evaluating Permitted/Protected Versus Protected Left Turn Signals in Louisiana

21-2SS: Evaluate the Impacts of Complete Streets Policy in Louisiana

21-1SS: The Impact of the Louisiana Grade Crossings: A Synthesis and System Analysis

20-1SS: The Future of the Louisiana Waterways Transportation System: A System Analysis and Plan to Move Commerce by Water

19-5SS: Assessing the Economic Benefits of the Transportation Infrastructure Model for Development (TIMED) Program

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


22-1ST: Investigating and Developing a MASH Compliant Contraflow Ramp Closure Gate

20-1ST: Developing the Load Distribution Formula for Louisiana Culverts

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