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En Route

NEWS FROM THE INSTITUTE FOR TRANSPORTATION

May 13, 2021

Top Stories

InTrans releases En Route, annual report for 2020 calendar year

Image: 2020 InTrans En Route annual report displayed on easel
COVID-19 changed almost everything about the way the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) does business and presented its share of challenges. However, the pandemic did not stop InTrans staff and faculty affiliates from fulfilling the institute’s mission of saving lives and improving economic vitality through discovery, research innovation, outreach, and the implementation of bold ideas.

InTrans recently published its annual report for calendar year 2020 that includes a summary of the work that continued by the institute’s 15 centers and programs as well as the year’s highlights and accomplishments. More

SUDAS establishing Iowa Public Works Service Bureau

The Statewide Urban Design and Specifications (SUDAS) program has taken on the daunting—but exciting—challenge of creating a new public works service bureau in Iowa to connect the state’s more than 900 city agencies.
Image: Symbol for IPWSB showing communication icons atop state of Iowa silhouette
The Iowa Public Works Service Bureau (IPWSB) will provide a mechanism to establish much-needed communication between public works departments and be responsive to ongoing and emerging public works initiatives and concerns. More

InTrans director discusses federal infrastructure bill

Photo: Shauna Hallmark
InTrans Director Shauna Hallmark recently shared her thoughts on the $2 trillion federal infrastructure bill during an appearance on Iowa Public Radio’s River to River program. Hallmark told host Ben Kieffer that she appreciates the proposed legislation’s focus on research.
“One thing we need to do is make sure we have new ways of doing things faster, smarter, more efficiently,” Hallmark said. “It’s not just a matter of investing more in doing the same thing. We need to have research that plays a role in doing things that make [infrastructure] more efficient.” More

CP Tech Center expands reach with virtual events

Image: CP Tech Center logo symbol
Virtual meetings have become the norm as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, but they’ve also allowed the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) to expand its reach both nationally and worldwide.
While the CP Tech Center regularly drew crowds for its in-person events and its staff traveled across the country to spread the word about its projects, the virtual events have only grown the center’s potential audience. More

News Briefs

PROSPER’s Kim to be recognized with ISU excellence award See Story
InTrans graduate students flex skillset, win Leadership Award See Story
InTrans women win WTS awards See Story
Ceylan elected to ASCE Fellow See Story

Recent InTrans Research

April 2021

Determination of the Forces in X-Frames in Curved Girder Bridges Apr 2021
Development of Bio-Based Polymers for Use in Asphalt – Phase II Apr 2021
Implementation of the Negative Moment Reinforcing Detail Recommendations Apr 2021
Impacts of Internally Cured Concrete Paving on Contraction Joint Spacing Phase II: Field Implementation of Internally Cured Concrete for Iowa Pavement Systems Apr 2021
Use of Cold Gas Dynamic Spraying for Repair of Steel Structures Apr 2021
Implementation of Low-Temperature Cracking Criteria in Iowa Apr 2021
Investigation on Pavement ME Design Reflective Cracking, Faulting, IRI Prediction Models, Concrete Overlays Design Tool, and Performance Threshold Levels for Iowa Pavement Systems Apr 2021


March 2021

Reduced Cementitious Material in Optimized Concrete Mixtures Mar 2021
Guidance on Active Work Zone Data Archival Mar 2021


February 2021

Traffic Sign Life Expectancy Feb 2021
Asset Management, Extreme Weather, and Proxy Indicators Feb 2021
Exploration of Ultrasound for the Evaluation and Preservation of Structures Feb 2021
Design and Detailing Requirements for Columns Under Collision Feb 2021
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