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Celebrating 30 Years of Innovation: Pavement Design

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Published on Feb 15, 2017

In celebrating its first 30 years from 1987 to 2017, the Center for Transportation Studies is looking back at research, education, and engagement highlights to illustrate the innovation that makes transportation better.

Pavement design, a key CTS research area, is a great example of how U of M research meets the practical needs of Minnesotans, in the Twin Cities metro and throughout the state. And it shows how knowledge grows over time, even over decades, and builds on the findings of past studies.

Minnesota’s cold and wet climate is tough on pavements. Designing pavements that can stand up to our harsh climate is a big priority for our researchers. They have developed new methods and specifications to extend pavement life, for both asphalt and concrete pavements. And they continue to push the envelope, using materials such as taconite byproduct and graphene nano-platelets to make more durable roads.

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