Laurie McGinnis, Director, Center for Transportation Studies
The objective of this project was to develop and support a working board and related committees for the Transportation Engineering and Road Research Alliance (TERRA). The main goal of TERRA is to bring the public sector, private sector, and academic sector together to create more opportunities in the pavement research industry. Creation of the board enhanced the partnership between all organizations and provided a leadership organization for the industry. The board facilitated a more comprehensive research program with increased strategic focus on using the MnROAD test facility and associated resources for pavement-related research. While the primary focus was to expand pavement-related research opportunities, other compatible transportation engineering research was also pursued.