The benefits of effective research far surpass the corresponding investment and implementation. To develop, conduct, and implement research effectively, advanced skills and in-depth knowledge are required. The necessary knowledge and skills are not found in one individual, in one discipline, or even in one sector of our society. Rather, the most effective research comes about through partnerships and teamwork.
This award recognizes research projects within the CTS program that have resulted in significant impacts on transportation, and rewards teams of individuals who have drawn on the strengths of their diverse partnerships to achieve those results.
To be considered for this award, a group of individuals must have worked together on one or more research projects and implementation efforts that have the following qualities:
In addition, the nominated group of individuals must have:
The main problem affecting the performance of asphalt roadways in Minnesota and other cold-climate states is low-temperature cracking. Cracked pavements lead to decreased ride quality, increased maintenance costs, and shorter pavement lives. The objective of this research was to continue the work of Phase I of this study by developing test methods and specification criteria for selecting fracture-resistant asphalt mixtures and binders for low temperatures.
The work has resulted in a set of new tools to do a better job of predicting asphalt mixtures’ susceptibility to low-temperature cracking. The research has already been implemented informally in a number of projects around the state, and funding has been approved to implement the new specification on several paving projects this year.
Mihai Marasteanu, Julie Skallman, Ben Worel,
Project partners were:
Three other projects received special recognition this year:
View a list of research projects that have previously received the Research Partnership Award.