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Project Details
STATUS

Completed

START DATE

07/27/15

END DATE

07/14/16

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, CP Tech Center, CTRE
SPONSORS

City of West Des Moines, Iowa

Researchers
Principal Investigator
Peter Taylor

Director, CP Tech Center

About the research

The purpose of this project was to perform on-site and laboratory testing of a modified Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) M-QMC mix placed on five slip-form concrete pavements in West Des Moines, Iowa. The aim of the project was twofold:

  1. Assess whether a modified mixture would be more likely to resist premature joint deterioration than conventional mixtures
  2. Assess the practicality of some innovative test methods being proposed for inclusion in future specifications and quality control plans

The modification of the mixture was based on findings of a multi-year, multi-university research plan seeking to better understand and prevent premature joint deterioration being experienced in Midwest locations. Because concrete placement was scheduled to occur late in the season, additional recommendations were made to reduce the risk of early age random cracking.

Several new test methods are being investigated as part of a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) effort to develop more effective specifications based on measuring and accepting mixtures based on critical properties. These tests were conducted at the construction sites in order to evaluate the practicality of the proposed test methods in field conditions and assess if the acceptable results can be obtained in the field using mixtures such as the one specified.

  • Test data collected thus far indicate that the M-QMC mixture is performing as intended, including improved resistance to deicing salts.
  • The test methods under development appear to be contributing useful information, although not all of the methods are ideal for field applications.
Project Details
STATUS

Completed

START DATE

08/01/05

END DATE

07/31/06

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, CTRE
SPONSORS

City of West Des Moines, Iowa

Researchers
Principal Investigator
Neal Hawkins

Associate Director, InTrans

About the research

The work to be performed shall encompass detail work necessary to provide enhanced planning analysis tools to forecast traffic demands within the City of West Des Moines

Project Details
STATUS

Completed

START DATE

10/01/03

END DATE

03/31/04

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, CTRE
SPONSORS

City of West Des Moines, Iowa

Researchers
Principal Investigator
Neal Hawkins

Associate Director, InTrans

Co-Principal Investigator
Reginald Souleyrette

Associate Director for Transportation Planning and Information Systems

About the research

The City of West Des Moines is Iowa’s fastest growing city. The development of Iowa’s largest regional mall (Jordan Creek Town Center) and Wells Fargo’s 10,000+ employee office complex in less than two years created the need for accurate and rapid transportation planning processes. This project integrated the region’s top-down travel demand model with bottom-up traffic impact spreadsheets and geographic information systems to provide the detail and scope required to plan and size transportation facilities ranging from 6+2 lane urban arterials and innovative internal circulation and access to non-traditional freeway interchange and urban intersection designs.

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