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InTrans graduate student receives TRB exceptional paper award

Institute for Transportation (InTrans) graduate student A.M. Tahsin Emtenan recently received an exceptional paper award from the Transportation Research Board (TRB) standing Committee on Traffic Signal Systems. The paper, “Impact of Turning Lane Storage Length and Turning Proportions on Throughput at Oversaturated Signalized Intersections,” was co-authored with InTrans affiliate researcher Chris Day, whom Emtenan is…

InTrans’ Jing Dong featured expert in WalletHub article

Institute for Transportation (InTrans) transportation engineer Jing Dong was recently featured as an expert in a WalletHub article on the best and worst states to drive in. Dong, who is also an assistant professor in Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, answered questions about the cost-efficiency and incentives for environmentally friendly…

Snowplow route optimization offers big potential

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) alone is responsible for servicing 24,000 lane miles of roadways during winter road maintenance operations. Optimizing the current routes used by snowplows has the potential to result in significant cost savings, improved safety and mobility, and reduced environmental and societal impacts. A recent research project at the Institute for…

Granular Roads Asset Management System (GRAMS) tool can aid agencies

Gravel roads account for more than 60 percent of the roads managed by Iowa counties. However, until now, there haven’t been readily available tools to help agencies evaluate granular material costs versus field performance. To help agencies evaluate and optimize their operational strategies for their granular material purchases and use, researchers recently created the Granular…

$3.5 million CP Tech Center and FAA research agreement takes off

The National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), with substantial help from the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), signed a $3.5 million cooperative agreement in late September. Per the agreement, the CP Tech Center will administer wide-ranging design, materials, and construction research contracts for the new Airport Pavement…

ATSPMs make traffic signal management proactive, not reactive

Traffic signal management is an ongoing struggle for local municipalities. The desire to improve safety and service is often at odds with congestion and costs. That is where ATSPMs, better known as automated traffic signal performance measures, come in. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently promoted ATSPMs in their fourth round of Every Day Counts…

Iowa Build a Better Mousetrap winners named

2020 has been a year where everyone has had to learn to adapt and make use of what we have in innovative ways. For city and county essential workers, this is nothing new. That’s why each year the Iowa LTAP Build a Better Mousetrap contest spotlights those public works staffs that have best solved a…

AMPP’s Buss receives faculty fellowship

Ashley Buss, faculty affiliate with the Asphalt Materials and Pavements Program, received the Black and Veatch Building a World of Difference Faculty Fellowship. Buss hopes through the fellowship to be able to increase research and testing on asphalt emulsions, including running microscopy tests. The Black and Veatch Building a World of Difference Fellowship focuses on…

InTrans graduate receives environmental award

Institute for Transportation (InTrans) graduate Georges Bou-Saab recently earned a Young Professional Best Paper Award for work completed as part of his doctoral degree from Iowa State University. Bou-Saab, now a transportation engineer at Arcadis Inc. in Columbus, Ohio, earned top prize in the environmental management category from the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA)…

“A Great Big Thank You” to essential workers

The Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program put together a short video showcasing the work of city and county staff as a “great big thank you” to them for all that they’re doing during these unprecedented times. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit this spring, many people’s workloads and workplaces changed. That wasn’t the case for city…

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