UMass to study highway sustainability

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth received more than $400,000 in grant awards from the New England Transportation Research Consortium. More

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UMass to study highway sustainability

Posted 10/9/13

DARTMOUTH – Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth received more than $400,000 in grant awards from the New England Transportation Research Consortium, the school announced Friday.

The grants, administered through the Vermont Agency of Transportation, fund projects to further study and develop innovative technologies in the area of pavement material construction and sustainability.

“This funding will allow us to further explore how we can improve the roads, bridges and highways we drive on every day,” said Walaa Mogawer, director of the UMass Dartmouth Highway Sustainability Research Center. “The future of pavement construction must be attained through sustainable, eco-friendly and economical means. The work of the Highway Sustainability Research Center is committed to that future.”

Mogawer received a total of $393,067 for two projects, one on pavement preventative maintenance strategies and another on reclaimed asphalt pavement mixtures.

Heather Miller, associate professor of civil engineering, also received funding in the amount of $26,900 for a project to study pavement recycling methods and materials.

The focus of the pavement preventative maintenance project is to research existing best practices and adapt them to the unique variety of road conditions in New England.

Mogawer brings more than 20 years of experience in pavement design, maintenance and rehabilitation to the lab alongside students from the university’s Civil and Environmental Engineering program.

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