Project Spotlight

Research Seeks to Improve Traffic Monitoring

Published October 4, 2018

Since 2014, there has been a steady flow of about 250 million cars and trucks on U.S roads. That number is expected to rise as the nation’s population continues to grow. As a result, drivers may expect an increase in traffic and commute times. State and local agencies understand the importance of using traffic sensing technology to collect traffic data to help them better manage traffic congestion, road construction, and traffic signal intervals.Read More

Research Investigates the Impact of Artificial Lighting on Soybean Growth

Published August 30, 2018

According to the Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois has been the top producing soybean state in four of the last five growing seasons. In 2017, Illinois farmers produced 10.5 million acres of soybeans with an average yield of 58 bushels per acre and a total production of 611.9 million bushels of soybeans. As one of the state’s largest agricultural commodities, soybean crops play an important role in the local, national, and international economy.Read More

Urban Heat Islands Studied within a Pavement LCA Framework

Published April 19, 2018

Urbanization has caused artificially created surfaces to replace open land and vegetation. This led the once permeable and soft surfaces to absorb and store more heat while retaining very little moisture, thus raising their surface temperatures and causing urban areas to become warmer than the surrounding rural area. This phenomenon has been called the Urban Heat Island (UHI).Read More