Project Spotlight

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

New Drilled-Shaft Design to Improve Safety, Save Money

Published March 19, 2018

There are thousands of bridges in the State of Illinois that connect us to where we need to go. Much of what makes these structures able to safely carry the load of your vehicle, and thousands of other cars and trucks every day, lives underground. Read More

The I-FIT Accurately Predicts In-Service Pavement Cracking

Published February 22, 2018

Committed to designing and building sustainable and flexible pavements that maintain their durability, safety, and smoothness, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has been using recycled asphalt materials in asphalt concrete (AC) mixes for the past three decades. Recycling these materials, in such a way that their inclusion does not diminish long-term performance, can help enhance sustainability and protect the environment by limiting the consumption of natural resources. Read More

Researchers Identify Ways to Decrease Road Closure Times in Illinois

Published January 23, 2018

Imagine you’re in your car sipping coffee and hoping for a smooth commute when you’re greeted by those big, orange signs. Construction. Still? This has been going on for weeks and the traffic is now the source of your daily headache. What is worse is it looks finished. Why can’t they just open the road? Read More