Project Spotlight

Urban Watersheds Added to StreamStats, an Online Tool for Estimating Watershed Peak Flows, by ICT/USGS Researchers for IDOT

Published October 17, 2016

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) owns or maintains more than 8,000 bridges over waterways throughout the state. IDOT’s Central Bureau of Bridges and Structures (aka the Bridge Office) employs state-of-the art tools to help ensure that bridge and culvert waterway openings are adequately designed to provide safe crossing.Read More

ICT Project Combines Weather Data and Computer Models to Help IDOT Highway Maintenance Crews Keep Illinois Roads Clear

Published October 17, 2016

Obtaining an accurate picture of road conditions at any given time is a great benefit to motorists and road construction and maintenance crews. Currently, highway maintainers use weather forecast sites and road weather information system (RWIS) data to support winter maintenance decisions. Combining weather forecast data with pavement models creates a new dataset that can be highly useful to IDOT, as well as to municipal and county agencies.
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Guidelines Developed for Hot-Poured Crack Sealant Treatments

Published July 1, 2016

Crack sealing is a cost-effective, preventive maintenance method that helps extend the service life of pavements by preventing liquid and solid materials from penetrating the pavement system. Depending on the temperature of the sealing material at the time it is applied, sealants are classified as either “cold-pour” or “hot-pour.” When properly selected and installed, sealants have the ability to extend the service life of pavements from three to five years.Read More

Wide-Base Tires Have Positive Impact on Environment and Industry

Published May 1, 2016

ICT researchers strive to facilitate the development and timely implementation of cost-effective technologies that improve safety, durability, and reliability; reduce congestion and environmental impact; optimize the life and use of the transportation infrastructure; and maximize the return on taxpayer dollars.Read More