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Development of Deterioration Curves for Bridge Elements in Montana (9831-765)
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MDT Library/Technology Transfer

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Why would MDT do research, you ask? To deliver solutions so that we can provide evidence-based insights to transportation challenges!

The MDT Research Section manages applied research specific to transportation needs. The breadth of transportation research topics is broad ranging and easily touch many functions of MDT.

Research creates solutions. It starts with “what’s your problem” and ideally ends with tangible solutions that directly solve that problem, such as new products, processes, or tools.

Sharing and disseminating information to promote change created by research is called “technology transfer” and the MDT Research Section leads this important role. Technology transfer is broad ranging and provides various types of information to a large range of people, such as MDT staff and the transportation community. Example “tech” transfer mechanisms:

  • Reports published by both MDT and other agencies.
  • Library and library services.
  • Surveys, newsletters, and presentations.
  • Literature searches; and
  • MDT’s Research Section web site.

For more information, please visit the links under “Tech Transfer” on the right-hand side of the page.

What We Do:

MDT’s Research Program Section consists of several programs.

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MDT’s applied research projects improve the efficiency and effectiveness of highway transportation and engineering in Montana.


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Experimental Features

Experimental Features are included in construction or maintenance projects to evaluate various materials and methods.


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MDT Library

MDT Library makes accessible transportation-related information, particularly that which relates to the needs of MDT staff. Our collection contains nearly 30,000 titles in various formats.


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Funding for the Montana Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) is also managed by the MDT Research Section.


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Participating in Research

Information for researchers and MDT employees participating in MDT research.


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High Value Research

States compete to determine the valuable research.


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Request for Proposals

Looking for research ideas that are out for proposals?


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What's New

Review MDT’s recently published research documents and annual reports.


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Traffic Safety Culture Pooled Fund

See what the state consortium has developed.


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Multi-State Partnerships