Research Projects

Websites for MDT-funded research projects that were completed before 2018 have been removed from the Completed and All webpages.

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Category Title Contract Start Contract End Completion Status Contract Amount Consultant
Environmental Remediation of Deicer Contaminated Soils using Native Montana Plants Proposed
Maintenance 27th Street RR Crossing - Billings Proposed
Bridge/Hydraulics Concrete-Filled Steel Tube to Concrete Pile Cap Connections – Further Evaluation/Improvement of Analysis/Design Methodologies (Phase 4) 07/01/2018 06/30/2024 Active $217,405 Montana State University (MSU)
Safety Effectiveness of Highway Safety Public Education at Montana Motor Vehicle Registration Stations by Streaming a Variety of Safety Content 03/15/2020 08/11/2023 Complete $150,000 Western Transportation Institute (WTI)
Bridge/Hydraulics Evaluation of Thin Polymer Overlays for Bridge Decks 01/22/2020 01/30/2024 Complete $101,979 Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE)
Bridge/Hydraulics A Feasibility Study of Road Culvert Bridge Deck Deicing Using Geothermal Energy 07/13/2020 12/31/2024 Active $210,701 Montana State University (MSU)
Safety Safety Evaluation of Sinusoidal Centerline Rumble Strips 01/19/2022 07/10/2026 Active $184,731 Pennsylvania State University (PSU)
Environmental Effective Wildlife Fences Through Better Functioning Barriers at Access Roads and Jump-Outs 12/20/2020 03/31/2026 Active $218,105 Western Transportation Institute (WTI)
Construction Artificial Intelligence (AI) Based Tool to Estimate Contract Time 04/08/2021 12/30/2023 Complete $130,000 Texas A&M University (TAMU)
Bridge/Hydraulics Exploration of UHPC Applications for Montana Bridges 08/01/2021 07/31/2024 Active $161,015 Montana State University (MSU)
Bridge/Hydraulics Feasibility of Non-Proprietary Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) for Use in Highway Bridges in Montana: Implementation (Phase 3) 12/22/2020 04/30/2024 Complete $113,727 Montana State University (MSU)
Geotechnical Development of P-Y Curves for Analysis of Laterally Loaded Piles in Montana 04/27/2022 11/30/2026 Active $246,089 Montana State University (MSU)
Geotechnical Organization and Analysis of Measurement While Drilling (MWD) Data 08/31/2022 10/31/2024 Active $103,554 Montana Tech
Bridge/Hydraulics Significant Factors of Bridge Deterioration 01/09/2023 10/31/2024 Active $98,705 Western Transportation Institute (WTI)
Bridge/Hydraulics Use of Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites for Bridge Repairs in Montana 01/09/2023 03/31/2026 Active $270,026 Montana State University (MSU)
Safety Resources and Tools to Reduce Multi-Risk Driving Behaviors 03/01/2021 09/30/2024 Active $229,600 The Center for Health and Safety Culture
Safety Resources and Tools to Improve Pedestrian Safety 05/01/2022 04/30/2025 Active $244,500 The Center for Health and Safety Culture
Safety Understanding Aggressive Driving and Ways to Reduce It (Phase 2) 05/09/2024 03/31/2026 Active $247,573 The Center for Health and Safety Culture
Bridge/Hydraulics Regional Regression Equations Based on Channel-Width Characteristics to Estimate Peak-Flow Frequencies at Ungaged Sites in Montana Using Peak-Flow Frequency Data through Water Year 2011 02/01/2017 05/28/2021 Complete $225,000 United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Bridge/Hydraulics Bridge Deck Cracking Evaluation 08/06/2019 01/31/2022 Complete $188,876 Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE)
Bridge/Hydraulics Peak-Flow Variability, Peak-Flow Informational Needs, and Consideration of Regional Regression Analyses in Managing the Crest-Stage Gage Network in Montana 09/03/2019 09/02/2021 Complete $225,000 United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Bridge/Hydraulics Evaluating the Use of Video Cameras to Estimate Bridge Scour Potential at Four Bridges in Southwestern Montana 08/01/2019 09/30/2022 Complete $144,000 United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Construction Effective Production Rate Estimation and Activity Sequencing Logics Using Daily Work Report Data: Phases 1 and 2 01/01/2021 04/30/2022 Complete $170,799 Texas A&M University (TAMU)
Environmental MDT Wildlife Accommodation Process 02/14/2019 10/31/2024 Complete $212,000 KLJ
Environmental Testing ‘wildlife friendly’ fence modifications to manage wildlife and livestock movements 07/19/2021 12/31/2023 Complete $55,000 University of Montana (UM)
Geotechnical Guidelines for Chemically Stabilizing Problematic Soils 05/21/2020 02/28/2022 Complete $152,700 Boise State University
Geotechnical Large-Scale Laboratory Testing of Geosynthetics in Roadway Applications 02/21/2018 06/30/2021 Complete $379,656 Montana State University (MSU)
Maintenance Icy Road Forecast and Alert (IcyRoad): Validation and Refinement Using MDT RWIS Data 07/13/2020 05/31/2022 Complete $74,369 University of Montana (UM)
Materials Alkali-Silica Reactivity in the State of Montana 04/06/2018 01/30/2022 Complete $66,428 Montana State University (MSU)
Materials Numerical Modeling of the Test Pit for Falling Weight Deflectometer Calibration 11/20/2020 12/23/2021 Complete $23,629 Montana Tech
Safety Key Information for Cannabis and DUIC Policy 06/19/2018 06/1/2019 Complete pooled fund The Center for Health and Safety Culture
Safety Understanding Law Enforcement Attitudes and Beliefs about Traffic Safety 03/21/2017 04/30/2019 Complete pooled fund The Center for Health and Safety Culture
Safety Developing a Methodology for Safety Improvements on Low-Volume Roads in Montana 02/15/2019 11/30/2021 Complete $63,511 Western Transportation Institute (WTI)
Bridge/Hydraulics Development of Deterioration Curves for Bridge Elements in Montana 04/01/2020 02/28/2023 Complete $74,900 Western Transportation Institute (WTI)
Administration Analyze Business Models for Implementation and Operation of a Statewide GNSS RTN 12/02/2020 01/31/2023 Complete $74,991 Western Transportation Institute (WTI)
Safety Driving After Cannabis Use 06/05/2015 02/02/2017 Complete $143,000 The Center for Health and Safety Culture
Safety Exploring Traffic Safety Citizenship 06/05/2015 02/02/2017 Complete $149,800 The Center for Health and Safety Culture
Safety Understanding Law Enforcement Attitudes and Beliefs about Traffic Safety 07/14/2017 07/01/2019 Complete $162,566 The Center for Health and Safety Culture
Safety Key Information for DUIC Policy 06/21/2018 12/17/2019 Complete $10,919 The Center for Health and Safety Culture
Safety Proactive Traffic Safety: Empowering Behaviors to Reach our Shared Vision of Zero Deaths and Serious Injuries 08/01/2018 08/01/2019 Complete $33,000 The Center for Health and Safety Culture
Safety Traffic Safety Culture Primer 06/21/2018 11/05/2019 Complete $45,682 The Center for Health and Safety Culture
Safety Guidance for Evaluating Traffic Safety Culture Strategies 02/01/2018 01/01/2021 Complete $52,900 The Center for Health and Safety Culture
Safety Guidance on Messaging to Avoid Reactance and Address Moral Disengagement 02/01/2018 01/01/2021 Complete $125,400 The Center for Health and Safety Culture
Safety Guidance to Promote Workplace Policies and Family Rules to Reduce Cell Phone Use While Driving and Promote Engaged Driving 06/01/2019 08/01/2021 Complete $152,000 The Center for Health and Safety Culture
Safety A Review of Methods to Change Beliefs 03/01/2021 04/01/2022 Complete $77,900 The Center for Health and Safety Culture
Environmental Evaluate MDT Electrified Wildlife Deterrent Mats On Hold $405,000
Geotechnical An Inventory and Assessment of Bank Stabilization Techniques Proposed
Environmental Renewable Energy Generation within MDT Right of Way (ROW) Proposed
Administration The Future of Transportation Funding in Montana Proposed
Maintenance Bringing Montana's History into the Future: Modernizing MDT's Interpretive Marker System 04/02/2024 10/31/2025 Active $77,459 Western Transportation Institute (WTI)
Environmental Classify Wetland and Vegetation Using Multispectral Sensors Proposed
Maintenance Remote Observation over Time (Drone in a Box) Proposed

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