Current research in pavement engineering
includes the development of asphalt and concrete
mechanistic-empirical pavement response and
performance models, material characterization
using non-destructive field and laboratory
testing, advanced cost-effective pavement
preservation methodologies, rapid construction
quality assurance technologies, innovative
pavement management strategies, dynamic
vehicle-pavement interaction, and modeling of
vehicle operating costs.
A modest amount of research also is done in
transportation safety, including work zone
safety, effectiveness of traffic control
devices, safety and mobility of older persons,
and surrogate measures of accident exposure.