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Tanyu collecting instrumentation data from RAP-aggregate base project on Minnieville road

Grant and Award Announcement

George Mason University

Tanyu Collecting Instrumentation Data From RAP-Aggregate Base Project On Minnieville Road

Burak Tanyu, Professor, Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering (CEIE); Director of CEIE Laboratories, received $36,674 from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for: "Collection of Instrumentation Data From the RAP-Aggregate Base Project on Minnieville Road."

Mason's Sustainable Geotransportation Infrastructure (SGI) research team has access to an actual roadway site located in Minnieville, Virginia, where the sections of the base course of the roadway were constructed with blends of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) and virgin aggregate (VA). This site is owned by VDOT and was designed and instrumented by the SGI research team at George Mason University as part of a previous Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC)-funded study. The goal was to promote sustainability by utilizing recycled material such as RAP to construct a new roadway. 

This site has high importance to the department of transportation agencies in the United States, as it was designed based on a unique performance criterion that is not part of a common practice. The purpose of this current contract is for the SGI research team to continue to monitor the performance of this Mason-designed and instrumented roadway site. The site consists of six sections, each being 150 feet long and 12 feet wide. The data collected will continue to provide evidence to confirm the long-term performance of this roadway and help revise the roadway specifications used by VDOT. 

Funding for this project began in Nov. 2023 and will end in late Oct. 2026.


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