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Communities of Concern

ERTC3 will improve guidance and technical assistance to DOTs and MPOs to minimize negative impacts and disparities from transportation investments on the environment.



Nanotechnology-enabled sustainable and cement-free pervious concrete pavement

Project Description: The project will take the advantage of two WSU-patented technologies (US Patent 10647612 on geopolymer binder and a provisional patent on nano-engineered penetrating sealer) to develop a sustainable pervious concrete technology. Different from conventional pervious concrete, th...

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Develop an Agent-based Modeling Tool to Promote Electrical Vehicle (EV) Deployment and Reduce Lung Cancer Risks

Project Description: The goal of this project is to develop a modeling tool capable of simulating Electrical Vehicle (EV) infrastructure design and user adoption scenarios to facilitate the planning and design of EV infrastructure systems and reduce transportation-related lung cancer risks. US DO...

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Transport and Mitigation of Tire and Road Wear Microparticles in Stormwater Runoff from Highways

Project Description: The overall goal of this project is to identify transport and mitigation of tire and road wear microparticles in stormwater runoff from highways. Emission of microplastics (MP), metals, and other organic contaminants occurs in heavy traffic areas. These contaminants then enter i...

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Remediation of Oil Products Spillage During Transportation

Project Description: This proposal aims to mitigate the oil spill from the road and water surface using commercial and sustainable dispersants. Frequent spillage of crude oils and refined products during transportation pollutes the transportation lines, sewages, and surface waters, which can have s...

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Retrofit, Self-Contained, and Smart Solar Ice Control System for Resilient Infrastructure

Project Description: The proposed project herein will implement a micro-radiant heating system (MRHS) as a retrofit layer on the surface of existing concrete pavement. The technology will utilize a combination solar photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) system and novel thermally active materials to keep sur...

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Biomechanics-Informed Pavement Guidelines for Safe Walking Surfaces

Project Description: The goal of this project is to develop data-driven pavement design parameters for optimum walking safety using human-centered biomechanical modeling and analyses. While this work will benefit all stakeholders of walkable communities, it has relevance for older adults with eleva...

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Sorption, Leachability, and Transport of AFFF Impacted Concrete Materials

Project Description: The mobility and subsequent release of PFAS within concrete structures has been identified as an immediate concern by air and maritime transportation industrial entities, however, very little is known about the rates of ingress and egress of PFAS. Identifying the rates of sorpt...

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Neighborhood Walkability and Cardiometabolic Disease in Central TX

Project Description: The term walkability refers to a measure of how conducive the built environment is to walking and can be used to predict levels of human physical activity and active travel (Frank et al., 2006) Walkability is increasingly valued for two major reasons. Firstly, walking substanti...

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