Research Program


What is the
Research Program?

The mission of the Research Program is to Promote the use of innovation and emerging technology in transportation through research and development for the Alabama Department of Transportation.

The Research Section manages research projects for ALDOT. These projects are conducted by Research Partners on many topics of importance to the various bureaus of ALDOT. Proposals for projects are reviewed by the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) at quarterly meetings.

ALDOT Research Process
Approved Research
Current Research
Completed Research
Research Project Template
Research Template Instructions
FHWA Transportation Pooled Fund Program Web Site
RAC Members & Meeting Months
Product Evaluation
Highlighted Projects
Accelerated Performance Testing on the NCAT Pavement Test Track", National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT)

Research Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule

Next RAC Meeting Date
February 12, 2024
April 1, 2024** (TBD)
July 1, 2024
October 7, 2024

Submission Deadline Date
*No Submissions Received
**To Be Decided (TBD)
June 13, 2024
September 12, 2024

Research is the oldest function of organized transportation in our country. It has played a vital role in the advancements that have led to our current transportation system. Federal regulation (23 CFR 420 Subpart B) establishes the Peer Exchange process of Research, Development, and Technology Transfer management of each state department of transportation. State Planning and Research funds are contingent upon the completion of a Peer Exchange. Peer Exchanges allow each state an opportunity to share the operation of its research program with peers from other states. The Peer Exchange teams are typically composed of state research managers, FHWA representatives and university personnel. From this positive exchange, all parties receive the benefit of best management practices and positive ideas that can be incorporated into their respective research programs.

Peer Exchanges are recommended every 3 to 5 years. The 2001 Alabama Department of Transportation Bureau of Research and Development Peer Exchange was conducted at the National Center for Asphalt Technology in Auburn, Alabama. The Peer Exchange documented in this report was hosted by The University Transportation Center for Alabama on the campus of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

2011 Peer Exchange Report

2005 Peer Exchange Report

For questions pertaining to the Research Program contact Mrs. Kidada Dixon, P.E. at 334.353.6941.