JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Department of Transportation has received a federal grant to try an innovative pavement treatment that will help keep motorists safer on Missouri highways.
The $150,000 grant will allow the department to test a pavement application on curves and intersections that provides more traction for vehicles. MoDOT will use the innovative safety tool – called High Friction Surface Treatment – on Routes 54 and 179 in Jefferson City. Depending on the results and how far the money stretches, the agency may also treat two sites on Interstate 44 near Rolla.
“The High Friction Surface Treatment gives vehicles a grip on the road when travel conditions aren’t ideal, such as when it rains or snows,” said Dave Ahlvers, state construction and materials engineer. “This funding will allow us to complement the safety tools we already use, such as guard cable and rumble stripes.”
The treatments will be applied to a curve on Route 54 at the Madison Street exit, as well as on a hilly curve on Route 179 just past the Route C intersection. The projects will have to be designed and bid before the work can start.
Missouri is one of 13 states to receive a Highways for LIFE grant from the Federal Highway Administration for innovative highway and bridge projects that will improve safety, create jobs and enhance the quality of the nation’s transportation infrastructure. The grants encourage the use of innovative technologies and practices on America’s roads and bridges, such as accelerated bridge construction, cutting-edge building materials and advanced methods for construction project management.
“The sooner we can get innovations out of the lab and into use on America’s roads, the sooner we can create jobs and improve the nation’s transportation system,” said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. “These grants will help us do that.”
Added Ahlvers: “MoDOT is always looking for new and innovative ways to leverage our funding so we can continue to deliver a safe, quality transportation system.”