Transportation Infrastructure Systems

Transportation Infrastructure Systems

The Transportation Infrastructure team at RTI develops and evaluates methods of maintaining present infrastructures and new sustainable infrastructure systems.

The Innovations and Asset Management of Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure team develops and evaluates innovative techniques and materials to aid in creating new, sustainable infrastructure systems and to provide a knowledge base for industry professionals and engineering experts. Insights from the research provide industry professionals and engineering experts with best practices for designing and constructing safer and more efficient transportation infrastructure.



Our capabilities include research and testing materials and methods for bridges, roads, rail, mass transit, dams, energy production, water supply, levees and aviation. Our services include:

  • Innovative materials and techniques testing
  • Bridge evaluation, repair, retrofit and rehabilitation
  • Service life analysis and prediction of structural members
  • Non-destructive testing/evaluation and health monitoring 
  • Transportation asset evaluation and management
  • Asset mapping and inspection
  • Track modeling and alignment measurement

Project Highlights

Criteria for Predicting Scour of Erodible Rock
This study assesses the scour potential of bridges founded on rock in West Virginia with 15 sample bridge locations. The goals of the project collect geologic and hydrologic data that is site-specific, studies relationships between site hydraulics and rock scour and develops models that can be used to more accurately predict rock scour at bridges.

Manual for Assessing the Service Life of Corrosion-Deteriorated Reinforced Concrete Members in Highway Bridges
This study seeks to develop a manual for the West Virginia Division of Highways providing a procedure for assessing the condition of reinforced concrete bridge members.