$13.75M grant will help transportation research at UNL

A consortium led by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will spend the next five years researching new strategies at making U.S. transportation systems more safe. The $13.75 million grant announced Friday will go toward research to develop new crash barriers for freight trucks carrying hazardous material and improve bridge design guidelines and tools to measure the structural capacity of bridges after natural disasters or other incidents. It will also incorporate research representing a wide range of disciplines studying cognitive and visual fitness of transportation workers handling hazardous materials, improve real-time communication of incidents involving those materials and create disaster relief protocols. “It’s a broad-ranging set of problems that we’re tackling, and that’s what it takes today,” said Steve Goddard, interim vice chancellor for research and economic development. “These are major challenges we have to tackle and it requires a large, strong interdisciplinary team.”

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