Winter is quickly approaching and before long potholes will start popping up all over the region. One engineering professor is working to improve the techniques and technology that will makes those unsightly holes less common.

For the past 13 years, John Zaniewski, the Asphalt Technology Professor in West Virginia University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been working to improve asphalt design, construction, preservation and maintenance in West Virginia.

“The goal is to improve education and research about asphalt technology,” said Zaniewski.

Recently Zaniewski was awarded $110,000 to assist the West Virginia Department of Transportation with issues related to asphalt pavement performance.

“We are working with the DOT and the pavement construction industry to develop better specifications, design methods, alternative treatments, and construction practices that will lead to more cost effective highways,” said Zaniewski.

Over the next year, Zaniewski and his team will be working on research topics that range from evaluating cost effective pavement preservation treatments to improving the sustainability of asphalt construction through warm asphalt mix technology and increasing the use of reclaimed asphalt material as a component in construction projects.



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Nicole Riggleman
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