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Aging infrastructure in Missouri – such as crumbling roads and bridges – affects Missourians every day and can impede the state’s economic growth.
A new transportation research center will combine the research of Missouri S&T and the other University of Missouri System campuses with industry and government leaders to develop new strategies to address the state’s infrastructure issues. Leaders announced the new center during a ceremony Dec. 17 in Jefferson City.
The Missouri Center for Transportation Innovation (MCTI) will be led by the University of Missouri-Columbia for its first three years. Dr. Bill Buttlar, the Glen Barton Chair in Flexible Pavement Systems at the MU College of Engineering, will serve as the center’s director, joined by Dr. John Myers of Missouri S&T as the deputy director. Myers is professor of civil engineering and associate dean of Missouri S&T’s College of Engineering and Computing.