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Citadel to help research ways to reduce traffic congestion

Ashley Heffernan
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The Citadel, along with nine other universities in the Southeast, will develop ways to reduce traffic congestion using millions of dollars’ worth of federal grants.

The Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center consortium grant will provide up to $14 million over the next five years to 10 universities, according to a news release.

The Citadel is the only S.C. institution invited to participate. It was awarded two grants equaling about $1 million over five years by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s University Transportation Center, the news release said.

The other institutions involved are the University of North Carolina, N.C. State University, the University of Florida, Florida International University, Auburn University, Jackson State University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Georgia Tech and Tennessee Tech.

“Our nation faces unprecedented challenges from population growth, a changing climate and increasing freight volumes,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in the news release. “Universities are at the forefront of identifying solutions, researching critical emerging issues and ensuring improved access to opportunity for all Americans.”

The Citadel will also participate in a consortium of S.C. institutions that were selected for Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility grants. That federal grant will provide about $7.8 million over the next five years for transportation research, outreach and education, the news release said.

“These new grants are a vote of confidence in the strength of The Citadel’s Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty to deliver the next generation of transportation innovations and a diverse workforce for the industry,” Citadel Dean and Provost Connie Book said in the news release.

Professors William J. Davis, Dimitra Michalaka and Kweku Brown will lead both projects, according to the news release.

Reach Ashley Heffernan at 843-849-3144.

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