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The Research Unit handles the day to day operations of the research program. The section assists with fulfillment of the Department’s mission of “providing South Carolina the best possible intermodal transportation system and services for the safe, efficient movement of people and goods, and stewardship of the state’s environment and natural beauty,” by conducting applicable research, disseminating information, and promoting national research programs.

The section’s tasks include managing contracted research projects contained in the SPR program, managing the Department’s New products program, and coordinating research activities involved with national research programs such as USDOT, FHWA, AASHTO, TRB, and NCHRP.