The Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center (TIDC) was established in 2018 by the USDOT and is led by the University of Maine.  The Center will focus its research efforts on improving the durability and extending the life of Region 1 transportation infrastructure through an integrated collaboration of universities, State DOTs and industry. Throughout the five-year program, more than 28 faculty and 280 student researchers for 6 New England universities will participate: the University of Maine (lead), University of Connecticut, University of Rhode Island, University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Vermont, and Western New England University. The research will be focused on real DOT needs, guided by a distinguished advisory board consisting of DOT representatives from five New England states. The TIDC will serve to strengthen and augment State DOTs research programs as well as national research efforts. The research motive is to help DOTs extend the life of existing infrastructure as well as construct new, longer-lasting assets.  The UVM faculty associate Director of the TIDC is Dr. Mandar Dewoolkar.