Concrete That ‘Talks’: AI Sensor Tech Being Tested on I-35 in Hillsboro

by | Apr 17, 2023
Sensor tech that allows concrete to “talk” is now being tested on a stretch of I-35 in Hillsboro—and if the test is successful, it could change testing methods the construction industry has used for over 100 years. A team led by Purdue researcher Luna Lu has developed the tech since 2017. When it's embedded into a concrete pour, the sensor can send data about the concrete’s strength and potential repair needs more accurately than methods that are now being used, "accelerating the construction schedule to about 30 to 35%," Lu says.
$666M Southern Gateway Project on I-35 and U.S. 67 Is Completed, Open to Traffic
Led by Irving's Fluor Corporation in a joint venture with Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, the 10-mile-long TxDOT project included the reconstruction and widening of lanes on I-35E between U.S. 67 and I-30 and on U.S. 67 between I-20 and I-35E. Along this stretch of I-35, phase one of Southern Gateway Park—a sprawling planned deck park near the Dallas Zoo—has been decked out for its continuing construction.