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The following resources summarize important historic breakthroughs in highway research:

  • From the National Academy of Engineering, a timeline of breakthrough moments for highways [More]

  • In 2000, Paul C. Light from the Brookings Institute prepared the report "Government's Greatest Achievements of the Past Half Century." Focusing on federal government achievements and considering criteria such as significance (visibility), precedent-setting, importance, difficulty, and success, the report include development of a national highway system, air traffic control system and mass transit systems. [More]

  • The University of Michigan web site "Automobile in American Life and Society" describes automobile transport as an agent for change and as accelerating ongoing changes. [More]

  • From the Journal of Urban History, "The Origins and Globalization of Traffic Control Signals," by Clay McShane (1999) describes the technological and social development of modern vehicular traffic systems and driving regulations.


Exploratory Advanced Research Program

Research Highlights


EAR Program Research Results - Updated Through 2013,(FHWA-HRT-14-033)- December 2013

Multimedia Downloads

Investigating Advanced Traffic Signal Control, (N/A)- April 2011

Project Fact Sheets

Innovative Culvert Inspection - Developing An Effective Small-Pipe Culvert Inspection System,(FHWA-HRT-14-095)- October 2014

Reference Scans

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Applications for Highway Transportation,(FHWA-HRT-14-037)- November 2013


Use of Vehicle Noise for Roadways, Bridge, and Infrastructure Health Monitoring Workshop Summary Report August 20-21, 2013(FHWA-HRT-14-059)- August 2014

Scanning and Convening Activities Fact Sheets

Understanding Material Durability - Workshop Examines Aging of Composite Materials,(FHWA-HRT-14-068)- June 2014


Technological Innovations in Transportation for People with Disabilities: Workshop Executive Summary(FHWA-HRT-11-042)- September 2011

Web Articles

For Georgia State Students, EAR Program Opens a Window on Transportation Research ()- March 2014

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