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Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations

Publication Number: FHWA-RD-01-061
Date: February 2001

Technology Champions for a New Century

What are the high payoff, innovative technologies that State and local transportation agencies and industry can start using now to improve our Nation's roads and bridges? And how can those technologies best be transferred into the hands of State, local, and industry users? Answering these questions is the charge of the new American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Steering Group for Technology Deployment, which kicked off its first meeting in Indianapolis in December.

At the meeting, the group defined its mission as "championing the implementation of technology among AASHTO member agencies, local agencies, and their industry partners to improve the Nation's transportation system." Reflecting this mission, the steering body will now be known as the Technology Implementation Group (TIG). Over the next 3 months, TIG will be identifying three to four technologies to champion and finalizing its business plan for delivering the technologies to users, as well as creating partnerships to facilitate that technology delivery.

For more information on TIG, contact Haleem Tahir at AASHTO, 301-975-5275 (fax: 301-330-1956; email: haleem.tahir@nist.gov).

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